Sahatsakhan Thailand

A photo of my Stepfather sometimes makes its way to my mother’s desk. It’s my Stepfather, and I know it’s him. It would be easy to mistake the subject of the photo for my stepbrother, his son, as it’s a version of him so young that none of us knew him yet. He stands next to a man, a uniformed official sporting a memorably waxed and twirled mustache. Another photo from this time features my stepfather with a monkey. He looks like a child, but he’s in the Air Force, and he’s in a …

Bangkok: Arrivals at BKK

After a problematic long haul flight from LAX to Singapore followed by a brief but delightful connection to Bangkok, I arrived in Thailand tired, confused, slightly disheveled, and wildly curious. I was met at the arrival gate by a young man holding a sign with my full name, middle included. He walked me directly to a restroom, which I declined. He was visibly disappointed by my decision. We walk in silence to passport control. Handing my documents to an angry government employee felt familiar,  less familiar was watching her cough all …

I Only Have Three Days to Tell You About The Good Witch

Joanna Prisco is The Good Witch. She’s also Kai’s wife, but mostly she’s Duke’s mom. And she’s a very good sport. She ate glittery rainbow bagels with me and my family because that was the thing that the kids needed to do, and she brought Duke so that we could all ooh and ahh over him. We haven’t stopped ooh-ing or ahh-ing. Duke is why Instagram must always exist. A post shared by The Good Witch (@thegoodwitcheats) on Jan 5, 2018 at 5:41pm PST But more timely, Joanna’s next baby (of …

This is Privilege

Recently I mentioned on Facebook that I’d be visiting Pueblo, Colorado. It was met with a chorus of why’s, most with a disparaging tone. I get it. When people think of visiting Colorado they think Aspen or Vail, possibly Durango or Breckenridge, but people in Los Angeles don’t think, “I’ll go to Pueblo, Colorado today.” Which is all well and good but they’d be missing something because part of me really loves that little city and always will. I went to school in Pueblo. After a false start at a …

I Went to Paris and the Frenchest Man on the Planet Made Me See the World Differently

Last week I went to Paris with Huawei to sit in on a two day conference about the Beauty of Technology. There were two days of speakers, about a half hour each, and some of it was very high level tech speak but we’ve entered a moment in history where high level tech speak affects every part of our daily lives. 5G is coming and it matters more than you can imagine. We hear folks talk about the The Internet of Things and I’ve been rolling my eyes at that …