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For Some Children, A “Bedroom” Is Quite Different

Have you ever thought of your bedroom as a haven? Would you consider your bedroom as a place of peace, besides a room to sleep in? Until I saw James Mollison’s photo essay depicting the “bedrooms” of children from different countries, I never thought much of it. For someone who had to share a bedroom with my sister, my bedroom was never a place that I could go to for peace and quiet. Our... read more

When Resolutions Become Revelations

So it’s 2013 and as I try to figure out what my New Year’s Resolutions should be, I started wondering if it should be more about what I’ve learned as opposed to what I’d like to change. For me, 2012 was a challenging year, filled with uncertainty and at times, scary interludes. As a writer, I came across and wrote about stories that affected me emotionally: from the six year-old boy... read more

Beautification Becomes Cause For Divorce

Is there such a thing as “happily ever after” once you’re married? Apparently not for one couple from China. Like most couples, Jian Feng and his wife fell in love and got married, but things drastically changed when they had a baby. While having a child can be seen as a huge adjustment for any couple, for this couple, it became grounds for divorce. The reason for divorce? He said that... read more

Life After “Sandy”

If you’re like so many who have experienced superstorm “Sandy”, you may or may not have electricity back. If someone had told me four weeks ago that “Sandy” would cause such massive devastation to so many people, I would not haven taken them seriously until it happened. It would be Monday evening as the winds were gaining strength that we lost power and until we decided to... read more

Donating Clothes Becomes a Rite of Passage

Every season, I try to weed out my closet of clothes I haven’t worn for years or have forgotten its existence. It’s always surprising when I unearth a shirt or sweater that’s been buried in the closet or drawer and then have to decide if it’s worth saving or or not. Most times, I try to save what I’ve rediscovered, but there have been times when I’ve donated clothing... read more

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