reflection

Contingency Plan

Life is volatile. I often ponder how it can be so full of unexpected ups and downs. Some people are blessed with calm, stable waters and an easy sail on their journey from birth to death. Some people are faced with never ending challenges, heartaches and worries. I belong to the second group. I am 

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Expiration Date

A trip to the grocery store was my favorite thing to do the first decade after I arrived in America. It was a “hobby” of mine to grab what I wanted, pay and leave. Many people thought my frequent trips to the store meant I was a chef, caterer or some kind of kitchen wizard 

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Dear California

Dear California

Dear California, I have wanted to write to you for a while but life somehow keeps delaying my plan. You know me so well, I can hear you whispering in my ear “Oh, you’re just procrastinating a little, my friend” as you wink your eye. I think you are right, aging can bring all kinds 

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Best Mom – Vietnamese Tradition

Countless great mother/daughter stories already exist on the bookshelves, in blogs, movies, songs and pictures because we can relate to the love and connection, or disconnection, in them that is inherent in this special relationship. In Asian culture, girls are taught at a very early age to become a “best loving mother” in the future. 

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Growing Old at the DMV

I’ve always said that growing old is a major hurdle in anyone’s life. We are ALL getting older everyday, every minute, every second, but we don’t have to be OLD to be getting older! The majority of us, myself included, go on living life as usual; striving, hanging in there, achieving  incredible success (or not), 

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