Julie Wu – The Third Son

Sep 18, 2013 Comments Off on Julie Wu – The Third Son by

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 […]

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Remembering Octavia Butler

Feb 24, 2013 Comments Off on Remembering Octavia Butler 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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The Last Holiday

Nov 21, 2012 Comments Off on The Last Holiday 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 […]

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A Night At The E.R.

Jun 21, 2012 Comments Off on A Night At The E.R.

© 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 […]

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Remembrance: On Time And Distance

Apr 29, 2012 Comments Off on Remembrance: On Time And Distance

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. Included is part of Dmae’s Peabody-winning documentary  Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song. For Remembrance: On […]

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The White Snake

Apr 04, 2012 Comments Off on The White Snake

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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Burden of Family

Dec 28, 2011 Comments Off on Burden of Family

© 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 […]

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What We Can Do About Breast Cancer

Oct 27, 2011 Comments Off on What We Can Do About Breast Cancer

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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