Let’s talk … About secondary trauma

If you haven’t been following the news lately, you probably have smelled the smoke and noticed the ash dust on your car window. The catastrophic fires in California’s North Bay brought tragedy to our back door. We in the U.S. have recently experienced repeated natural and man-made disasters. If you were fortunate enough to not […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Get that protein glow

So you’ve finally decided to start (or restart) that intensive exercise regimen that your physician, significant other or buddies have been heckling you to implement. Perhaps it’s that 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity cardio on the stationary bike, rowing machine or simply brisk walking. Maybe it’s the twice weekly session with various resistance […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Cultural appropriation or food evolution?

There have been several publications highlighting the opinions of chefs in Hawai‘i regarding the popularity of a dish previously only known in the 50th: poké. Before I say anything else, let me get this off of my chest. It is pronounced poh-keh, which means to slice or cut. Poh-kee is Gumby’s orange buddy, which has […]

LASTING COMMITMENTS: Being a beneficiary

Estate planning, like any field, has its own special uses of language. Many of the key terms are commonly used words such as “beneficiary,” which take on precise meanings in the context of wills and trusts. Here’s a hypothetical situation that introduces some of the basic roles and ideas. It’s based on an actual question […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Making America hate again

I guess you could say that we’re living through interesting times, with so much going on on so many different fronts. I never thought I would live to see our country so roiled, so buffeted by so many conflicts that our very foundations seem to be threatened. One aspect of democracy with the one person, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: America’s favorite sandwich

Continuing with last month’s theme and since we’re smack dab in the middle of summer, let’s talk about America’s favorite sandwich — the hamburger! It used to be America’s favorite fast food until pizza dethroned it years ago. This simple sandwich consisting of a ground beef patty served between two slices of bread created by […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: A behind-the-scenes glimpse at a historian’s work documenting JA stories

One of the burdens of my work as a historian of Japanese Americans is the continuing sense of time passing. I have a continuing need to find people before they move out of reach, due to death or disability. Now, I realize that, on one level, I have less ground for complaint than most. After […]

LASTING COMMITMENTS: Preserving inheritance for future generations

When I started my estate planning practice 21 years ago, I wanted to provide a valuable service while devoting part of my practice to clients who couldn’t afford market-rate legal services. I did not know then how surprised I would be by the lessons I would learn along the way. I’ve always had a strong […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Earl of Sandwich

What supposedly was created by John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich to allow him to continue playing his favorite card games while still enjoying a meal, the glorious combination of proteins or other fillings between baked vehicles, whether they be bread, biscuits, pita or even new-fangled starches like rice or noodle buns, the sandwich […]

Let’s Talk About … Honoring the dead

Obon season is upon us. It is when our Japanese American communities gather to share an ancient Buddhist tradition to honor the spirits of our ancestors. In Japan, it is a time when families return to their ancestral family homes to visit and clean their ancestors’ graves. It is thought to be the time when […]

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