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I Haven’t Written That Book Yet

I always thought it would be fun to write a book. I was sure of the topic — it would be the story of my heritage, stemming from the fact that I’m a first generation American and how my family ended up in the United States.…

March 3, 2017
Pink Hats, Damned Rats and Paying the Piper
Are We There Yet? Blog

Pink Hats, Darned Rats and Paying the Piper

Saturday, January 21, 2017 was bookended by time spent in bars in San Francisco. Regardless of the side of the aisle on which you sit, it was probably a fitting activity for the day after Donald Trump’s Inauguration. For me, it was more than simply…

February 3, 2017
Teaching moments often happen unexpectedly. Rose experiments on drums at the Fort Collins Discovery Center in a simulated garage band exhibit. December 2015. Photo credit: Gail Goodman.
Blog Good Ideas

Stepping Into A Mentor’s Shoes

It’s January, that point on the Western calendar when we humans are pre-programmed to look in the mirror with trepidation, sigh and lace up our running shoes. And even though I’ll try to be good and get back into an exercise regimen, somehow it seems unfair that the New…

January 6, 2017
Light saber battle in Star Wars
Are We There Yet? Blog

Going Up The Creek With A Paddle

As a novelist, anger and despair — and we might as well throw in angst, drama and life itself — all of that stuff bumps me into storytelling mode. When I read the newspaper these days, or Facebook and Twitter, it’s evident. I get the sense we…

December 2, 2016
Immigrant Life: Taking Off the Cone of Shame
Blog Dishing It Up

Immigrant Life: Taking Off the Cone of Shame

Hi. My name is Moro. I am a Shiba Inu puppy. There’s a meme that went viral on the Internet about another Shiba Inu like me, a dog they call “Doge.” The meme shows pictures of this yellow dog with lots of silly words scribbled all over…

November 4, 2016
the remote control gene
Blog On the Homefront

The Remote Control Gene

Dr. K’s sister and brother-in-law were in town recently and stopped by the house. The last time they’d seen it was mid-remodel when the house was gutted, taken down to studs and dangling electrical wires. The last time they visited, we were tucked into a 300…

October 7, 2016
Chasing France's Past to Define the Future
Blog Wanderings

Chasing France’s Past to Define Our Future

The other day I received an email from a longtime friend — someone I’ve partied with, worked on non-profit events to raise funds in our community, someone I’ve philosophized about the world with — and I read it, thinking it was going to be one of those…

September 9, 2016
Pokémon Go challenge
Blog Brainstorms

Turning the Tables on Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go, the virtual reality game app that has been luring people ages 5 and up off their couches and out of their air-conditioned homes this summer, is the brainchild of an equally invisible mastermind. Controlled by Niantic, Inc., a subsidiary of game creator…

August 5, 2016