Home Sweet Home by Susan Shifay Cheung


I’ve often felt a bit awkward about the July 4th holiday. You’ll understand my ambivalence when I say I was born and raised in England of Chinese parents, who immigrated to the United Kingdom from Hong Kong in the early 1960s. Love, marriage and a sense of adventure brought me to a new life in the United States. Having lived here for well over a decade, I still make a joke of the fact that I’m originally from the country of the losing side! Joking aside, moving to a new place is a complex process and I can testify that…

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Independence Day for Moms


Aaah, Independence Day.   Many of us will be traveling around with our kids and family, while others will enjoy some down time at home.  With July 4 right around the corner, I started to think about my own Independence Day.   Just like our forefathers, and I’m sure foremothers , declared their freedom from Great Britain, this is a time where as a  mother I can declare my own independence.  I can embrace the freedom from the grips of perfectionism and the need of the approval of others.  Freedom to become the person I want and the mother I  was…

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