Monthly Archives: August 2017


My soul-search on what I may have to offer to the world with my background and skill set has been leading me to many inspiring and fascinating encounters. One happened this past week at an amateur chamber music festival, ArtsAhimsa. Stephanie Engel, a flutist, humanitarian and psychiatrist, introduced me to […]

On “Strength in what Remains,” Village Health Works, and Deogratias ...


One of my self-defining memories has to do with the way I look. I was about ten or eleven, leaning over a one-page newspaper advertisement. The ad was an open call to an annual nationwide beauty pageant in Japan for girls under, I think, sixteen years old.  I studied the […]

Rejecting “standards”


I love dark chocolates. Cacao, apparently, also boosts your metabolism. So, I eat it every morning, as a spoonful of cacao powder in my yogurt, and as two pieces of 88% dark chocolate squares. I got the 88% chocolate squares from someone that thought they tasted awful. She’d also bought […]

On chocolates, open-mindedness, and true empowerment