The Blessing in the Wound
    May 31, 2013
    The Blessing in the Wound

    When I was about six years old, I fell off the swing in the park and skinned my knee.  Whether I was shocked or mesmerized, time stopped for me.  I recall to this day the beauty of the red blood and…

    The Cultivation of Mental Space
    May 30, 2013
    The Cultivation of Mental Space

    Students of the Waldorf Steiner schools don’t start reading until the age of seven.  Rather anomalous in an ethos where fast learners are paraded as potential little Einsteins and their slower bret…

    The Language of Authority
    May 29, 2013
    The Language of Authority

    Korean was my first language, my mother tongue.  Then we immigrated to the States, and the world suddenly changed:  the food, the sounds, the smells--and the words I heard all around me. I was four-…

    Good Shame, Bad Shame
    May 28, 2013
    Good Shame, Bad Shame

    Nearly ten years after she was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City and raped repeatedly during a nine-month captivity, Elizabeth Smart has recently spoken about her trauma. Perhaps, like most of …

    Siberian tiger with baby
    May 27, 2013
    Reminiscences of a Tiger Cub

    I was raised by a Tiger Mom.  Before The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom came out, offering the apt epithet, I referred to my mother as a Nazi when I confided to my friends stories of my strict Confucia…