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Thirty two years ago today…

my dad passed away. He was 56. Dad had a dream… a dream to one day return to his country in some political capacity. As a young man, Dad was the personal secretary to the first president elect of South … Continue reading

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Yummy Foods

It’s been a crazy summer what with our 81 year old mom falling on Memorial Day and breaking her hip. Amazingly, she was walking without a walker or cane 3 & 1/2 weeks after surgery! However, the pain killers have … Continue reading

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My Dad: A Beautiful Short Story

He didn’t live a long life and but he led a meaningful one, and my father’s effect on me has quietly imploded in the thirty-two years after his death.  His memory has fueled, if not haunted my fiction.  Not every … Continue reading

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My Mom

She was born in Sinuiju, a city at the northern tip of Korea.  Life was idyllic as the youngest of six children and the only daughter of the wealthy Hong clan.  Her brothers spoiled her rotten, showering her with love … Continue reading

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On the Eve of Pub Date: Hope

Less than a week before our memoir’s release, I’m writing my first blog feeling very much the way I did on the eve of Chocolate Chocolate’s opening day way back in 1984: with high hopes.  Maybe I’m not the dreamy-eyed … Continue reading

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Kudos

Kudos Update on my son’s technology project and my YA novel:  It was a whirlwind weekend as Justin and his two friends, George and Kathy, competed in the TSA Virginia State competition.  Competition commenced on Friday morning with the top … Continue reading

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Midnight Marathon

It was a marathon night as my thirteen year old son, Justin, and another classmate were at a friend’s house until midnight scrambling in the eleventh hour to complete a project for TSA (Technology Student Association) State competition today.  The … Continue reading

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Poetry Past

Books & Chocolate Thoughts for Thursday, April 28, 2011:  When I was twelve, Francie came home from college for winter break and worked on a project for a creative writing class.  The project was a collection of poems to be written about the twelve months of the … Continue reading

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