April 3, 2020

"Never does the human soul appear so strong when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.” - Edwin Hubbell Chapina

 In Part One of last month’s article, we discussed the lesson I learned from my father and also Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando...

March 31, 2020

 Manila — Two pylons and an iron chain in front of Ronald McDonald caught my attention as I walked to the supermarket. The fast food chain was closed. McDonald's — or McDo, as Filipinos call it — stands across its competition, Jollibee, which was als...

March 30, 2020

Portland Maine--Last night  one of our neighbor families got into a real loud fight.  The husband was yelling, the children were crying, the wife was…and after about 15 minutes he began throwing things out onto the lawn.

We've not seen this behav...

March 16, 2020

Portland, Maine--Where America's day begins and begins.

Guam, a U.S. territory, west of the international dateline likes to say that this is where America's day begins. Maine, the farthest point east of the 50 states is where the sun first rises on th...

March 8, 2020

Food buying adventures while teaching in Taiwan

 I lived briefly in Taiwan to teach English to children of farmers. My tiny apartment in Huwei had no kitchen. Like 90 percent of people in my town, I had to go out and buy all my meals. Mostly I ate str...

March 4, 2020

 Portland, Maine — It is only human that when an injustice occurs to us, we want to get revenge. However, my father taught me the biblical principle of not responding in kind when someone treats us badly.

  

My father was a talented, well-respecte...

February 12, 2020

 Manila—I’ve had two dates on a Valentine’s Day. It may look like I’m one lucky girl for having experienced that, but no, I’m not fond of my memories of them. My dates were interesting guys though; one spoke many languages, the other was a multiracia...

February 12, 2020

Grant Achatz, chef owner of Alinea in Chicago, was correct. Considered a demigod in the culinary scene - uber meister of chemical gastronomy and avant garde presentations - Achatz once said in a Netflix documentary that “the small real estate of the...

February 12, 2020

The mainstream audience may not view horror as serious cinema, with supernatural situations that seem too farfetched to be relatable. Yet classics such as The Shining and Carrie prove that compelling stories can be told with blood and gore. Today, Ge...

January 26, 2020

Portland, Maine— Congrats to Kansas City Chief and San Francisco 49er fans. Your teams have had a phenomenal year and this will be an exciting Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 no matter the outcome.

Some of my friends here in the northeast, who are New Englan...

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