Why the Challenges of Year-Round School Are Worth It for Our Family

Our kids' neighborhood K-8 public school happens to be on the year-round schedule, which means that though we only get five weeks off for summer break, we are treated with three-week breaks spaced evenly throughout the year in the fall, winter, and spring. Although the school year starts at the end of July (yes, that part is cruel), we finish with the other schools in our district the following June. We have absolutely loved the year-round schedule. ...more
@MMArtTechniques That's interesting.  I didn't know that.  I wonder if that is the only schedule ... more

Julie Chen’s Confession Isn’t Just About Plastic Surgery, But Racism

[Updated 9/13/13 5:02 p.m. PST: Dayton, Ohio TV station WDTN-TV issued a statement saying "We are sorry for what happened to CBS' Julie Chen in 1995 when she was a reporter at WDTN-TV,” and stating that they do not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. --Grace]...more
I used to audition in Hollywood for commercials and musical theater, and I was told a few times ... more

That Awful Time I Found Out I'm a Woman and Asian

By age six, the world's mysteries open up and offer this pearl.I'm a girl.Sometimes I wear a dress that floats above my knees and lifts when a gust blows in.  Or at times I play with dolls.  Or god forbid, mommy combs my hair vigorously, then tightens two clumps of hair on either side of my head to create pigtails.  And the ribbons, she never forgets those.  I'm told to never talk to strange people.  It's unclear how that word translates into the crosswalk patrol near my elementary school, or my first grade teacher who smells of stale cheese and wears coke bottle glasses. I chalk up "strange" to mean people with goitres, maybe some other unspeakable deformity that will terrify me....more
You're such a good writer!  I enjoyed your piece and could relate to a lot of it.  Today, ... more

Teaching My Asian Kids The Power of "No"

I come from a culture where the word no is a bit of a taboo.It's not that we don't have the wordno in Japanese. It is iie (pronounced ee-ee-yeh). The trouble is, we don't often come right out and say it. Our culture is really big on saving face, both our own and that of the other party, so to just say no without much padding around it is not very cool.So, we Japanese have perfected the art of beating around the bush....more
@Grace Hwang Lynch Thanks, Grace! more

How a Misdiagnosed Case of Shingles Made This Mom Slow Down

"Uh-oh, I've got a pimple!" I sighed while getting ready to v...more
@jpage.manuel Yeah, you don't want to get chicken pox as an adult, I hear.  Maybe you can still ... more

An All-New BlogHer.com!

After beta-testing a new Food section for the past month with the help of this community, we are launching an all-new BlogHer! Now we can showcase an even larger number of posts each day, by sharing all new posts created by the 3,000 BlogHer Publishing network bloggers. And, as always, all of the BlogHer.com community is invited—and encouraged!—to share your words and your work on BlogHer.com. Join us! ...more
@Denise That's good to know.  Thank you! more

An All-New BlogHer.com!

After beta-testing a new Food section for the past month with the help of this community, we are launching an all-new BlogHer! Now we can showcase an even larger number of posts each day, by sharing all new posts created by the 3,000 BlogHer Publishing network bloggers. And, as always, all of the BlogHer.com community is invited—and encouraged!—to share your words and your work on BlogHer.com. Join us! ...more
@Denise Thanks, Denise!  How come some of my posts don't have any moticons?  I always put my ... more

An All-New BlogHer.com!

After beta-testing a new Food section for the past month with the help of this community, we are launching an all-new BlogHer! Now we can showcase an even larger number of posts each day, by sharing all new posts created by the 3,000 BlogHer Publishing network bloggers. And, as always, all of the BlogHer.com community is invited—and encouraged!—to share your words and your work on BlogHer.com. Join us! ...more
Can you please tell me the meaning of different colors of the small BlogHer logo on each of my ... more

An All-New BlogHer.com!

After beta-testing a new Food section for the past month with the help of this community, we are launching an all-new BlogHer! Now we can showcase an even larger number of posts each day, by sharing all new posts created by the 3,000 BlogHer Publishing network bloggers. And, as always, all of the BlogHer.com community is invited—and encouraged!—to share your words and your work on BlogHer.com. Join us! ...more
Never mind -- I see that others have already asked for the reader count.  Otherwise, all good! :-) more

An All-New BlogHer.com!

After beta-testing a new Food section for the past month with the help of this community, we are launching an all-new BlogHer! Now we can showcase an even larger number of posts each day, by sharing all new posts created by the 3,000 BlogHer Publishing network bloggers. And, as always, all of the BlogHer.com community is invited—and encouraged!—to share your words and your work on BlogHer.com. Join us! ...more
It is beautiful!  I think it's fresh and easy to read.  Thank you for all your work and thought ... more