The Same Coin

Less than a 5 hour drive from my front door is another world. It’s like two sides of a coin, and I flip it back and forth in my mind, trying to understand how such differences coexist on the same flat expanse. Trying to understand why my side has always been so glittery and shiny … More The Same Coin

100 Percent American

Alea hopped in the car after school yesterday and cheerfully asked me, “Mama, what am I?  Is it true that I’m half Chinese and half Midland, Texas?” Puzzled by the question, and curious about the back-story behind it… I held back on answering and asked my own question.  “Why do you ask?”  Her answer was … More 100 Percent American

Brave on the Inside

“You can be brave on the inside even if you aren’t brave on the outside,” she said the other night as I tucked them into bed. The profundity of her statement made me catch my breath. “What?” Little sister scrunched her nose, not nearly as impressed as I was with her big sister’s wisdom. “Don’t … More Brave on the Inside

More Life

“Life keeps leading to more life,” Rumi said. And I know it’s true even as I keep frantically grasping for something solid to hold onto. These children, growing up before my eyes. These grandparents, growing old before my eyes. These moments are like silvery fish in a mountain creek, impossible to grasp but made more … More More Life