Category Archives: #amthinking


The first day of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month seems like a good time to announce a new development over here on my side of the computer: we’ve started a publishing company. Yuriko Publishing LLC is officially a … Continue reading

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Marching Forward

The extreme cold of the last few weeks gives way to balmier days and we approach the one year mark of the US being declared in a National State of Emergency due to COVID. Last March it was in my … Continue reading

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For the Less Festive of Us, a.k.a. Most of Us

To those of you who are loving the holiday, please stop reading. I respect your festivities and wish you the merriest of whatever you celebrate. I’m genuinely happy that the worst thing you are worrying about this season is slow … Continue reading

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What NaNoWriMo Taught Me

Sometimes the destination we are headed to turns out to be the wrong place when we arrive. This is NaNoWrimo 2020 for me. I finally wrote my first novel and broke the magic 50k number. I expected to be ecstatic. … Continue reading

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Stand United!

It’s finally Election Day. It’s a day we have dreaded and looked forward to. Usually I’m pretty meh about politics, but 2020 is unprecedented in all kinds of ways. This Election I got myself out there and voted and even … Continue reading

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Slam Poetry Workshop

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of doing a presentation on slam poetry to teens attending the Talk Book to Me 2020 event. It was only for 45 minutes and I felt like the topic was barely scratched in that … Continue reading

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Your Best Resource to Survive 2020: Local Libraries

Full disclosure: I work a few days a week at the North Independence Branch of Mid-continent Public Library system. This doesn’t make me an expert, but I can claim that I’m a professional. I managed to infiltrate this wonderland at … Continue reading

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Read Horror for Resilience

In March 2020 things got real. Most people were either in denial or shock… but there was a certain subset of people you could find wandering through the grocery stores calmly, carts full of canned chicken and bags of white … Continue reading

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#haiflu for National Poetry Day

It was recently National Poetry Day in England… sounds like a good enough excuse to me for a celebration! I hopped over to the official website ( to see what’s new and found something exciting: Project Haiflu! Project Haiflu is … Continue reading

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9/11 Flashback: 19 Years Ago Today

Today reminds me of how much we can heal from. Right now there is a lot of anger, fear, and hurt. I’ve been so caught up in current events I almost forgot what today was—the day we remember the Twin … Continue reading

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