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.


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.

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.

I Am Smart

On this particular day, my son couldn’t think of anything to tell me about school. And I grew angry. The kind of silent anger that I didn’t voice, but he could sense. I saw him nervously flipping through his binder of schoolwork containing words that he didn’t understand. He was looking for something — anything — that he recognized so that he could make me happy.

Ray Rayner, a gingerbread house & a Hallmark Christmas giveaway!

I made a gingerbread house with my son, and it looked nothing like it was supposed to. But, it was still fun.

Happy anniversary

Earlier this year, my husband said we should go somewhere nice this November. I asked why? He just stared at me. Oh, yeah. It’s our 10-year wedding anniversary. 🙂

Darth Vader, the Hot Dog and the Lion

The Hot Dog, the Lion and Darth Vader followed around the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man — to houses they had already been to — just because they thought the costume was so awesome. They were laughing hysterically and had a great time trick or treating.

Meet the Vaders

Meet the Vaders. Halloween 2013. Oh yeah… 😉

Go Go Power Rangers!

Why are the Power Rangers still popular? I don’t get it. But the little kids understand…

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