We Will All Be Changed

The “Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues” Wii Game. This is my son’s current obsession. My son always has an obsession. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Something about the way his brain is wired causes him to fixate on a certain subject or object continually. It is literally all he […]

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BOOK CLUB: The Joy Luck Club

“It’s hard to keep your Chinese face in America. At the beginning, before I even arrived, I had to hide my true self. I paid an American-raised Chinese girl in Peking to show me how.” I’m fascinated with the American immigrant experience. And, as well, how that experience bears on the formation of the immigrants’ […]

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BOOK CLUB: Harry Potter Series

Well, I knew attempting to read the entire Harry Potter series in one month was a bit ambitious. (And why did I pick the shortest month of the year?) I only made it through 4½ of the 7 books. I’ll need to start March’s book club selection, Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, soon. But I’m […]

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Taking the Teeth Out of the Tiger

No doubt many of you followed the recent controversy surrounding Amy Chua’s Wall Street Journal article, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” which was excerpted from her new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. For those who might have missed it, here’s a recap: Chua writes a book describing the parenting philosophy she adhered to […]

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How (Not) To Judge a Parent

I used to be full of great parenting advice. Then I had kids. Now my heart resonates with this quote from How Children Raise Parents by Dan Allender: “Parenting is an invitation to suffering because no one really knows what to do…Perhaps the greatest task of parenting is humbly staying involved even when we don’t have a […]

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