Art, essay

Freedom vs. Independence

When I was deciding on the title for my post "Ramen: A Story of Independence," I was debating whether to use the word "freedom" or the word "independence." Ultimately, I chose "independence" because it has deeper connotations than "freedom." We all want to be free. But freedom is amorphous. Some of us aren't ready for… Continue reading Freedom vs. Independence

Ramen
essay, Food

Ramen: A Story of Independence

Americans celebrated their Independence Day earlier this month, and that annual event came with a new realization for me this year about my first significant steps toward independence. I was a latchkey kid. I had a key that I fastened to my clothes with a safety pin so I wouldn't lose it during the day.… Continue reading Ramen: A Story of Independence

papaya sapling Fiji
essay, garden

Life Lessons with: Papaya

I collected and dried out more papaya seeds for our gardener to plant several months ago, and the saplings are coming up. It's a wonder to see: a visual reminder of natural growth. This morning, I noticed one sapling in particular. Our gardener had moved it to a new location on my request. He told… Continue reading Life Lessons with: Papaya