Why my mom called me at work and other Chamorro mysteries

There were three separate calls my mom made to me at work yesterday. My mom doesn’t talk on the phone like a normal person, at least not with me. It’s always: LISTEN TO THIS URGENT THING! ...more

Typhoon Soudelor and Saipan

For two weeks, Nathan and I basked in island life on my tropical home of Saipan. We swam. We laughed ....more

Typhoon Soudelor Ravaged Saipan: This Is Why Social Media Matters

On August 2, 2015, the island of Saipan was ravaged by the most powerful storm on the earth: Typhoon Soudelor, It decimated the island with gusts up to 200 mph, now growing stronger as it moves toward China, taking with it category five winds. It hit Saipan hard. The winds kicked up debris and it spared few people. Typhoon Soudelor left 50,000 island residents without running water and electricity. ...more
I currently live in Saipan and teach at the college. I am also frustrated at the lack of media ...more

Saipan bound!

I’m going to Saipan! I’ve been...more

Scars and stripes 

Yesterday I took the boys to the neighborhood spray park. They ran through the spouts and sprays and while I watched my shirtless sons yell and spin in the water, I realized that I hadn’t covered up TJ’s surgery scar. I also forgot to bring a towel, so really,...more

Me through my kid’s eyes (Nathan, age 9)

I saw this on facebook and thought it would be cute to interview Nathan about me, the woman who gave him life: 1. What is something mommy always says to you? I love you! 2 ....more

Three things to do with your mombod this summer

Are you worried about summer arriving because you haven’t performed the exercise necessary for society to let you wear a bikini, monokini, tankini, military-grade tank, parade-size, culturally inappropriate sombrero that only shows your stomach so you can draw a lipstick mouth around your belly button?...more

my body is my body 

I weighed myself for the first time since December and I’m only 8 pounds away from what I consider my comfortable weight, the weight I was when I went to Saipan....more

And now we are nine

Nathan turned nine years old. ...more