Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness

My friend wrote a book. It's the kind that, after you set it down, alters your soul's DNA. Leslie Verner's Invited shatters all of my previous paradigms about hospitality, and unleashes its power as an antidote to loneliness. The beauty and potency of this book emerge through the narratives she weaves throughout. It comes at … Continue reading Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness

A Beautiful Melon’s Unofficial Guide to Cultural Literacy

  I sort of don’t fit in here. That doesn’t mean I haven’t tried. But at 5’10” with frizzy, auburn hair and pale, white skin I haven’t got a chance. Walking Taipei’s narrow alleyways, riding the subway or cramming into an elevator, I feel a strange kinship to this: Though acutely aware of my high-level … Continue reading A Beautiful Melon’s Unofficial Guide to Cultural Literacy

Weak is the “New” Strong

By Nichole Woo This post originally appeared at Leslie Verner's http://www.scrapingraisins.com. In it, I shared some of my thoughts on the "Strong Girl" movement. My best friend’s daughter hates her middle name. As a parent, how do you not take that one personally?  After all, most of us spend about nine months contemplating, debating, and … Continue reading Weak is the “New” Strong

From Across the Room

Pithy wine labels always catch my eye. I appreciate the whimsy of names like “Middle Sister,” “Mommy’s Time Out,” “7 Deadly Zins” and “Goats do Roam.” Recently, I met the weirdest one yet: I was curious to discover the bottle my husband had paired with dinner. It was the exclamation point to the meal he … Continue reading From Across the Room