Category: celebrations & superstitions

Things we celebrate and observe.

The Xmas Grind

This is The Nightmare Before Christmas It would be unfair to say Christmas snuck up on me this year. It’s… read more The Xmas Grind

The Lost Comic Con and the Missed Comic Con

The 2013 New York Comic Con was my “lost Comic Con,” I was there in body but my exhausted spirit… read more The Lost Comic Con and the Missed Comic Con

Tiananmen Tankman at 25

This past Wednesday, June 4, marked the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, when the Chinese government ordered the Red… read more Tiananmen Tankman at 25

50something Spider-man

WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS! Spider-man is 50 this year. It’s weird knowing he is just a few years older than me…. read more 50something Spider-man

Christmas, Santa, and Jesus

As a parent, two stories I would like to tell better are the story of 9/11 and the story of… read more Christmas, Santa, and Jesus

Tiger Mother’s Day

“Top of the World Ma! Top of the World!” That’s what I hear in my head whenever someone mentions “Mother’s… read more Tiger Mother’s Day

Happy New Year!

This is my all time favorite depiction of the Zodiac animal race. It’s an Onitsuka Tiger ad.

The Santa Cause

Two of my favorite holiday movies are Miracle on 34th Street and Bass and Rankin’s The Year Without a Santa… read more The Santa Cause

Christmas Wrapping

Why isn’t there an “Official” video for this song? Every Christmas I get  the Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping stuck in my… read more Christmas Wrapping

Imagine 30 Years Ago

Bowie credits Lennon for inspiring “Fame.” Thirty years ago today. Where was I? High School. It feels like I was… read more Imagine 30 Years Ago

Father’s Day & that Chapin Song

Father’s Day always makes me think of that Harry Chapin song, “Cat’s in the Cradle” – More so now that… read more Father’s Day & that Chapin Song

The Speech I Wanted to Give (2nd time around)

  Last year I was given the opportunity to address an audience of fourth through twelfth graders at an awards… read more The Speech I Wanted to Give (2nd time around)


I remember our first Christmas together. I had gotten her one of those hand-held electric back massagers (which she asked… read more humbug

More than Just a Kiss

Marita doesn’t need a brand-new school with acres of playing fields and gleaming facilities. She doesn’t need a laptop, a… read more More than Just a Kiss

Beyond 4 Walls

[youtube=] Before I was a parent I used to joke: “That’s how Chinese people show love.” I made that joke… read more Beyond 4 Walls

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Happy Year of the Rat!

I’m sorry, Jean…

I owe Jean Shepherd an apology. For several years I have been crediting Truman Capote with Jean’s story. A Christmas… read more I’m sorry, Jean…

On the Hill

My friends will tell you that I complained about “being old” way before I actually “got old.” Before I turned… read more On the Hill

Birthday Bash

Recently, my wife and I argued over whether or not to throw our son a birthday party. She wanted a… read more Birthday Bash

Gung Hay Fat Choy!