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Dad’s favorite songs

The third Sunday in June is declared for Father’s Day, first celebrated in 1910 in the USA but not proclaimed as such until years later. Coincidentally, June 21st is also Summer Solstice, the longest day in the year, and thus a very important milestone for those who … Continue reading

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A song for dad: diamonds and rust

My dad never hesitated to share titles of the songs he loved. In his last years, he took a liking to Youtube. One of his favorite singers was Joan Baez.

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Biggest Fan

When she suddenly realizes that she has lost her biggest fan, she feels lost.

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Dad said Confucius says

When I read past e-mails from my father, I often envision a Confucian scholar. He wrote like one. His words were not spontaneous but deliberate. The writing itself is from another era.

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Tuesdays with Morrie

By chance I came across a small book in the spiritual self-help section of the Maui Friends of the Library (MFOL) bookstore. The title reminded me of an email from my dad, one of many I had not replied or … Continue reading

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Dad’s iPad

On my brother’s last visit, he bought a new iPad for my father.  It sat unused until I showed up six months later in Taichung. Some ten years earlier, I had done the opposite. I first diagnosed that my father … Continue reading

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The day the earth stood still

There are moments in your life that you will never forget. Ask anyone what they were doing on September 11, 2001. Wherever they were, they remember. It is as if time froze the minute they learned about what has now … Continue reading

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Family reunion of four

I came across an old e-mail from my dad in October 2003, referring to a series of blogs I posted about our family reunion the previous month. “Your updated Sept journals,” he wrote, “describe our reunion after 17 yrs quite vividly. Though … Continue reading

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Ninth day of the ninth month 九月九日

On my last trip to Taiwan, three weeks in sweltering July and August, I faced a noticeable disadvantage of not being able to type in Chinese. I couldn’t google my father’s name to see the books he had written nor … Continue reading

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Free writing with a prompt

One of my many goals is to become a better writer. To do so requires reading good writing, reading about how to write, being in contact with good writers, practising the craft of writing to get better at it, and … Continue reading

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