Welcome to a storehouse of my articles from various publications. As I focus on people, culture, the writing life, and life around Los Angeles, CA (San Gabriel Valley especially,) hopefully we can learn together, through stories that reveal truth, encourage, and inspire.
Stories have always been important to me. In my earlier years, during the final days of the summer reading program at a local public library, I proudly (and a bit embarrassingly) towered over my peers as one of the oldest kids participating. I wrote books and songs in elementary school and jr. high (and still do), enthusiastically encouraging friends to learn them. (One of my best friends, Joy, still knows every word of my “rainbow” song!)
My respect for well-crafted stories grew — on our high school newspaper, in journalism/communications in college and grad school (writing for the Daily Bruin at UCLA,) working with Reading by 9 at the Los Angeles Times, and even now, as I write for children, newspapers, and magazines.
Stories may serve as an escape from the mundane or a refuge from painful realities in life. Sometimes they’re used to teach and other times, for pure entertainment. Whatever the initial draw, truly great stories bring us back, linger in the soul, mold who we are, or encourage us to be the children God created us to be. And for me, stories for youth especially, can be deeply profound, moving, and yes, FUN beyond what my adult mind must linger on for most of the day.
So join me here (on facebook, twitter…) and enjoy a good story.
Ann Suk Wang
photos by ASWang