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how a haiku is made

Haiku might not be as tasty as sausage, but at least you’ll recognize all — or at least most — of the ingredients. I’ve been writing haiku for over 25 years now, and I find that I’m writing more, and at a much more … Continue reading

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Christmas in Puerto Rico

I grew up in a thoroughly assimilated American household. I didn’t know that I was different until some kids bullied me in Elementary School, taunting “Ah so, Mena!” It was very confusing to me. Was I Chinese? No, my mother … Continue reading

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Lost Wages

I can’t think of too many things more surreal than spending Thanksgiving in Las Vegas, so naturally that’s what we did this past year. Our true reason for being there was the Las Vegas Invitational basketball tournament; everything else about … Continue reading

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Why I don’t celebrate Columbus Day

First off, my employer doesn’t give us the day off, so of course I’ll drag myself into the office on Monday like everyone else. But beyond that, there​’s the whole notion of celebrating the “discovery” of America, as if there … Continue reading

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the consequence of sound

In what has become an expensive but irresistible habit, I had the opportunity to hijack an hour of airtime from the James Dean Deathcar Experience on WMBR, MIT’s radio station. It was my ninth time pretending to be DJ for one hour, and … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 72

As is the case with many of my dreams, the scenario was very close to real life: I was in bed, alone, unable to fall asleep. In the dream, however, some kids were horsing around near the house, shouting outside … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 71

On two consecutive nights I’ve had dreams involving parking concessions, and specifically the problems encountered when attempting to use their services. No sex, drugs or rock ’n roll for this dreamer — instead it was all about my 2008 Toyota RAV4 being … Continue reading

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