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Birthing a Picture Book & an Author: Part 2 of 2

If you haven’t read part one, the entry before this, you might want to (but certainly don’t have to) take a step back to get the foundation of what I will share now. If you did read it, you know that I have always loved creating stories (more particularly, through songs, poetry, short stories, newspaper/magazine…

To a Hopeful 2023 (with social media, too, sigh)

Happy 2023! A new year is a full of new tomorrows… to mess up or to keep choosing a better path, even when we fail. So when I make and break resolutions, I don’t give up, at least in the long game. If you’re a writer or a dreamer of whatever you’re called to do,…

‘Twas A Night Around New Years…

When all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even Ann’s mouse. Greetings sent out by email with care, In hopes that loved ones received them out there. The children with cousins and laptops in beds, With visions of dumplings and k-beef in heads. “Stonemama” in sweats and papa in ripped tees, Had…

Letter to Governor DeSantis and Others Who Lean Toward His (Il)logic

A letter I sent to his office soon after his public display of bullying kids who wore their masks (definition of “bullying”: intimidate the more vulnerable) We are not out of the woods… Please apologize in public, on camera to the kids (and their families) you yelled at on camera. You use that footage to…

Non-Political Masks Amid Politics

If you cringe a bit when the topic of mask-wearing comes up, please relax those shoulders and bear with me, if only to be thoughtful about both sides of the debate.  First off, let’s put politics aside, no matter how impossible that may feel. I believe we can still do this. Like your mother taught…

Living Amidst COVID-19

Recently, I was encouraged to write about this unprecedented time in history, to add my eyewitness account… What we are experiencing is a kind of metamorphosis.

A God moment between brothers. Photo by Ann Wang

God Used Adoption to Save… All of Us

  Original publication in Inheritance Magazine, May 2017 https://www.inheritancemag.com/stories/god-used-adoption-to-save-all-of-us WHAT HAVE I DONE? I quietly asked myself this countless times the first year with our adopted child. Bonding was a challenge. When he desperately reached out to a strange man in the airport and I felt repeatedly rejected in this manner, I wondered, “What have I…

A Good Friend

Originally published on DailyDevos.org  (for teens) Oct. 20, 2016Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)     I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all ofyou, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospelfrom the first day until now, being confident of this, that he whobegan a good work…

A Stroll Through Historic Olvera Street

  Originally published in The Quarterly, Spring 2016 issue In the heart of historic Los Angeles, across from Union Station, lies a charming burst of colors, culture and cuisine. Olvera Street is one of the oldest streets in LA, a shoppers delight and a snapshot into history. This living museum is home to some of…

Leo Politi’s “Moy Moy” Celebrated

  Originally published 1.21.15 in “A Stone’s Throw” Column in the South Pasadena Review Last Thursday, dancing lions roamed the streets of South Pasadena, winding through the farmer’s market, blinking lit-up eyes, flapping wiggly ears and ushering a crowd into the community room of the public library. As the lively percussion band and lion dancers…

CERT Classes Empower People to Prepare for Emergencies

  Part 1 of 2: Published 9.24.15, South Pasadena Review When disaster strikes, it’s too late to prepare. And in California, an earthquake, a fire, a windstorm or even your car breaking down on the way to Vegas in 100-degree heat can turn into an emergency situation very quickly. We know this, and yet many,…

Daddy and me

In Memory of Sang Gil Suk 8/7/39 – 9/7/14

Farewell to My Daddy: A Rock Star! A Writer. A Role Model. The Rock Star In College I told a friend about my dad’s “Rock Show.” My friend replied, “What? You’re dad’s in a band? He’s so cool!” “No, not a rock show with rock music, but a show with stones, viewing stones.” Apparently, that…

A Gorgeous Story Set in a Beautiful Era

For a good summer read that whisks you to Paris (circa 1888) try Belle Epoque, Elizabeth Ross’ lovely debut novel for young adults and more mature audiences alike. Belle Epoque or the “beautiful era” from about 1870 to 1914 (just before WWI) was a time when art and abundance flourished in France. The Eiffel Tower…

Appreciating Artistic Easter Eggs

Originally published in The Quarterly magazine, Spring 2013 Every morning, ordinary chicken eggs are cracked into frying pans. The content satisfies hunger and nourishes the body; and often, nothing more is thought of it… that is, until another egg dish is created or Easter rolls around. In the spring, the commonplace breakfast item demands attention…

Honest Strangers: You Have Got to be Kidding Me?

Recently I lost 2 pairs of dirty socks, a sweater, a young adult novel, my Bible study sheet and… my new MacBookAir with writings and edits not yet downloaded to my external hard drive. The entirety of my backpack was left nearly two hours away from my home in a parking garage at the Riverside…

Picture Book Review: Ferdinand is Still Fiercely Good

Some spoilers ahead. One of my top 10 favorite picture books of all time is celebrating its 75th birthday! The Story of Ferdinand was written by Munro Leaf, beautifully and comically illustrated by Robert Lawson. There is something endearing and timeless about this well-told story with a universally common theme. I know this, not because it…