Category Archives: random things that make me happy

Okay, so things were kind of bad….

These last 6 months have been rough, but I am so grateful to be alive, and for my parents, siblings, family, and friends. I had planned to publish this very long essay as my first post in several months, but … Continue reading

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Pulling Espresso Shots and Other Updates On Life

You may ask yourself, how do I work this? You may ask yourself, where is that large automobile? You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful house You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful wife Talking Heads, … Continue reading

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Lunch Time in Times Square

I intern at a company whose office are in Times Square. At first, I didn’t really like it. Want to take a break outside? Get ready to go down 11 floors, and deal with wall-to-wall moving advertisements and floods of … Continue reading

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My Boston Marriage

“Boston marriage as a term is said to have been in use in New England in the decades spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries to describe two women living together, independent of financial support from a man.” -Wikipedia entry … Continue reading

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‘That’s The Feeling State of Then’: Listening to Faye Wong’s cover of “Rilkean Heart”

Yesterday, I wrote a post about my sister’s obsession with Chinese songstress Faye Wong. As I wrote in the post there, one of the things that keeps my sister going is looking up rare videos of Faye on YouTube.  Yesterday, … Continue reading

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This song makes me happy!

From Nortec Collective, “Tijuana Makes Me Happy” makes me very happy.  I’ve been listening to this song incessantly for about 20 minutes now.  Nortec  refers to the combination of electronica with norteno style of music from Mexico.  Think accordians and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Lorca!

I first came across Federico Garcia Lorca in Elizabeth Kolbert’s article “Looking for Lorca” in The New Yorker.  I was really intrigued by the story of this famous poet’s remains still unidentified and missing.  Flash forward a couple of years, and … Continue reading

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Basketball talk on the street

“Man, Shaq has 4 rings, 3 with the Lakers, 1 with the Heat.”  “Right, right.  He went from the Lakers, to the Heat, to some other team, to the Celtics.” I chimed in with that last team.  The Celtics.  The … Continue reading

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The Bhagavad Gita on the Street

Tonight, in my walk up a major thoroughway in the neighborhood, I came across a copy of the Bhagavad Gita sitting atop a newspaper dispenser. I was surprised, and delighted to see. My own copy of this epic text never … Continue reading

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Healthy Appetites

Reading Caroline Knapp’s Appetites: Why Women Want reminded me of a conversation I had with a fellow teacher in Teach for America.  Entering her classroom during our lunch break, I asked, “Have you eaten yet?” which is a standard Chinese … Continue reading

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