My Father’s Bones

My Father’s Bones

                                                    A couple of weeks ago, Lea Thau, founder and producer of the KCRW radio storytelling show “Strangers” interviewed me. It was a remarkable experience, and I enjoyed talking with […]

Feet and the maiden

Some years I am so weighted down and distracted by my workaday life that I have a hard time locating some authentic, profound feelings of gratitude around the holidays. This year, the news helped me locate some of these sentiments. Happy Thanksgiving, readers. As I slipped on my shoes and left the house the other […]

Supernatural: an intergenerational tale

Recently I found a link to audio from the first storytelling show that I participated in, the Spark Off Rose show from October 2010. The theme was “Supernatural,” and most of us told ghost stories of one kind or another. I read a story from the memoir manuscript I’ve been working on, about the few […]

The empty cart

The empty cart

Late January 2014 For the last several months I have been mentally flagellating myself, trying to declutter my garage. My husband, kids, and I moved into this house over three years ago, and the unpacking process was a never-ending Hydra of paper, housewares, and detritus from grad school and earlier. I claimed that I’d finished […]

The early 2009 time capsule

I’m doing a bit of house cleaning lately, in both a real and metaphorical sense, and I was looking at old Facebook lists. Remember that? A few years ago, Facebook friends were tagging each other and, I think, trying to find common ground with one another through lists of beloved movies, books, and my personal […]

The Designated Celebrant: Confessions of a Holiday Hater

The Designated Celebrant: Confessions of a Holiday Hater

December 18, 2012: It’s a week before Christmas.  Since we’re a mixed religion family and Hanukkah has passed, my kids have opened most of their holiday booty from my husband and me and the rest of the family.  I tried to remain neutral about the holidays, waiting with no fixed expectations for joy, peace, wonder, […]

A brief history of racism

A brief history of racism

Last week, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported that racial attitudes have gotten worse, not better, since the United States elected its first African American president four years ago in 2008.  Those who admitted to having anti-African American feelings rose from 48% in 2008 to 51% in 2012.  If the researchers included implicit […]

The Three Amigos (Ghosts of Christmas Past)

The Three Amigos (Ghosts of Christmas Past)

  Way back in August 2012, I posted a link here to a Tumblr that no longer exists for the book Dancing at the Shame Prom. Here is the post. It’s about one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. (There were others. TK.) December 25, 1986 I was 17 years old and had […]

Tales of Marriage and Baggage

Tales of Marriage and Baggage

  Last week I was lucky enough to tell a story at The Moth “Marriage” show in Santa Monica.  I’m not someone who moved to Los Angeles to be an actor, although I love my actor and comedian friends and go to as many of their shows as I can.  I don’t really want to be […]

Happy Year of the Dragon!

Happy Year of the Dragon!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in All, Asian, Personal, The Rag and Bone Man | No Comments

Happy Chinese New Year! I must be honest: I haven’t done a thing yet to celebrate the Dragon Year.  But our dear friend and Chinese teacher has given my kids hong bao (red envelopes), so at least that’s something.  And just as soon as my mom — the Caucasian who’s more Asian than me — […]