The Day I Quit Boxing

"Suddenly I stopped and looked up at him and said, "Dad, I don't think I want to box any more."

Balancing a Japanese and Irish Heritage

I have learned to balance my parents' lessons in living.

Black and Yellow: Blasian Narratives

These “Blasians” are creating something new, testing how much unity there is in such diverse experiences of Blackness and Asian-ness.

Crossing Borders with Humor

I'm amazed to realize that he did those crazy things to connect with people

The Art of Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye is an art that we all can learn.

Finding Courage by Accepting Vulnerability

"The kick is no good!" As the announcer's shocked voice was heard across the nation Stanford's star kicker Jordan Williamson's life was drastically altered.

Learning Mindful Parenting From Dragon Moms

"Parenting, I’ve come to understand, is about loving my child today. Now."

Out of Pain (and Wheelchair) With Forgiveness

"I was shocked when I walked into the room and there was no wheelchair, walker, or cane."

My Music Is My Soul, My Language Is My Armor

"I felt like I was always out of place. So to make my own place, I used language."

"Where Are You From?"

The taxi driver is politely quiet but I notice he is eyeing me in the rear view mirror. Finally he asks the inevitable question: "Where are you from?"

The Power of Two

What does every human being strive for?

"Every Little Thing Gonna Be All Right"

“Don't you worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be all right."

You Are Not Alone

Have you ever felt like you're the only one who's different?

Living One Breath at a Time

Leaving the world with peace and satisfaction

An Empty Nest, Once Again

My children went back to college after being home for the summer. No big deal. I took the dogs for a walk.

A 111 year-old Japanese Woman's Desires

Grandma's 111th birthday message

A Message of Peace From Children of War

Learning about world peace from the children of war

Race in a Baby's Face

"Wait.....they had a white baby?"

Comrades in Cancer

Can going through cancer together bring love to fruition?

When Dad Wiped Away My Tears

He let me be vulnerable and frail. He accepted me with my weaknesses. He let me cry and comforted me. And that gave me the courage to go on.

Finding the Courage to Live More Fully

Amidst the joyous celebrations of commencements I remember Anabel, who left this world on September 22, 2013 leaving behind her twin Isabel and a legacy of joy, wisdom, and compassion.