What’s in a Name?

The Son of Man by Rene Magritte
The Son of Man (Le Fils de L’Homme),  Rene Magritte, 1964  Oil on Canvas

Growing up, I didn’t like my name. I’m still not crazy about it. Continue reading “What’s in a Name?”

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Mid-Autumn

Scholars of Liuli Hall Chinese Painting Song Dynasty
Scholars of Liuli Hall, by Unidentified Artist, late 13th Century.

This morning, my mother texted me and my brother.

“Today is Mid-Autumn Festival,” she wrote in simplified Chinese. “Don’t forget to text dad, and grandpa Happy Mid Autumn Festival. This is all basic etiquette I should teach you.” Continue reading “Mid-Autumn”

Good Books to Read While Pregnant (or Not Pregnant)

Good books for Pregnancy fiction and nonfiction

Before getting pregnant, I first had to remove the copper goalie in my cervix, which by the way, I highly recommend to those looking for hormone-free birth control. I did this in Washington D.C., a few months after our wedding, at one of OneMedical’s light-and-plant-filled modern offices. I met with a friendly, young female doctor who had no children herself, but who had done some reading on the topic. Continue reading “Good Books to Read While Pregnant (or Not Pregnant)”

Bondi, Rain or Shine

Bondi Icebergs Swimming Club
Probably the most instagrammed pools in the world, Bondi Icebergs.

I don’t think Tom and I underestimated how much work moving abroad and setting up a new life would be. However, we underestimated how much work doing so would be without the things we were used to, like knowing how to navigate local public transportation, having a car, or even just knowing where to go for what. Continue reading “Bondi, Rain or Shine”