Posts Written OnFebruary 2015

Often when my mind is trying to work through the knots of a problem, the sensory experience of working with my hands creates a kind of concentration that allows a part of my mind to let go. I have discovered that I not only enjoy — but crave — physical, tactile things, especially when I have some kind of emotional stress. It’s fun when one of these creative outlets also happens to be something for someone else. Recently, a wonderful friend reached a huge milestone in her life, something that she had been dreaming of and working towards for years.…

original art by Kirk Quilaquil, posted with permission

A while back I was having a conversation with a writer friend, Christina Fernandez-Morrow. Although she has always been a voracious reader, she was explaining to me that growing up, she wasn’t very interested in the fantasy genre. Christina explained that given the challenging circumstances of her young life in an urban inner city, the “upper-middle class lifestyle” depicted [in realistic fiction books like The Babysitter’s Club] was fantasy enough for me.” I consider myself bicultural. I am of two worlds, two cultures. I have my Korean culture, the culture of my parents, which largely influenced my upbringing, values, and sense of self.…