Bad Writers are Still Writers Indeed

If you have just written something, and you are thinking, “This is really bad!” Welcome to the club, and really, welcome to the human family. We have all been there, and most likely, some of us will be there again. But what is good writing? Are you a good writer because you crafted beautiful sentences?…

The Light Amid the Darkness

I used to work by the airport, amid a dreary wasteland it seemed, and every day, I would pass a large plant along the highway. In a way, this bleak landscape was a physical manifestation of what I was feeling inside: barren, lonely and dark. Along the highway, I saw tall poles, and at the end…

The Best Gift Ever Is You

Today, I finished a quilt for my mom—three years in the making. Because I wanted a polished look, a tie quilt was out of the question. So, I quilted each block onto the padding separately with a sewing machine, and it has been such a long journey. But as I tried to finish it, I…

Moving with the Breath

As you know, I have been hibernating these past few weeks. But these words keep coming to me, and it’s the usual sign that I need write as writing is a mighty struggle for me. In Yoga practice, moving with the breath is crucial and is the only way to find support and ease as…

My First Pea Soup

A new year. A new resolution. But to be perfectly honest, I feel like a robot, checking off this and that. So, I’ve held off making any resolutions or big changes. Instead, I’ve been making pea soup. No strange analogies to glean from this post. Really, I’ve just been making pea soup. I’ve been making…

A Thanksgiving Message

Just a thought, but has anyone ever noticed that Thanksgiving is the only holiday where people place a picture of a happy, live turkey on the same table as the stuffed, cooked one they are about to eat? A bit of false advertising for the turkey, don’t you think? As the title suggests, I am…

Alone on the Holidays

With every holiday season, my thoughts turn toward all those who for one reason or another find themselves alone on a holiday. We put so much emphasis on celebrating with family and friends. It can be especially difficult if year after year you find yourself far away from family, whether physically or emotionally, when others…

A Life Lesson from Pear Picking

Every year in September I help my neighbor pick pears. I relish it as a rare treasure that many don’t get to enjoy and look forward to it much like a child at Christmas time, imagining the mouthwatering sweetness coupled with a crunchy texture, just the way an Asian pear should be. But each year, I get more…

Taking a Break with Cervantes’ Don Quixote

After a ten-year gap in reading classical literature, it was time to make my peace with that world again. So, during this break from writing, I started reading Cervantes’ book, Don Quixote. Finally my love of reading has peeked over the horizon again, and I feel wondrously happy tackling the prose of Cervantes, which is only second to the…

What’s Your Story?

We each have a story. I have a story.  You have a story.  Your next door neighbor has a story. Now some parts are good. Some parts are painful. Some of it is incredibly beautiful, and some parts are downright humiliating, but it’s your story.  I would venture to say that it’s made you the…