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Burning the Clocks, Warming the Heart

Just like almost every year, there I was at the “Burning the Clocks” an annual lanterns parade and celebration for turning of the year. It takes place on 21st of December each year as the time of solstice and ancient Yule celebration. 472 more words


Unabashed Self-Promotion

Thank you Elephant Journal for publishing my poem, one that appeared on this blog last month. It is about my mother who lives with me and smiles in the throes of dementia. 10 more words


Winter Solstice: New Moon

From within the deepest ice-confined crevasse,

jagged with walls like knifes, jutting out,

there is born a ghost of a whisper of a prayer

surfacing like smoke from a candle snuffed out. 128 more words


January 2015

I ended 2014 with an old favorite, Winter Solstice, by Rosamunde Pilcher.  I was reminded of it by a library patron who says she reads this every year in December.  948 more words


Siem Reap - A Diamond In The Rough

One of the biggest perks of working at an international school is the vacation time! We have three weeks off during the winter break and had been planning for months as how to spend it.  1,188 more words

Inspired By...

Spring Cleaning Time

One hundred twenty seconds. That’s how many more seconds of sunlight we enjoyed here in the Northern United States compared to yesterday.

May not seem like a lot — but I used to tell entire stories in under two minutes. 497 more words


Project Wrap Up: 2014 12/24 Jia-Xin Gift & Necessities Delivery

Third year with the support of Santa Jia-Xin and a large elf team located abroad and domestically, we were able to bring necessities and holiday cheer to kids in Taiwan!  536 more words

Project Wrap Up