Throwback Thursday

I found this photo when I was looking for something to put up for Throwback Thursday. I love this picture. I see a little girl who loved getting dressed up and having her picture taken. That’s what I remember. That even during a time of turmoil, a less than pristine backdrop was the worst part of my childhood.

Elton and Me: It’s a Little Bit Funny

I was at a record release party for Elton John (back when they were actually records, rather than CDs even) and he was taking pictures with fans. I was off to the side observing. He must’ve mistook me for a fan, ’cause he grabbed my arm and put his arm around me, smiled that smile et voila! Just as I was about to say, “Hi,” he kind of just shoved me aside so he could take a photo with the next person in line.

Press Passes

I have a slew of press passes from concerts and red carpet events. The event that I was thrilled to cover was the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. John Kennedy Jr. was there and, as could be expected, he was very charismatic and charming. But the celebrity I was most excited to see was…Chris Rock! He and his date were alone behind a roped off area.

If you want something for nothing..

March 5, 2014

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If you want something for nothing..

Who doesn’t like a nice freebie every now and again? ;-) It’s easy to win! Good luck!

What exactly is “kimchee-scented Kleenex fiction”?

Becoming a parent means that you’ve come to the realization that there is someone you love more than yourself, regardless of how they feel about you. One of the biggest flaws with this particular critic’s review is that she can’t possibly imagine a world in which this might be true.


Like a lot of Koreans of their age, my parents survived war and led very difficult lives. Books were an escape. My dad used to joke that had he learned Russian instead of English, we may have immigrated to the (then) Soviet Union instead of America.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is sold as a day of romance, where you buy each other romantic gifts. And, if you’re alone, well, too bad for you. But Valentine’s Day really should be a day about love, not just romance.

Wannabe Girl Writer vs. Mommy Blogger

In which a male author calls me a “wannabe girl writer,” and then asks me to write about his book.

Tae Kwon Do

The other day, my son and I were talking about bullies, and how it’s important not only to protect yourself, but to also look out for children who are getting picked on. I told him how I had been picked on when I was little.

PORORO Gift Pack Giveaway! :-) (CONTEST CLOSED)

Pororo is getting the movie star treatment, with a 103-minute DVD release in the United States, featuring the vocal talents of Drake Bell, Rob Schneider and Jon Heder. To celebrate, I’m hosting a gift pack giveaway that includes the movie, toys, a backpack and more!

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