call intercepted by an angel

Call Intercepted by an Angel

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Did my grandma dial a wrong international number and happen to reach someone who spoke Korean, someone who told them that mom was home asleep? Or was it an angel going by the name of Angela?
natural hair

Natural hair—not just for black women

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Can Koreans get a natural hair beauty role model too?

Berkeley grad maid

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Our maid is a Berkeley grad ...
Life is pretty ridiculous., cancer survivor ribbon

Life is pretty ridiculous.

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Time seems to kind of stop when you live inside the hospital. I came out after over 24 hours and felt like I had skipped a day or two in my life and I don't feel it was just due to insufficient sleep.
The Hundred Dollar Question, Shin Saimdang

The Hundred Dollar Question

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I have a new rule: If you are going to ask me a personal, invasive question about marriage prospects, you should give me at least a hundred dollars.
Non-stories

Non-stories

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Below are a few stories from this week. Or as my sister says, "Joyce, that's not a story." So non-stories they are.
All our loving dogs go to heaven

All our loving dogs go to heaven.

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My sister's dog Jasper died this month. He was very old and in pain. I'm generally indifferent toward pets but I liked Jasper a lot. He was relatively calm and didn't lick me too much.
Red monkey butt

Red monkey butt

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At my grandma's, most dishes are made too salty but I can count on the little anchovies to get me through a bowl of rice. They are like friends but not so because they're food and you know what the vegans say—friends are not food.
Eat like an optimist

Eat like an optimist

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Eating to kill yourself rather than to elongate and improve the quality of your life—what a concept. How great would it be if I could eat all of the fried Korean snacks I want and forget about its effect on my health and well-being?
a glimmer of hope

A Glimmer of Hope

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The first tears I shed in Seoul was at my cousin 언니’s skin clinic yesterday. The lady squeezed out each black and whitehead with what felt like a needle and poked my face clean.