羊年行大運: February Update, Lunar New Year-style

    February 19 has brought the Eastern world into the new lunar year, this year's fate being domineered by the luck of the goat. 羊眉吐氣 (yang mei tu qi ["qi" is pronounced chee in the Roman Pinyin system]) means that if you have been plagued you with bad luck in the past, this is the … Continue reading 羊年行大運: February Update, Lunar New Year-style

CHARGE! into 2015 (Dec/Jan Update)

The holidays have come and gone, book marking the end of yet another year. 2015 is officially upon us. I'm keeping my New Year's Resolutions simple this year, since I want to actually accomplish them: learn how to drive a stick and donate my hair to Locks of Love. It's going to happen - and … Continue reading CHARGE! into 2015 (Dec/Jan Update)

2014 in 365 words

An unbearably rough start. An incredible 26-mile victory. Facing pain and beginning a journey of letting go. Creating new memories through celebrating the Lunar New Year the local way. An involuntary sabbath. Finding stability through maintaining physical strength. 8 weeks of counseling that changed my life. Rediscovering independence through shedding unhealthy layers of dependence. Rowing … Continue reading 2014 in 365 words

Twas the Day After Christmas

   My own studio apartment to decorate, finding real potted Christmas trees at the grocery store, kindergarten Christmas program at school, Christmas pancakes for my small group, a weekend full of Christmas bustle at church, planning Aroma's first "children's Christmas program", a Christmas-themed book club-like gathering, Christmas Eve treats, Christmas movies, Christmas Day, working on … Continue reading Twas the Day After Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving! (a November update)

"The test of all happiness is gratitude." -G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy "Give thanks in all circumstances." -The Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians It's been quite the month...many things have gone as planned, many things have not. Overall, it would be a lie to say that there is shortage of things to be thankful; … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving! (a November update)

A Tribute of Thanks

Thank you, God, for all the big things and the little things, for all the successes and the failures, for the beautiful and the ugly, the frustrating and the fulfilling. Thank you for life and death and for dealing it out justly. Thank you for all the moments of color and the moments of dullness. … Continue reading A Tribute of Thanks

Hello, 2013!

Happy New Year to all my friends and family, near and abroad! I trust that all of you had a wonderful  holiday season with the people closest to you, putting up and decorating Christmas trees, wrapping presents and stuffing stockings, planning parties and preparing meals, stringing lights and hanging mistletoe. Christmas has always been my … Continue reading Hello, 2013!

HANGING IN THE BALANCE… between Christmas Day and the New Year

While we all hang here together, I thought I would share some of my Christmas video favorites from YouTube. I don't have much time to simply browse these kinds of things these days, so I largely depend of what my friends post around facebook. I come across some good stuff! Here's a few to enjoy … Continue reading HANGING IN THE BALANCE… between Christmas Day and the New Year

Just in time for the holidays!

I did it AGAIN. I somehow survived another holiday season by working straight through it and planning events and other things with every other spare moment of my time. On my own personal calendar, my holiday season starts on Thanksgiving Day, an American holiday practically foreign to the culture here and is about to wrap … Continue reading Just in time for the holidays!