Category: Life

In honor of the best person I know

I wrote this piece on June 29. Nine days later, mom had a stroke. She is doing great — amazing, actually. I mention it here as a historical footnote of sorts. The timing of the original writing was…uncanny. …

Visual processing

People process difficult situations in different ways. I am mostly a visual processor. When I don’t have words, I photograph. What I can’t verbalize, I write. I could tell you about spending hours in a bustling Emergency Room, …

Vanquish your fear, take the risk

Last night I wrote this on my personal Facebook page: For years I circled my Cook Islands inheritance with trepidation. I was afraid I’d be told I didn’t belong. I let the fear that I’d never measure up …

On the tension between virtual and real work

I posted this photo and caption to Instagram this morning: Most of my daily work takes place in a digital space–website things, video, graphic design, etc. These might just be fliers and tickets to you, but to me …

On turning 30

I’ve been 30 for a whole week. Thirty. Years. Old.  Thir-ty. There’s something about the number 30 in relation to years lived that makes a lot of people squirm (mostly people under the age of 30). It is a milestone …

Balancing two communities

It’s a strange thing, belonging to two communities. Growing up in California with my mom’s family meant the pacific half of my blood had a minimal impact on my upbringing. Partly because my dad grew up a member of the generation …

Gray sky day

Everyone knows that life in Southern California is an endless parade of sunny skies and mild winters that are the envy of every snow-bound resident in the country. Lately I’ve been wishing for a cold gray sky. Just …

Garden Grove Open Streets

Last Sunday the City of Garden Grove hosted their first Re:Imagine Garden Grove Open Streets event. Three miles of main streets in the downtown area of Garden Grove were closed to cars, leaving them open for the community …

Bandette: a review

Written by Paul Tobin, with art by Colleen Coover, Bandette Volume 1: Presto! was exactly the kind of light hearted romp I needed to shake off the excessive busyness of the summer. The first couple of issues are …

Heiva San Diego 2014

I had such a lovely time learning to sew tifaifai at Heiva San Diego last weekend. Auntie Yvette is such a gem, it was an honor to learn from her. She is not just an accomplished seamstress with …