I am an old movies fanatic, but I don’t “watch” these films: I experience them. It’s not enough to just stare at the images and listen to the sounds that emanate from the audio tracks. A worthwhile film should envelop me. I should lose myself for those few hours. That is what the best of films […]
Recently, I spent four days in Tokyo and had the opportunity to check out what was happening on the streets with young Tokyo women. Many were proud to show off their sartorial sense despite the sweltering humidity of a Japanese summer when energy consumption has been decreased due to the nuclear disaster of Fukushima.
Diana, Princess of Wales: Still Hunted
Diana is in the news again–but has she ever really left the media? This season it’s bigger: “Diana at 50!” the headlines scream.
Middle-Aged Sartorial Situation
I am officially middle-aged. I declared it so because my firstborn son graduated high school and is about to turn 19. With this next phase of life, it’s time to establish a style that’s in tune with my chronological age and middle-aged form.
It’s almost the midpoint of the calendar year. The afternoon sun beats through my windows forming lighted squares on my floor, like a flat quilt of lights. Screeching tree chopping machines sing melodies to the grinding harmonies of engine-powered lawn mowers.
During the winter, a Tumblr friend and fellow Persephoneer, Ipomoea, posted about researching her family’s roots. Others responded with info about themselves, their genealogies, and family stories, and this led me to reflect on my own family’s history.
Delicious Paul Newman
My Man Paul. That’s how I refer to the great humanitarian, model husband, and sometimes cook, Paul Newman. Oh yeah, he was a pretty good actor, too.
On Father’s Day–to a Father Who Has Passed
Dear Dad, It’s Father’s Day. And you’re not here, but I’m not unhappy that you’ve passed. No, it isn’t because you were an abusive or deadbeat father. None of that. In fact you were outstanding in your lovingness, loyalty, devotion, and care.
ADHD Parenting, Part II
Meow, it’s Hello Kitty again. Look an ADDle-brained kitteh! I’m back to update my parenting of two ADHD sons.
My neck craned as I watched a flock of blue graduation caps take to the skies like bluejays darting towards the heavens.
Tasty Teriyaki Marinade
Om nom, teriyaki sauce. It can be a terrific marinade for meat, poultry, seafood, or an excellent topping sauce for vegetables.
I love old Hollywood studio films. Sometimes it’s tough viewing and I have to shed my social justice cap in order to enjoy what is happening on-screen, but mostly it’s joyful.
10 Facts About Nikki Giovanni
I had the honor of hearing and meeting poet/author/professor Nikki Giovanni speak last winter at my second son’s school.
I call myself “ADDle-brained” because I have ADHD, Type Inattentive. My mind is in a constant whirl, an endless loop of, “Look there’s a kitteh!” moments.
It’s double celebration time for Hello Kitty, with May recognizing Asian Pacific Heritage and Mental Health. I am a second generation Chinese American married to a Japanese man, and I also wrestle with Bipolar II (specifically agitated anxiety) and ADHD, so it’s double the double whammy. Woo hoo. Here are my armchair diagnoses and recommendations for […]