An Immigrant’s Story~Taught at UCSB Extension!

Jul 18
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Thank you to Deborah Gordon for choosing to teach An Immigrant’s Story. I am honored that the abridged version of The House of Six Doors, was used for both the winter and spring quarters at UCSB, in an Extension Reading and Discussion class for foreign students. There were students from all over the world in this English class.

The abridged version was published to offer speakers of languages other than English, content they would be able to relate to. At the end of each quarter I was invited to meet the students, I was delighted that they had many thoughtful questions.

A big thank you to all the students. I enjoyed your questions and comments tremendously.



Mar 12
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This is an update for all of you who are asking about what I have been up to.
I have been working on my dissertation for my Ph.D., and my research topic is:
The Somatic Sensory and Somatic Emotional Aspects of the Immigrant Experience.

What does that mean?

We not only experience the world with our minds, but we also experience it through our bodies. With our minds we are able to think about our surroundings; with our bodies we sense and feel the world around us. The culture in which we were born greatly shapes the way in which we do these things. Because our home cultures feel familiar to us, we often do not think about all the ways in which they form our minds and our bodies. Immigrants can often become disoriented when they leave their original cultures and notice that people in other cultures do not think or feel the same way as they did back home. In order to fit into a new cultures, we usually focus on learning to think in new ways without considering new ways to sense or feel. I’m doing research to better understand the effects of sensing and feeling in the immigrants experience.

Although it is a lot of hard work, I love this topic! It’s so cool!

Winner in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Aug 07
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I am excited to share with you that The House of Six Doors: An Immigrant’s Memoir, has recently been named winner in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Let the Words Flow:Writing Prompt 23

Mar 23
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Do you remember being small? Everything was new and exciting.  Remember a moment when your eyes were filled with wonder and innocence and notice what your hands reached for. What was the felt sense of wonder and exploration.  Or take a moment to remember when your child’s eyes were filled with wonder and notice what they reached for.

I invite you to join me: you’ll need pen and paper or a computer, a cup of tea, and a comfortable place to sit. Ask yourself what part of your story needs to be told today. The prompt is an invitation to let the words flow. Slowly read the prompt, whether fact or fiction, and write what needs to be written today. Feel free to change the prompt from first to third person, vice versa, or any other way.

His little hands reached….

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