I always laughed at sitcoms or movies where a parent or child decide to call a family meeting. I thought “Who does this kind of thing?” On television, family meetings are called when a child may be acting out or has become withdrawn. Then there are the family meetings about mee-maw’s health or her estate. … More Family Meeting
When I was a young teenager, I was stuck at home one summer during a period of time when my family didn’t have cable. At the time, I recall complaining of boredom more than once. However, my mother assured me there were plenty of books available to read and stories I could write using my … More I have a dream (Hard work ahead)
It was the fall of 1995 and I was starting the school year at a new school. As I approached the guidance counselor seated at the long table, I was greeted with the enthusiasm of someone who seemed to have received customer service training at the DMV. Trying my best to ignore the lackluster reception … More My Japanese Language Origins
It’s been a long, snow-filled day. There’s so much snow that I can’t open the front door. Much of my car is buried in it. The unspectacular backyard is covered with it, somehow making it much more appealing. I woke up to find snow had managed to escape its natural habitat, landing on the interior … More Stillness
Picture this. 1999. I was an old soul who’d finally made it to college, which felt like I’d hit the jackpot. Finally, I was able to study all the things (okay maybe a few) that had interested me over the years. Although my first major purchase in life was the globe I bought when I … More Dream Deferred: Hong Kong
I heard about Mr. Martin before I met him. A few upperclassmen in high school were complaining about his homework assignments. They complained so much that I found myself dreading his English class my 10th grade year. When I walked into his classroom, the first thing I noticed was order. Nothing was out of place … More One of the best, N.R. Martin, Jr.
These days it seems every one is fascinated with their family history and genealogy thanks to the popularity of shows like Finding Your Roots and Genealogy Roadshow on PBS and Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC. For me, these shows have fueled my love for history, providing me with helpful research methods to … More Genealogy Digging