Spring is Here

When I was little, my dad would tell me about what it was like to be a child during China's Great Famine. He told me that he would eat ants off the ground for a brief sensation of what food tasted like, and laugh because in America I didn't have to do that. He always served me first when he cooked, and I wondered if I could ever do that, if being grown-up meant feeding other people first.

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Our Stories Share the Same Roots: A Community Mural Project
With fellow artist Gabriela Riveros and some of our students from Escuela Verde who worked on the mural.

Our Stories Share the Same Roots: A Community Mural Project

It's been a really good summer, in many ways. Full of laughter and play. Weekend trips. Camping. Outdoor excursions and inside jokes. Crackling fires. Summer pies. At the same time,…

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What God Looks Like

My mother once told me the story of a cartoon she saw in a newspaper some years ago, which explained God. In the cartoon, God is a faceless, featureless oval on a table. People come…

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The myth of the starving artist–and what it can teach us about job security
"The Light Within Us We Do Not Use," 20 x 30 in drawing, by Jenie Gao

The myth of the starving artist–and what it can teach us about job security

"What do you do?" This is the number one small talk question we ask people, on par with discussing the weather. It's a question we either don't care about at…

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False starts

Yesterday evening, towards the end of my run, a homeless woman stopped me to help jumpstart her car. My jumper cables were bad, so I went and got new ones.…

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