Teacher Appreciation

I don’t know about where you are from but in North Carolina, USA the first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week. Many teachers are underpaid in the US. The national average for K-12 teachers show at $64K so it does not seem so bad. The problem is they average starting teacher pay which isContinue reading “Teacher Appreciation”

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. When I was a kid I was never specifically told WHY we have an earth day. I know now that in spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force the issue of protecting the environment, restoring damage ecosystems and to encourage living aContinue reading “Earth Day”

Korean New Year

Hey, hey, the New Year is upon us! I know, you feel like you just recovered from the NYE party, but I’m talking about THE OTHER New Year. For me, it’s called Korean New Year because well duh, I’m Korean American. LOL It is also called Asian New Year to clump us all together. ItContinue reading “Korean New Year”

My Trips Are Cancelled

AGAIN. The pandemic is far from over. It was feeling like it was tolerable though. I was able to have my November birthday gathering with 7 people INDOORS. We were very socially distanced but it almost felt normal. I was able to see my sister for the holidays in her lovely home and the kidsContinue reading “My Trips Are Cancelled”

Do Animals Know Their Names?

Obviously human animals know their names. Sometimes, when mom would call out my name I would pretend that I could not “hear” her but I KNEW she was calling me. When I call for my cat, Ivan, he comes but is he coming because he knows IVAN is his name or is he just comingContinue reading “Do Animals Know Their Names?”

My “Uncle” Peter

Uncle Peter reminds me a lot of my Mother. They were both born in the mid 1940’s and they both had to really work hard to earn their money and status. The difference between them is that Peter is sane and happy. It has been a lot of fun getting to know him. Slowly ourContinue reading “My “Uncle” Peter”

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Another activity we have participated in the past and revisited this year is the Chinese Lantern Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC. It was sold out this year as many families tried to find outdoor activities that were less risky with COVID lurking around. It was too busy for my taste but weContinue reading “NC Chinese Lantern Festival”

Happy New Year?

Here we are. It’s the end of 2021. I hated 2019 as I watched my father wither away, 2020 was a dumpster fire in every way, 2021 had a hopeful beginning and still ended up being a disappointing year. What will 2022 be like? I’m not sure. But I know one thing – I’m goingContinue reading “Happy New Year?”

Ice Skating

Every year Raleigh hosts an outdoor skating rink to bring that holiday feeling to the city. Sure, it’s not a real pond like in South Korea, Canada, Vermont or any US state that can keep a frozen body of ice for weeks, but you see what they are going for. I was a speed skaterContinue reading “Ice Skating”

The Virgin Mary

When I went to Catholic preschool and kindergarten in South Korea I remember studying really hard. I wanted to please the pretty nuns who were so kind to me and I always wanted to learn as much as I could. But when it came to the Virgin Mary I was really confused. When I wasContinue reading “The Virgin Mary”