The color yellow comes up quite a bit in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, a novel about a Laguna Pueblo World War II veteran, Tayo, who suffers PTSD not only from fighting against the Japanese in the Pacific but also from his squalid upbringing as an indigenous person growing up in early-1900s America. The color's meaning … Continue reading The Color Yellow in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
I was friends with a boy, beginning in kindergarten until his death in fourth grade. During our very first day of school, we kissed each other on the lips after another kid dared us to. He had the bushiest eyebrows of any kid I’d ever seen in my life, and a little cavity on one … Continue reading The Good Die Young
Though I think it could be both, for me personally, home has gotta be a place. When I think about home, I think about lush, green limestone islands, clean, white sandy beaches, and a lazy, laid-back atmosphere that's conducive for lounging the day away. Palau is home. It’s where I experienced many important “firsts” in … Continue reading Is Home a Place or a Feeling?
I rented an office space in downtown Tacoma, for the entire month of June, so I can finally have some incentive to get up bright and early, make the commute, and sit my butt down in a chair and finally get to work on my first novel. I figured, “Hey, if you don’t wanna watch … Continue reading New Writing Space for a New Writing Project
I’ve been thinking a lot about this question lately, and so many things have come to mind about what makes a good life. Of course, I wanna be financially secure, be able to know I have a home to come back to every night, have family and friends that I can turn to, and be … Continue reading What Makes a Good Life?
Mary Matsuda Gruenewald was only sixteen when the government forced her family to leave their home and be interned into a concentration camp. She was only one of tens of thousands of children legally living in America (many of them citizens) who had to endure this treatment because of the decision of a sitting U.S. … Continue reading The Racist Anti-Asian President Who Locked Kids in Concentration Camps