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Author Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The Carnival cruise ship Triumph made headlines in February when it lost power. After four days of misery, it was towed into Mobile, Ala. There were more than 4,000 people on board who had no showers, no modern sanitation, no air conditioning, and makeshift food and sleeping arrangements. Many on board were terrified and horrified […] Read More

I had such a terrible flu that I had no idea that snowstorm Nemo was predicted. However, when it hit, everyone in its path knew that Nemo was here. That path was similar to the track Hurricane Sandy took just a few months ago. So those who were devastated by the hurricane were also snowed […] Read More

Major weather pattern changes should be alarming news to everyone. Anne Thompson, NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent, recently reported that our average global temperature has increased by 1 degree Celsius and almost 2 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century. To a normal citizen, one degree doesn’t sound too alarming. Yet, one degree change in […] Read More

Recently, I watched a TV advertisement for a show on Oxygen called “My Shopping Addiction.” As the title implies, it follows people who have a real addiction to shopping. I know of tobacco, alcohol and drug addiction, but how can anyone be addicted to shopping? Something doesn’t seem right. All one has to do is […] Read More

Hurricane Sandy was worse than anyone had imagined it to be. I have seen countless horrible images of mayhem. I can barely believe the reports. I cannot believe that some homes were burned down while others were buried under sand and water. Countless lives were shattered by just one storm. I keep viewing the pictures […] Read More

The music video “Gangnam Style” is mesmerizing and addictive. It has lots of color, action, comedy and scene changes. It is entertaining even if you do not speak or understand Korean. Psy’s video has drawn mass attention by Americans and those in the Western world. “Gangnam Style” has hit No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard […] Read More

The music video “Gangnam Style” is mesmerizing and addictive. It has lots of color, action, comedy and scene changes. It is entertaining even if you do not speak or understand Korean. Psy’s video has drawn mass attention by Americans and those in the Western world. “Gangnam Style” has hit No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard […] Read More

Sustainability has become one of the most important issues in our time, and in a hundred years, it may be the single most important issue. We have heard that if we do not sustain our resources, we are on the road to destruction. On this issue, Winona LaDuke, a noted activist, author and founder and […] Read More

Being a mom these days requires lots of skills. It is like being Cinderella in reverse (a laundress, cook, cleaner, chauffeur and scullery maid all at once for children rather than stepsisters.) At times, I feel inadequate. As a mother of three children (one in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary […] Read More

Cape Town, South Africa, is one of the most stunning places I have visited. The landscape is unforgettable: mountains, blue waves, pristine beaches, rich soil. Juxtaposed to the beauty of the land, however, are townships that are an ugly reminder of the past. I visited Khayelitsha Township in Cape Town, and it was like time […] Read More