Absence Alternatives

One of my most popular posts was dated from 2012, "With all due respect, I am fucking scared of getting old". It has struck a nerve and attracted comments from folks who feel helpless against the relentless forward march of time and, I suspect, the world's time-honored obsession with and worship of youth. Almost five years [...]

Bucket list. Checked.

It's only January 4 and I've already checked an item off of my bucket list. Take that, 2017!   Hamilton did not disappoint despite all the hype. It's everything it's said to be and more. The book, lyrics and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a masterpiece and will withstand time to be one of the classics [...]

I admire those who are quietly assertive and wish to learn their Jedi mind tricks. Luckily I have the following quote from Madeleine Albright and all I have to do is to apply it. So I made up this term, active listening -- you listen differently if you think you're going to interrupt. The trouble is [...]

Happy New Year! We couldn't wait for 2016 to end even though 2017, let's be honest, is not going to fare better. To say that 2016 sucked is a gross understatement. My father passed away on April 10 while I was 7,447 miles away. I still haven't processed this. I am working up to it [...]

Winner: Fact checkers. They've been in high demand and kept busy. I hope they're being paid per fact checked. Winner: Twitter. Once again, Twitter proved its relevance. Without Twitter, I would have thrown something at the TV or died from implosion, you know, all that screaming inside my head and my chest. Loser: All of [...]

The fifty people that were murdered in Orlando were our people. They're not just "those people". They're you and me. I can see many thinking, "Why should I care? I am not gay. My children are not gay. I don't know any gay people." Gay rights are human rights. When you implicitly condone violence perpetrated [...]

Dear Mark Z, congratulations on the new baby. And kudos for knowing Chinese. I've just added you to the list of "See? These people can learn to speak Chinese. Why can't you?" to show my kids. Oh, don't worry. I am not asking you for money like Kanye West just did. To be fair though, he's [...]

Finding a book on Kindle is like finding a guy on Tinder. You have to make quick, uninformed decisions based on woefully inadequate amount of information. To extend this bad analogy further: reading the book "reviews" on Amazon to determine whether a book is a good fit is akin to asking a guy's flock of [...]

If you, like me, are obsessed with documenting your otherwise mundane life with your phone+Instagram, secretly wishing the filters would make your life seem less ordinary, then you probably have also been looking for a way to share your Instagram feed on your blog. I discovered and installed Instagram Feed plug-in by smashballoon today and could not [...]

  Dear Internet, please stop sharing, re-posting, re-tweeting, liking, +'ing, quotes about travel that do not check privileges inherently associated with the ability to pick up and go. I love travel. I enjoy travel. Heck, I focus in the travel product area at work. But I also understand that the ability to travel is a [...]

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