• Medium,  Travel

    Eating my Way Through Taichung

    When I went from a fun three-day trip in Taipei to Taichung, the second largest city in Taiwan, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was excited to see my dad but I figured there was nothing to do. It wasn’t as cosmopolitan or vibrant as Taipei. I was proven wrong. The food alone is worth the trip. I fell in love with Taichung and can’t wait to go back. And did I mention the food? I write about my entire culinary journey today at Writers on the Run. Warning: it will leave you feeling hungry!

  • Health and Wellness,  Migraines

    My Yearlong Journey on Aimovig

    In October 2018, I signed up for the Bridge to Commercial Coverage program for Aimovig. It offered twelve free doses until my insurance carrier approved. My neurologist started me off with one 70mg dose. The program even offered a nurse to come to my home to help me with the injection. Even though I’m a wimp when it comes to shots, it wasn’t that bad. I also continued with yoga, acupuncture, and meditation, something that had already been reducing my migraines from 15 a month to 6. That first month, I didn’t notice much difference. But by the second dose in November, my migraines reduced from 6 to 2. My last…

  • Food,  Grief,  Loss

    Grief and Loss of a Pet

    My essay “I Hated Cooking and Then I Had to Cook For My Dog” is up today at The Ascent on Medium. It’s a tribute to Hana, my brat terrier, who I had to put down on May 28, 2019. It was the worst day of my life. This essay helped me work through my grief and connect with her. I felt her with me as I wrote it. I attribute my joy for cooking to her and that’s what this essay is about. How a non-chef like me was forced to learn to cook when Hana suddenly couldn’t digest commercial dog food. How my own health required a gluten-free,…

  • Nature,  Travel

    Nature Trips in Taiwan

    So you’re going to Taiwan and of course, it’s all about the food. But what if you want to relax and spend some time outdoors? Here are the best places I found during my recent visit to Taiwan: TAIPEI Chiang Kai-Shek’s Shilin Residence This was the official residence of President Chiang Kai-Shek and Soong Mei-ling, his third wife. Now it’s a historical site and museum open for tours which I highly recommend. But it’s the gardens and grounds that I spent the most time enjoying. Walk around the lily-pad covered lake and rose garden and you’ll be sure to see plenty of butterflies, birds, insects, and even turtles! Amusing topiary…

  • Anxiety,  Health and Wellness,  Medium,  Writing

    How Reiki Worked for Me But Not as I Expected

    My post is up today at P.S. I Love You! My first publication with them and I’m so thrilled! It’s about how my Reiki class brought me closer to my father. I was always a worrywart ever since I can remember. Over time, it brought on debilitating migraines, chronic inflammation, and hives. I needed to relieve my anxiety and stress but I never knew how. So I signed up for a Reiki class. What it did for me was beyond what I could imagine. Not only did I learn how to relax and bring down my anxiety, but it allowed me to be more open and vulnerable. If you want…