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A Rose is a Rose is an Ice Cream

Once again I helped set up and break down the fabulous Artisan Group display at an awards gift suite — this time honoring the Emmys! But this time, I’m not writing about that. No, I’m writing instead about what I did on the way home from setting up. You see, I thought I was […]

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, there lived a designer in a village nestled between the Great Ocean and the magical city of Tinsel. The designer loved to create magical garments to warm and delight people from near and far who were lucky enough to buy one of these rare items. One special day, the designer […]

Laundry Haiku

Ok it’s really senryu and not haiku, if we’re being picky. Yin/yang, dark/light — all Balance out, so why must I Separate my wash?

Kimchee for a Cause

Kimchee on Day 3

Back when I was in grad school many moons ago, some academically political thing happened to our department (as often does in academia.) I’ve long ago forgotten what it was all about but it caused a group of us East Asian Languages & Literature  grad students to get together […]

I’m the Martha Stewart Doer of the Week!

This week I had the honor of being selected the Doer of the Week at Martha Stewart’s “Dreamers into Doers” website.  I talked about how and where I work, and how I got here, and what inspires my design approach. Above is only a snippet — but you can read the whole thing here. […]

Today is Diwali

Today is Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. I made this little film last year at the home of my friends Smita and Gunjan Bagla. Check out some books and gifts for Diwali at CurryPlum.com Condensed from Wikipedia: Diwali (or Deepavali) is popularly known as the Hindu Festival of Lights. In 2010 will start […]

Neighbors, the Moon and Some Figs

It was later than I usually go for an evening walk. The sun was low enough that trees were more silhouette than foliage, and the air gentle after the day’s heat. I turned the corner. An elderly man was picking green figs from a laden tree. I complimented the tree and its bounty. He […]

An American’s Serviceman Photos of Hiroshima 1945

It’s been 65 years today since the devastating bombing of the city of Hiroshima. A month or two later (I have conflicting notes) my father was there, sent along with other American military personnel. He was in the the Coast Guard, then part of the Navy. A couple of months ago, my father sent […]

Feel the Teal: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that today is Feel Teal Friday and that President Obama declared September Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month? I bet you didn’t, and to be honest, until yesterday, I didn’t either. Ovarian cancer, unlike its pink cousin, breast cancer, is way down on most of our radars as familiar diseases to look out […]

A Conspiracy of Meerkats

Years ago a friend lent me the classic anthology of collective nouns, An Exaltation of Larks which traces “multitude” nouns like “a pride of lions,” a gaggle of geese.” and so on — some of them quite fanciful, like “rash of dermatologists.”  I’m willing to bet good money, however, that the book does not […]