How Zoom Works

The other day, my mother came out of the kitchen and asked me how Zoom works. I tucked my arms in, leaned forward and rushed to her face: “Like this!” She shook her head and chuckled. Seriously, though, Zoom – an app I used only twice or thrice before COVID-19 – has become a crucial … More How Zoom Works

Gray Days

June is a rainy month. It officially marks the ending of the summer season, ushering in heavy clouds and saturnine skies. Yesterday, I was in a coffee shop when a loud clap of thunder made everyone’s heads turn up from their laptops and smartphones. It was the ending of a work day and already I … More Gray Days

Late Bloomer

When I came home from Korea last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see this tall shrub with beautiful flowers hanging from its branches. I was struck by the pinkness of the leaf-like sepals that hung unfurled like open arms poised for an embrace. The thin branches spread upward and outward, but the clumps of … More Late Bloomer


Now that I’m painting more often, I’m able to think about what subjects I really want to paint. And it occurs to me that I enjoy doing portraits. With watercolor, it is a real challenge to get the colors to blend and settle the way you want it. But I’m slowly learning that the medium … More Faces

A Safe Place

I’m tempted to explain and expound on this article-that-is-not-really-an-article, to write down every step of my thought process – on why I’m posting a photo of a sketch of a teeny cup of coffee without a handle and what this “safe place” is all about. But to do so would defeat the purpose. The point … More A Safe Place