The Spiritual Drama of Thaipusam and of Pregnancy

Four years ago my family and I had the opportunity to go to the Thaipusam procession in Singapore. The trip was a last-minute opportunity that we jumped on. So when we landed in Singapore the night of Thaipusam, my husband’s graduate school roommate, a long-time friend we hadn’t seen in numerous years, picked us upContinue reading “The Spiritual Drama of Thaipusam and of Pregnancy”

Movie Review: “Our Friend”

I recently watched this biographical drama based on the true-life story of Matt and Nicole Teague and their best friend Dane Faucheux. Nicole is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The treatments do not work. As Nicole’s cancer worsens, Matt struggles to care for her and their kids. Their long term friend, Dane, offers to move in.Continue reading “Movie Review: “Our Friend””

Lack of Affirmation: A Societal Epidemic

We hear all the time about people who need affirmation. If you live in an urban area, you may even be approached by people who describe a difficult home life where they did not receive affirmation. Where I live just outside of DC, these people often present themselves as transgender. Too often these issues getContinue reading “Lack of Affirmation: A Societal Epidemic”

Friendship Is Like A Tree

There is this idea that friendship involves “hitting it off” with someone. A friend is someone you get along with. A friend is someone who understands you and a person with whom you have rapport. This view of friendship only accounts for the easy good times. With this view, friendship is valuable if you generallyContinue reading “Friendship Is Like A Tree”