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Julie Wu – The Third Son

Sep 18, 2013 Comments Off by

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What immediately drew me to Julie Wu’s debut novel The Third Son were the similarities of her setting and time to my mom’s story and history.
Set in Taiwan during World War II, the novel opens in 1943.  An eight-year-old boy named Saburo, lives in fear of his abusive family one moment and is running for [...]

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Remembering Octavia Butler

Feb 24, 2013 Comments Off by

As part of Black History Month, I thought I would call attention to a writer I’ve “discovered” in the last two years. I’ve long been a fan of science-fiction literature, but had not read any for at least a decade or more except for the writings of Portland’s Ursula K. Le Guin. Then a close [...]

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Hope in 2013?

Jan 09, 2013 Comments Off by

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The holidays are over. The world didn’t end as predicted by the Mayan calendar and there is still abundant life on earth. For many around the country, however, there have been difficult times. Last month there was horrific news of two shootings — one close to home and another on the other side [...]

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The Last Holiday

Nov 21, 2012 Comments Off by

© Dmae Roberts 2012
I didn’t realize the last Thanksgiving I spent with my mom would actually be the very last. We never know about “the last time” until it’s no more.
Ma’s been gone 10 years now. When she had a recurrence of breast cancer, I spent three years commuting back and forth from Portland to [...]

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A Night At The E.R.

Jun 21, 2012 Comments Off

© Dmae Roberts
I’ve been to the emergency room only a few time for myself or family members. Usually we had fast response and care. But nationally E.R. wait times have increased since the recent economic downturn. A 2010 Press Ganey Pulse Report revealed that the average length of stay in a U.S. emergency department increased [...]

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Remembrance: On Time And Distance

Apr 29, 2012 Comments Off

Join Dmae Roberts for a special radio memorial on the 10th anniversary of her mom’s death. Remembrance: On Time And Distance is part memoir and a collection of radio pieces she’s produced about the complex ties that bind a mother and daughter. Airs Tues 5/1 11am on KBOO 90.7FM. This special will also air Sat 11am [...]

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The White Snake

Apr 04, 2012 No Comments

If you’ve never been to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, this is the year for you to go. OSF’s The White Snake offers a magical and gently compelling love story that both moves and captivates the very heart of what makes us human. While it’s a love story between a supernatural spirit and [...]

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The Oscar ‘Race’

Feb 26, 2012 No Comments

My friend Eliza drives up from Eugene to Portland every Oscar night. It’s become an annual ritual for us to get dressed up and watch the Academy Awards while eating pizza and drinking champagne. We mark our ballots, keep tab on winners, make fun of the dance numbers and tear up at the emotional acceptance [...]

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Burden of Family

Dec 28, 2011 No Comments

© Dmae Roberts 2011
Thanksgiving meal with my brother went well till my husband and I noticed the duct tape wrapped around Jack’s fingers.
“What’s that?” I asked.
“I cut myself,” he replied.
I asked “how?” and there was a long pause, a pause that’s been indicative of the thing we don’t talk about if we can avoid it: [...]

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What We Can Do About Breast Cancer

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments

When my mom died after three years of battling breast cancer, I decided to work on a project with women who survived the illness. To me it was a way to create more awareness about how devastating this disease can be on the woman (some men get breast cancer too) as well their family and [...]

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