birthday, celebration, community, love

Birthday Bliss

Lily Chang © 2019 Celebrating four birthdays will conclude very soon. Today, in fact. Lily Chang © 2019 Having so many birthdays together has taken no small amount of time and has been exhausting. Planning and making time for such events, in already hectic schedules we keep, was tough. But I wouldn't change it for… Continue reading Birthday Bliss

Crazy Rich Asians, love, sacrificial love, The Phantom of the Opera

Long-Suffering Love

Recently, watching Crazy Rich Asians made me think more about how far people go to love, really love someone, even to the point of saying "goodbye." Many of you know I'm very fond of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. Before going any further, i should warn you I'll be giving some spoilers, regarding… Continue reading Long-Suffering Love

corrupted love, love, single mom

Corrupted Love Vanquished by Single Mom’s Compelling Heart Story

Over the weekend, I was at the Denver Performing Arts Center's Boettcher Concert Hall for the DYAO (Denver Young Artists Orchestra) Spectacular, where conductor, composer, and arranger David Mairs talked about his World Premiere piece, "Dreamdancing." He talked about how it was his heart song, and he ended by encouraging all of us to write… Continue reading Corrupted Love Vanquished by Single Mom’s Compelling Heart Story

community, hope, love, writing

Willing

I'm writing adult fiction, magical realism specifically. My desire is to cultivate a community — whether in writing, here, or in person — where people can be transparent and real, while also giving hope, showing that love in all its complexity exists and inviting the imagination out to play. All I need from you is: be willing… Continue reading Willing

arts, beauty, community, good, joy, love, music, teachers

Making Music and Joy

Numerous volunteer music teachers dedicate time, wisdom, gifting, and love into teaching children how to play musical instruments. They do this every week during the school year, to encourage consistent practice, improve skill, and build relationships with these young people. This all started from the vision of a business man who loved music and wanted… Continue reading Making Music and Joy

community, love, Uncategorized

Love Isn’t Always Convenient

Loving others isn't always convenient or easy. The timing's often wrong. Plans were already set, deadlines looming. Lots to be done. But, coming together as a community and loving others involves standing by others and seeing them through difficult times, even if doing so causes discomfort or disruption to me.