This was a year and a half ago when we were together in Cambodia. She presented a paper at the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia conference in Siem Reap. I took this photo a few hours before she spoke to an audience of mostly history scholars and medical students from all over SEA. I … Continue reading Giving my daughter wings
I'm 52 years old now, and for the last 40 years, Basil's songs have been a constant companion. Last night, watching him, and hearing him sing the songs that we had all grown up with was one of the most memorable evenings of my life. Music takes us to places in our heart that we … Continue reading Basil Valdez and the Soundtrack of My Life
Shortly after my dad died on April 20, 1981 I had a very vivid dream about him. In the dream, we were seated side by side, and in deep conversation. It felt very peaceful, very comforting. The room we were in was filled with light and painted in all white. The one thing that stood … Continue reading Migi’s Room
As the sun begun to set today, I caught a glimpse of this rainbow and the grey skies above it. The scene reminded me of the many Good Fridays I've experienced in this lifetime; moments when I was deeply disappointed with God. But today, when I look back on each one of those Good Fridays, … Continue reading The Gift of a Good Friday
Grace never leaves you where it first finds you even if takes 21 years later.