2020: Ducks in a Row

Written by Tami Sulistyo June 12, 2020 The pandemic has incentivized me. I have created a new habit. One that I always thought was a good idea but had never put in real thought, time and effort to make happen. It was just one of those far off things that I knew would be good…

Hypnotized by the Beauty of Florence, Italy

Written by Ingrid Sulistyo June 12, 2020 This semester I was studying abroad in Montpellier, the south of France for a semester. I chose France because there is a program with a community internship focusing on youth development and psychology, in line with my interest in the area of trauma and resilience. Unfortunately, due to…

Summer Job, My Mom Is My Hero

Written by Api Sulistyo June 11, 2020 On Monday afternoon I was in the kitchen getting ready to cook for dinner. I was excited to try something new, Sweet and Sour Chicken, that I have learned from YouTube. Suddenly I heard my daughter Ingrid sharing about her first day of her summer job with her…

Remembering My Youngest Brother, Tenggo

Written by Api Sulistyo June 8, 2020 It was Saturday morning (June 6, 2020) at 8:26am when my phone rang. I picked up my phone and I identified the caller. It was my sister, Rini, in Central Java, Indonesia. It was bad news but she was not able to complete her sentence to give me…

It Will Not Conquer Me: A Poem

Written by Andrew Singer June 8, 2020 Author Note: These words were written in late 2018 and early 2019 as the handscroll of life was unrolled further to pass from one chapter to the next. As is true with scrolls, so is true with life, what is to come is a turn away. This is…

Our Uncertain Life: We Are Living in a Both And World

Written by Tami Sulistyo June 7, 2020   Mourning and Celebrating. Lamenting and Rejoicing. Both And. 2020 is the year of the both and world. I mourn the death of each and every person who has fallen victim to the pandemic. I celebrate the once in a lifetime incredible gift of having my 25 year…

Sunday Reflection: Anger and Frustration in the Tunnel

Written by Api Sulistyo May 31, 2020 Oh what a gorgeous Sunday morning (5/31/2020) in Minnesota! One of the best ways to appreciate and enjoy it is by some outdoor activities. That was what my friend Ramon and I did. As planned, I arrived at the parking lot at Thomson park at 8:05am. As a…

Enjoying a Summer Day, an American Way

Written by Alex Sulistyo June 6, 2020 It started from the moment I woke up. I checked my phone, looking for any new notifications or messages received overnight. It was Friday, June 5th, and I had a new message from my girlfriend, Madi. She invited me to go boating on Lake Marion in Lakeville, Minnesota…

Hot Quality Time for Team Zona

Written by Api Sulistyo June 4, 2020 “Megan, do you want to run a few miles?” I asked my daughter who was reading on the couch in our living room. “Today? How far?” she replied. “What about five miles?” I was testing her reaction. “What about 5k? I haven’t run in a long time.” She…

Taylors Falls Is for Us All

Written by Api Sulistyo May 28, 2020 Our family has been wanting to go to Taylors Falls near the Saint Croix river. It is famous for having the world’s deepest glacial potholes. We have been to this beautiful hiking place a few times and this rocky riverbank is always attractive to visit. A few weeks…