Journalism is Dead

Journalism is dead. Most people are quick to blame the internet and social networking sites for the hopefully unintentional murder of journalism and perpetuation of false news stories, but people, both today’s “journalists” and readers have to take responsibility for their part in the death of journalism. I like to break up tension with humor,…

The Fourth Lesson

  “No, let’s sit inside. The game is on in there.” he replied. “Ok fine.” I rolled my eyes. I almost forgot it was football Sunday, one of three days of the week where fans (mostly men from what I know), stay almost permanently tethered to a TV or phone for a glimpse of ‘the…

A Haunting

I’m on some beach in San Diego no more than 30 feet from the edge of the tide. This place is like an old friend I’ve forgotten and nearly abandoned in memory. I used to visit the beach what felt like every other week when I was in college, and I can almost see the…

Solace and Unadulterated Thought

I sit on the deck of an 80 year old ship. On the drive here I realized a cruel truth amidst the most hectic three days filled with work, ear infections in both ears and just a fuck ton of life. I’m ridiculously efficient as I beast mode my way through work challenges that stump…

Volunteer Experiences: WonderCon 2016 and Nerd HQ 2015

I like to volunteer for different groups and events, and lately I’ve found a lot of value in different volunteer opportunities. I take time to volunteer for the Special Olympics because the program’s benefits to members with intellectual disabilities in my (and the global) community are incredible and unmatched by any other organization. Outside of…

Ida Bitanga Laoyan

“Life is what you make. It’s only going to be what you make it, and it’s up to you.” Ida Bitanga Laoyan, 88, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2016 with family by her side in Sacramento, CA. Born on July 11, 1927 in Lihue, Kauai, Ida was the sixth of seven children of Rufino and…

Dear Writing, This is the Calm

The calm. I write standing steps away from a precipice. The depths hold an entropy of grief, sorrow and memories to weigh you deep into the past and all its markers – happiness, fear, sadness, regret. Entry to this dark place is inevitable and even has a timer of three days or less. Yesterday I…

Pinterest, The Tiffany’s of Ideas

“Pinterest is like Tiffany’s. Everything is better there.” – An Angry Me (2015) Picture it: my kitchen, like 3 hours ago. I was filled with the now apparently delusional thought that I was going to make these cute cake pops l saw on Pinterest. I’m practicing for our Halloween Bake Sale next week, and for…

Silver Bell…I mean Christmas Tree

I like to make things, and it was just my luck that my work had a Hancrafted Fair, which was comprised of (you probably guessed it) handmade things. Being a liker of things, I was excited to try to make something new. I’m a big fan of the holidays and in particular, Christmas, and I…

“We have self-centered minds, which get us into plenty of trouble. If we do not come to understand the error in the way we think, our self-awareness, which is our greatest blessing, is also our downfall.” Joko Beck, Zen Teacher

“He is seldom disillusioned because he has no illusions, and seldom disappointed because he never had any extravagant hopes.” Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living