Steamed Crabs and a Beginner’s Mind

“You are doing it wrong. Let me show you how to do it the right way.” One of the summer rituals in Maryland is eating steamed crabs. This is especially true where I live, near the Chesapeake Bay. I have been eating steamed blue crabs with Old Bay seasoning (a spice blend native to this…

A Prayer of Service

Is religion the organization, the belief, or the act? A lot of people these days seem to have disdain for religion. It is easy to see why. It is a contentious subject, perhaps the most contentious subject since the dawn of humanity. It is so contentious, in fact, that the history of humankind is essentially…

Of Ancestors and Angels: Happy Chinese New Year

If we approach new ideas, experiences, and people with a mind open to similarities instead of closed to differences, we may find that there are more similarities than differences and that the differences actually add value to, instead of diminishing, our lives. When my wife, a Cambodian-Chinese-American, and I were first married, I resisted all…

As Our Environment Changes (So Do We)

A strange thing happened when my wife and I visited Cambodia, her home country, a few years back. People there were surprised to find that I could speak (some) Khmer, the Cambodian language, but that was to be expected. I do not exactly look Cambodian, after all. What was strange was that people were shocked…