Author Archives: The soup lady

I am woman, hear me roar.

One year ago today, I gave my son a soaring lecture while wearing a white pantsuit. He didn’t want to come with me to cast my vote. He whined and hid under the covers. What he got in return was … Continue reading

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Becoming an American

In light of the recent Executive Order curtailing immigration and refugee resettlement, I am sharing my own story of becoming an American citizen. Coincidentally, it’s been almost exactly 20 years. In 1996 I was a junior at Brown, working towards a … Continue reading

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Parental struggles

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has chimed in from near and far with words of wisdom and encouragement. As always, I am amazed by the strength of my community and the support that you all provide.   It’s been a … Continue reading

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Chao ga: chicken rice congee

The Vietnamese are experts at comfort food. Bowl after steamy bowl of noodles and broths, large pots of simmering soups are at the heart of many family kitchens. Soups hold a special place in Vietnamese cuisine, cleansing and soothing the … Continue reading

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Conversations worth having

A few weeks ago an old college friend, the mother of two young children, reached out to me via Facebook.  She asked me for general parenting advice.  What she got in return was likely more than she bargained for! I … Continue reading

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Summer Travels: 2016 Edition

(Beaucaire, France) My family did not travel much during my childhood. Any traveling we did do was to visit friends and family, with the visitors crashing on couches and floors. I hated those family trips to San Jose, Vancouver, and … Continue reading

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An update: dispatch from the other side

It’s been seven weeks since I left the working life for the other side, and it’s time for a little update. I’m still getting used to it, but I’ve enjoyed the unhurried life a lot, relieved to not be dashing to … Continue reading

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