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The Oso Mudslide – a Volunteer’s Perspective

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The Oso Mudslide – a Volunteer’s Perspective

“Would you like to donate to the Oso Relief Fund?” the cashier asked as I boxed up my Costco run. When I politely declined, the woman behind me piped up, “You really should consider helping out, the people there need your help.” Yes. Yes, they did need our help, which was why I’d just spent…

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Helping in wildfire fighting operations

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Helping in wildfire fighting operations

So, Summer is about to roll around again in the Seattle area, which is usually something most people here celebrate. However, as a volunteer with Community Emergency Response Teams, I think of wildfires. Already, as I write this, a massive complex fire has devastated at least one city in Alberta, Canada. Other blazes are raging…

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How to cruise for under $50 a day

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How to cruise for under $50 a day

So, full disclosure. I do not like cruises. I used to hate them, now I tolerate them. The idea of being stuck on a ship with thousands of people, on a vessel that pitches and rocks, did not sound like my idea of a vacation. And getting into a port of call with several thousands…

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Why you should learn (many) languages

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Why you should learn (many) languages

Growing up, I was always fascinated with languages. Even as a child, the idea of communicating with people from a different culture seemed terribly exciting to me.

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My son quit college, and that’s ok

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My son quit college, and that’s ok

A couple of months ago, my oldest, Zach, told us he was going to quit school. If getting an A- was an Asian F, well, what does that make a college dropout?

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A shitty guide to an unshitty life

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A shitty guide to an unshitty life

Preview Changes (opens in a new window) You can’t always be ready for every shitty thing that life throws your way. But if you work at it, you can live a pretty unshitty life. Here’s how I did (and am still trying to do) it.

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Travel Often, Travel Far, Travel Early.

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Travel Often, Travel Far, Travel Early.

When I was eleven, I had the privilege of joining my cousins Dar and Teck on an international trip with their parents.  We would go from Singapore to the US, onto Italy, then back home by way of Bombay.  Traveling at such a young age planted a deep seed of wanderlust that would lead me to…

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Taking the road less traveled

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Taking the road less traveled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken Growing up, I was never the biggest, the strongest, or the best looking. I wasn’t the best at school, nor was I exceptionally gifted at sports.  My…

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