Giving thanks: a one-act play

Nathan: I’m thankful for Obama and all of the presidents, except for the bad ones....more

The adult things I do 

Every morning I have this same talk with myself, this inner dialogue, a Jillian Michaels who is more caring but firm like she stopped yelling at people and started drinking decaf, like every villain in Hallmark Christmas movies who realizes her shortcomings and helps with the tree lighting ceremony she had been rallying against, this is the female voice who leads me through the adult things I have to do:...more

Strange human encounters

I walked into an open door at the grocery store. A woman walked out just as I stepped through and she snipped at me, “This! Is! ...more

Not quite magic

When I was a kid, my brother told me that if I ever wanted to wake up at a certain time, I would just have to look at the clock and visualize the time I wanted to wake up. If you want to wake up at 5 am, think about 5 am. I don’t know why I would ever think of that as a child, but somehow it worked ....more

Ghouls and gals and other updates 

hello friends, how are you? I am well. Actually, if you asked me, “Hi Mona, how’s it going?” I would say, “I am good.” I am not the upper crust type who says, “I am *well,” like anyone in my office kitchen who reminds me that we did not grow up in the same kind of house, they probably went to fancy things like gymnastic classes and I could only afford to use the pew kneelers at our catholic church as a balance beam ....more

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