6 Simple Rules For Enjoying A Tokyo Sojourn

My family and I spent the summer in Tokyo, and the experience was a real jim-dandy.  On top of being a kick-ass new cultural experience for the kids, the whole trip was one colossal brain teaser for me [something my semi-atrophied, middle-aged melon could use, albeit in smaller doses.]In hindsight, I could've benefitted from a bit more advanced planning and research.  So here I am, to share some tips about getting the most out of an extended Tokyo stay.DO:...more

Intersectionality Means They Can Discriminate Against You for More Than One Reason

Intersectionality illustrates how one person can experience several modes of discrimination at one time. For example: You could be a woman and a person of color from a lower socioeconomic status and with a history of mental health issues. You might be a male, Hispanic, just learning English, and in your late 50s. Each of these factors adds up to complex, multiple social reactions to who you are and how you can be discriminated against across more than one front....more
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Why Millennial Women Open their own Doors

 My father always insists on opening the door for me. It’s part of his philosophy on life, and it couldn’t be more quintessential of his generation. For him, opening doors is more than just an action. It is a stance on chivalry, diligence, and adherence to tradition - traits that are valued by the baby boomers. ...more

Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center Most Favored Tourist Attraction

I live within walking distance of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii. Each day I hear the drums beating from the Polynesian villages, and in the evening I can hear the roar of the crowd in response to the night show in the big amphitheater....more

I’m Muslim, But There's No Way My Husband Will Have a Second Wife

A lot of westerners have an image of a Muslim man as some rolley polley guy in a white maxi with a red scarf on his head married to several burqa-clad women who slave over him all day long. ...more
This was hilarious. And It showed an interesting positive other side. I have friends that are in ...more

The World Through a Traveler's Eyes

My friend is currently hopping her way around Paris and Prague on what is her first international trip. Getting sporadic updates here and there on Instagram, today I received an email from her saying, “Count me in for wherever you want to go.  This is so good.”  Confused, I wrote back, “I’m confused. What’s so good?” Her response? “Traveling! It’s the best!”So is another bitten by the travel bug. Infected with the love of travel that neither time nor age can cure. ...more

LIES the 1970s Told US

It seems to me, that in Life, a person should be able to count on a few things to be true: your mother and the deliciousness of a chocolate croissant. Other then that, all bets are off. The problem is that we all get caught-up in the mind-numbing illogic of rumors, advertising, old wives tales, people we want to impress, love, hatred, apathy… google search results. You get my drift. ...more

Brown people problems versus white people problems

Last summer when I took the animals offspring to the park one beautiful lazy Saturday, I overheard a ‘white guy’ conversation about ‘white people’ problems. He was complaining about what a pain in the ass his ex-wife was. I felt sorry for him, of course I don’t know what her side of the story was. Maybe he was just a pathological liar. Some months later in a different park, I overheard a conversation between a young  wife and her husband....more

Turn your face to the Sun

   turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind youTe tiro atu to kanohi ki tairawhiti ana tera whiti te ra kite ataata ka hinga ki muri kia koe   - Maori proverb...more

Arranged Marriage : Dear (Not So) Suitable Boy

Dear (Not So) Suitable Boy,I have been meaning to write to you for some time now (about 20 years) but somewhere along the way, after I realized you most certainly were not my knight in shining armor, I married someone else and had five kids. So yeah I was a bit preoccupied. No, I didn't end up marrying the knight in shining armor. He still hasn't shown up. Curse you, Disney. Curse you....more