Opinion, Uncategorized, writing

May We Never Forget- September 11, 2001

Along Valley Boulevard, in front of the Rosemead City Hall, there is an interesting sculpture. Two shining silver hands rise up from the concrete. They hold up in contrast a piece of rusted, mangled metal. A steel beam once part of a building that stood tall twenty years and one day ago. A piece of… Continue reading May We Never Forget- September 11, 2001

california, Hiking, Opinion, outdoors, writing

The Fires Around Us

It has been a sad week here in the San Gabriel Valley. Since Labor Day weekend, amidst a record-breaking, infernal heat wave, the mountains above us have been scorched by fire. A persistent brown-grey cloud has hovered over the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and the valley below, causing extremely poor air quality, yet… Continue reading The Fires Around Us

dinner, Food, Opinion, Shopping, wine, wine and drink, writing

Friday Fun Wine List: 2020 Edition

I should vinify a wine called "The Murder Hornet." I don't need to tell anyone that 2020 has been one hell of a strange year. The 'Roaring 20's' certainly came in with a snarl, albeit in totally the wrong direction, and the sense of impending doom felt by many hasn't eased up as the coronavirus… Continue reading Friday Fun Wine List: 2020 Edition

Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, School, traditions, writing

Back to School: Version 2020

Sami starts her first day of eighth grade. Today, August 17, 2020, marks the beginning of the new 2020-2021 school year in our school district. To say that it looks different from any of the other 152 starts in the over 150 years of the district's existence is probably an understatement. There have been crises… Continue reading Back to School: Version 2020

Family, Kids, Opinion, School, traditions, Uncategorized, writing

Celebrations in the Time of Covid

This past Saturday was my Sami’s birthday. It was a big one- number 13- marking the end of her childhood years, and the beginning of her walk over the bridge to adulthood. We began the day with breakfast with her dad, with the plan to open gifts and have cake later that evening, and schedule… Continue reading Celebrations in the Time of Covid