Top Ten Movies with an Indian Flavor

For me, summer time means a precious few lazy days of marathon movie watching.  Along with classic series like the Harry Potter movies and the Lord of the Rings movies that we love to watch as a family, my husband and I sometimes like to curl up on the couch and watch movies with an…

Tea Time in Georgia

Tea can be so many things to so many different people. My mother-in-law loves her milk tea.  Cha.  Every day, morning and afternoon, the loose black tea leaves roll in a boil on the stove, smelling of warm milk and ginger. The aroma of her tea is a gentle “good morning” every day in her…

Moments in Hand

Last night, I attended a writing workshop.  It was my first time at this particular one, and as I drove up the long driveway to the hostesses home, I fought my childhood shyness pop up in my throat.  But, I fought it and threw myself in, completely unaware of the incredible inspiration I was to…

Lemons, Anyone?

Two nights ago, on October 31, our neighborhood was invaded by hoards of little people.  At least I think they were people.  There were short princesses, minute Spidermen, itty bitty vampires, and more than a few  vertically-challenged ninja warriors, all of whom swarmed the streets with flashlights and glow necklaces, yelling and laughing.  They sounded…

“Mom, You’re Embarrassing Me!”

I love to embarrass my kids.  One of my greatest joys is to see the look on their faces when I do something silly in front of their friends.  I’ll say things like “YOLO,”an acronym for ‘you only live once’ used by the teens. I greet their friends with “Yo, Dawg,” and I dance.  Oh…

A Son by Any Other Name

  My dad was a funny man.  Always one to crack jokes, tease and make up funny names for people, he seemed at ease in any situation.  But when my husband showed up at the front door to pick me up for our first date, I cringed.  Though Dad shook hands with him and politely…

The Mehndi Tradition

  My husband and I were married in a Christian wedding ceremony.  Like most American young girls, I had fantasized about my white wedding dress for years.  I wanted a silk, lacy dress with a train that trailed behind me like a princess, a gauzy veil on my head, and a fragrant bouquet of white…

Music Culture: Never Tear Us Apart

Culture:  The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.  (Dictionary.com) With all of this talk about intercultural relationships and families in this blog, I realized that what I’ve really been writing about is differences in ethnic culture.  My husband and I are the products of two very different ethnic traditions,…