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I’ll Have Three Sugars With That, Please

sugar—nounA sweet crystallizable material that consists wholly or essentially of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure, tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative of other foods.

My Mother’s Neem Tree

Who knew that a Neem tree planted outside a bedroom window could cause so much excitement, frustration and chaos?

Should Women Lean In or Lean On?

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, believes that women have themselves to blame for not succeeding in business and profession. That is what her opponents are saying anyway. Still, taken at face value, her message seems worth listening to. In her book,  Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will ...

An Untold Story

I have watched my mother grow into the most amazing storyteller. When she speaks, people lean in, the room becomes quieter, and the anticipation is palpable. She wasn’t always this way. She used to avoid speaking of her history—or about herself altogether— giving only enough details to keep ...

Is Social Media Harmful?

No, social media has its advantages There has been a spate of chatter lately that social media has made us less or even anti-social. Nothing, in my opinion, is further from the truth. In fact I would say that social media has fostered relationships and a sense of community amongst ...

Are You Dad Enough?

My son is turning five later this month and I am going through a whole slew of emotions. I miss the baby that was my son not too long ago. I face a boy getting ready for elementary school this fall and I am not quite ready for it ...

Remember the Call Center?

In the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) world, Mexico is apparently the new India. According to a recent economic report delivered before the Indian parliament, India has lost 10% of its BPO business in the past five years. Meanwhile, Tijuana-based call centers are picking up the slack. India, the story ...

A Boy Turned Pariah

pariah—noun—a member of a low caste of south India —one that is despised or rejected: outcast

Seeds for Soil, Seeds of Spirit

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”—Henry David Thoreau. Mustard flowers are one of the early signs of spring in the San Francisco Bay Area. Almost overnight, our highways are bordered by silken carpets ...

The Denial of American Grandeur

As the story of the Tsarnaev brothers unfolds—from asylum, to attempts at assimilation and finally to terrorism—I hear echoes of another set of brothers from my own country, Vietnam. On April 4, 1991 three Vietnamese brothers and a friend—all teenagers—took over an electronics store in Sacramento ...
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