The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Hollywood)

  A few weeks ago, something glorious transpired in my ordinary little muggle realm:  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in Universal Studios, Hollywood.  As an avid fan of the Harry Potter books and films, I was thrilled. Finally, a muggle like myself could get a taste of the wizarding world without flying across … More The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Hollywood)

Volunteer Resolution

This housing project was once known for gangs, but I honestly don’t see that. I see loving families struggling to find a better life. Two years ago, I was ready for a positive change and made a New Year’s resolution to volunteer. When I started tutoring kids here, I found a sixth grader reading at … More Volunteer Resolution

Help Create A Haven for Underserved Children

Dear readers, I rarely ask for help in this way, but this is a cause that’s very near and dear to my heart. I’ve helped tutor these hardworking, adorable, underserved kids in South LA regularly over the last year, and I’ve fallen in love with their positive spirit and determination to grow…but our Let’s Read program … More Help Create A Haven for Underserved Children

The Sorcerer

On her 30th birthday, Nimali met a sorcerer.  This was quite unexpected, as she had stopped believing in magic – like many – in childhood, once Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy turned out to be elaborate hoaxes.  And she had discarded her cherished fantasy novels back in high school, when the … More The Sorcerer

Self Help

Wraina was a precocious little girl.  She noticed things, like how her father’s breath stunk of whiskey on the nights that he had to “work late” or how her mother’s voice rang with false cheer when saying “I’m fine, and you?” to acquaintances in town who asked “How are you?” She sensed the tension that … More Self Help

Shipwrecked

During recess, Hannah Miller asked Kiran Patel if he would like to play “Shipwrecked” and pretend they were the only two people stranded together on a desert island.  She stood on a mound of wet grass surrounded by a large pool of dark rainwater, her frizzy brown hair whipping in the wind, olive eyes wide … More Shipwrecked

Magical Mystery

I felt the magic for the first time when I was 11 years old. Lounging on the sofa one lazy Sunday afternoon, I complained that there was nothing to do, annoying my parents with my dramatic sense of ennui. My father was cleaning out and reorganizing the drawers of our entertainment system furniture; the drawers … More Magical Mystery