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 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,…

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…