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Writer. Wife. Mom. Runner. Crocheter. Cancer patient in a pandemic.

Nudging my teenager forward

I have so many conflicted feelings about Mother’s Day. I have my own complicated relationship with my mother. (Think Filipino version of Lorelai and Emily, but with less money and less well dressed. If you know, you know.)

I love being a mama to four amazing kids. They make my decision to become a stay-at-home Mom so worth it. But it’s not always easy. Parenting is never easy. There are some really good stretches where life just flows. And then there are some really challenging stretches and I feel like I’m barely holding on by my fingernails.

Right now I’m…


Anger, Confusion, Grief, and a lot of WTAF…

I heard about the shootings in Georgia. I saw a picture of the shooter. And then I saw #stopasianhate all over social media. And I have still subconsciously avoided the story about the Asian women who were murdered. Why? Because I’m Asian and I’m not.

Wait. What? How can I be Asian and not? Because I am Hapa: Half Filipino and Half Caucasian. I was born in the Philippines and grew up in America. My mom is Filipina and my dad is caucasian, a white guy born and raised in Southern California.

When I was a teenager I would get…


Lessons from my tour guide

“Are you nervous?” he asked. And even though my brain wanted to deny it, I blurted out an adamant “Yes.”

There was something in his easy-going frank manner that made me tell him the truth. I was scared riding a bike down the side of Haleakala Mountain. If my nervous bladder wasn’t a dead giveaway, it might have been the way I intently listened to all the pre-ride tips.

I knew I could ride a bike, but it’s been 20 years since I rode my bike daily around campus and about six years since I last attended my weekly spin…


A fast food feast

Rats and snakes are finding a veritable feast with the emergence of the Brood X cicadas in Maryland.

Not only are the protein-packed cicadas yummy as a delicacy for humans, but rats and snakes are coming out to enjoy the delicious arthropods. In June 2004 Montgomery County Maryland health inspectors received at least 436 complaints about rats as compared to the 60 they received the year before. And in 2019 there were only 31 complaints. However, with the emergence of the 17-year Brood X cicadas, officials expect that number to go up significantly.

In a press release sent out by…


The parallel lives of its owners Taylor Swift and Rebekah Harkness

On July 24, 2020, amid a pandemic, Taylor Swift dropped her 8th album, folklore with a surprise release.

A natural-born storyteller, Taylor Swift shares her writing process and inspiration during the folklore: the long pond sessions documentary on Disney+. During conversations with co-collaborators and producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, Swift shares how her work on folklore is inspired by stories of someone other than herself.

Swift, known for her autobiographical songwriting, shared that the pandemic gave her time to move beyond the realm of her own experiences and reflect on those of other people. Unlike previous albums, Swift’s pandemic…


Practical advice for your high schooler

My son is a freshman this year. One of his required classes is Advanced Placement (AP) Seminar. He has to create a portfolio and take an online 3-hour exam. Why would I want my 15 year old doing this? Well, for one, Advanced Placement courses can garner college credit if he does well on the exam in May.

Advanced Placement students across the country have been working all year to learn and study for an exam that will take place in May. Scores range from 5 (Well qualified) to 1(No Recommendation). Without a doubt, a 5 will get you college…


Serving clients with respect and dignity

More client choice food programs are becoming available around the country. Client choice food programs allow people who are seeking food assistance to choose for themselves what products they receive. It cuts down on waste and it also allows people to have autonomy in their food choices. It is also a way to provide dignity for people who are in need of help.

There are different types of client choice pantries. Some resemble small grocery stores where clients can walk and choose their own food. Others will provide a list to their clients letting them know what they have.

Having…


Get Yours Now at the Nearest Location

I was introduced to YouTube star, Mr. Beast by my son. He was enthralled with not only with the stunts from Mr. Beast, but also his philanthropic approach to his YouTube fame. I’m usually wary of internet sensations, but I will say, that you haven’t watched a Mr. Beast video yet, you should. And it’s pretty much “G” to “PG” rated. There’s minimal language and it’s non-violent unless you count being pelted with water balloons. …


Frank Raises More Than $131,000 For Food Banks

In a quiet neighborhood in Ohio, Frank the Gargoyle made his appearance on the front steps of his home. A neighbor took offense at Christmas time and wrote a letter to Frank’s owner, Denise Starr, telling her that Frank wasn’t festive enough for the Christmas season. According to Karen, the Cranky Neighbor:

“Frank needed to be moved out of sight because he ‘wasn’t festive and in keeping with the holiday spirit.’”

After 10 months of a pandemic, Frank’s owner was having none of it and Frank showed up with a Santa hat and brought some porch friends to keep him…


A hidden gem in Damascus, Maryland

In 2019 a friend and I discovered the Music Cafe in Damascus, Maryland. It has a wonderful back patio for outdoor dining. I’ve been there three times now and have yet to sit in the dining room because I’ve enjoyed eating outside on their back patio. Though (pre-pandemic) I’ve visited the loo while there was live music playing in the dining room.

To provide first-class, live entertainment by using established musicians and serving delicious food, mouthwatering desserts, gourmet coffee, espresso, beer, and wine.” The Music Cafe Mission Statement

The last time we were there…

Heather Jauquet

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