Leadership According to Jon Snow

Over 8 million viewers tuned in for the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen the finale yet, or begun season 5, this blog post is not for you. Come back in two days when I’ll have a poster to share for Wordless Wednesday. For the rest of us, I’ve been […]

Strawberry Tuna Salad for #sundaysupper

A light salad is the perfect meal for summer. You may be confused how tuna and strawberries come together (as I was initially). The secret is in the salad dressing or vinaigrette. Really the key to assembling a tasty veggie treat is to be true to your flavor profile. You can’t go wrong if you […]


Starting a blog can feel daunting. I have a friend who spreads her cheer the modern old school way: she sends emails. A week or so ago, I got a note from her about making care kits for the gas station attendants who pump gas for drivers across Qatar. These guys work long hours, day […]

How to Tell if You Might Turn into Rachel Dolezal

Newly arrived to America, from the ethnocentric post-doc community of Canada, was like being thrown in a pile of snow. “Report to the library to talk to the reporter about Martin Luther King Jr.,” my elementary school teacher said. In Palo Alto, CA of the ’80s, being Indian meant non-white. I trudged to the library […]

Veggie Strudel for Sunday Supper

This veggie strudel is a savory treat – kind of like an egg roll on steroids – and can be served as a starter or a complete meal on those lazy weekends. Roast your veggies, wrap them up, and viola! Crisply baked in about thirty minutes. Serve with dipping sauce. A photo posted by Mo […]

Essential Background for The Migrant Report

I hope you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming release of the first title in the new crime series The Migrant Report. Take a peek into the world of Manu, one of the main characters, as he arrives to work in the Arabian Gulf.

4 Ways to Avoid Being Made Lonely by Facebook

View image | gettyimages.com I’m teaching summer school in the dead of a desert summer. As in, if you linger outside at midday, you could die. Or at least fry your skin or eggs. There’s a thing about expat life, that if you aren’t on the first plane out, you feel like you’re being tested. […]

Spinach for Sunday Supper

I love coming home to the smell of food. Not a scent for everyone, but for me, the aroma of someone cooking makes a house feel like a nurturing space. Slow cookers are the absolute guarantee to a someone has been laboring for my meal sensation. This Spinach and Artichoke dip is so good, you […]

Ways to Make Sure Your Corruption Goes Unnoticed

Recent international headlines about the arrest of FIFA officials in Zurich have resurrected long standing questions about corruption at the highest levels of the organization. FIFA preys on the hopes of host nations to hold the world’s biggest sporting event while continuing to enjoy non-profit status. The raid was the result of money laundering charges […]

Summer Savories for #SundaySupper

Summer classes have begun. I’m taking advantage of a less rigid pace to make time for three works out a week. When you’re pushing your body, the muscles demand good food. Here’s a simple, hearty duo that will get you full fast. Summer savories: roasted tomato salmon and bak choy. Easy to do and perfect […]

Welcome to being a woman in America

Jon Stewart tells it like only he can. “When you were Bruce we talked about your Olympics and business’ achievements. But now that you are a woman, all we’ll care it’s about your looks: Welcome to being a woman in America.”

Questions You Should Ask Before Self Censoring

View image | gettyimages.com When I was in graduate school, a friend asked me to write for the University newspaper. Having finished my first short story class, I was excited at the possibility of regularly writing. The guy I was seeing at the time, a guy I thought was the one and only, a guy […]

Stuff Shells Your Way for Sunday Supper

In the busy business of life, reaching for what you have on hand can be as good (or even better) as a plan ahead specialty meal. For my latest experimental concoction, I pulled out whatever flavors I wanted to include for this make on the fly cannelloni. The only criteria for inclusion was that the […]

From Sansa to Furisoa (Hollywood’s Burgeoning Feminism)

I’m a writer. Which means I love to read. Which also means, (surprising to some) I love to watch. I watch people at malls, in their cars, around airports, to get the rhythm of speech, pattern of movement, smell of love exactly right in my books. I also watch other people’s versions of what humans […]

Eggs in Avocado Nests: Breakfast for #sundaysupper

I love eggs. Their savory flavor gets a boost when served in avocado baskets. Think of this as a deviled egg remix, minus the mayo. More of an upgrade really. What’s your favorite way to eat eggs? Eggs in avocado nests… Two yummy foods boosting each other’s flavors. Breakfast for #sundaysupper #nomnomnom #homemade A photo […]

Wordless Wednesday: Inspire Me

A few weeks ago I had a call from a friend’s brother, a person I have known since he was twelve. “Would you be on this talk show we’re organizing?” He asked me, as a sophomore student at university in the same building where I teach. (Talk about feeling your age!) “I always like to […]

When You Cry

The verbal grenade I was tossed yesterday morning hit me with full force. I tried to counter with ninja mindfulness techniques. “Good morning,” I said, stepping closer to the person, trying to start again. Instead of resetting, this further escalated the situation. I retreated, bursting into tears a few feet away. “You cried?” My friend […]

Meatless Meatballs for #sundaysupper

There are so many yummy flavors in these meatless meatballs, you won’t miss the meat texture. Perfect with a bowl of pasta or as a appetizer. Take it from the carnivore in my house.

How to Pre-Order The Migrant Report

You know I’ve been hard at work on my first crime novel. Here’s the exciting news: you can see the cover and pre-order your copy of The Migrant Report, the first in the series. “Against the glittering high-rises of the capital, Manu, a recent arrival from Nepal, drips his days away on a construction site, […]

Roasted Red Pepper Quiche for #Sundaysupper

Eggs, milk, roasted red pepper and feta cheese make this one pot dish a no-brainer for any night you want to eat in. I sauteed onions and garlic in truffle oil for an extra twist, as well as loading up on salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. What variations do you like in your […]