Author Archives: Mai Pham

Cook

It is Thanksgivingukkah week, the coinciding of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah that occurs every 70,000 to 80,000 years due to the insertion of a leap lunar month into the Jewish calendar to align with the solar year. Twice the pressure to … Continue reading

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Hear, Say

After David arrived in September, we searched for a house to rent in the Old Quarter, the cobblestoned square of alleys close enough to the Saigon River that it is full of Naval officers and their families, and just a … Continue reading

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Michaela

In celebration of my friend Sue Katz Miller’s grand “coming out” with her first book on raising interfaith families (Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family), I decided to post this chapterlet ahead of where it belongs in … Continue reading

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Paper Sculptures — de plie

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Blind Sight

This one is about making art blind…..  Everyone knew my vision was inferior. By nine years of age, untreated astigmatism and farsightedness had made my eyes cross. I got my first pair of eyeglasses the same month that I rode … Continue reading

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Nha (House)

This was the beginning of my “reclamation,” of family history, of memories, of ghosts and traumas. Cathay Pacific made a dusty landing at Noi Bai International. Smileless brown men in uniform stood on the tarmac with familiar facial structures – … Continue reading

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Clock

When you are ready, when biology trumps logic and personal comfort and professional considerations, babies will beckon. David started seeing and hearing them everywhere in Manhattan, peeking out from strollers, waddling in the park. We had dinner with a new-mother … Continue reading

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