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Burden of Family

Dec 28, 2011 No Comments by

© 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 […]

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Make A 2012 Donation!

Nov 23, 2011 1 Comment by

Dear Friends, Help support a year-long project on Stage & Studio. I’m seeking funds for our new year-long series “Making Change.” This series of feature stories and documentary specials is about the creative people who make social, environmental and cultural change happen through artistic projects.  Oregon artists, writers, performers, nonprofit and community groups who want […]

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What We Can Do About Breast Cancer

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments by

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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Blueberry Therapy

Oct 09, 2011 No Comments

© Dmae Roberts 2011 When my mom died, I tried to find activities that would help me with my grief so I went blueberry picking. I enjoy berry season during Oregon summers. My experiences with picking began when I was child in the strawberry fields near Eugene. My mom took my brother and me strawberry […]

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Lisa See’s History

Jul 23, 2011 No Comments

© Dmae Roberts 2011 I love reading Lisa See’s novels because I learn so much about history. Yes, I get caught up in the characters and their individual struggles and stories but I deeply appreciate the depth of her research. It’s like having a fabulous history teacher who draws you into the big picture of […]

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Remembering Daddy

Jun 19, 2011 2 Comments

© Dmae Roberts 2011 Daddy passed away in his sleep one afternoon, alone and without causing us any trouble.  He had been sick for a week with one of his frequent colds that turned into bronchitis during which he continued the two pack a day smoking habit he could never kick. “Alive and kickin’.” That […]

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The Eternal Search For A Name

May 18, 2011 No Comments

© Dmae Roberts 2011 *Originally published in The Asian Reporter.  Read more essays in the Dmae Writes section. When I produced Mei Mei: A Daughter’s Song, my autobiographical radio documentary, the marketing people at the network described it as the story of an “American-born daughter and her foreign born mother.” I had told them that […]

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Remembering Japan

Apr 29, 2011 No Comments

© Dmae Roberts 2011 *Originally published in The Asian Reporter My earliest and best childhood memories are of Japan. My father was a sergeant in the Air Force, and he met my mom in Taiwan. As a family, we lived in a neighborhood close to Fuchu Air Station, a military base near Tokyo. I loved […]

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