I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of my gender than I was this past Saturday.  Millions of women joined forces to march and show solidarity for our rights and equality, both of which are under seized by the Trump administration.  Whether you are a Hillary supporter or not, women’s rights is a humanity issue.  It is not a political issue.  You can tell me how much taxes I need to pay annually, where to send my children for public education, rules and regulations I need to follow for traffic, government support, etc.  But you cannot tell me how to use my body, grab me by the “kitten” because you’re famous, or even straight up lie to me because you want to look good.  To paraphrase a sign I saw…I can’t believe I have to protest this sh*t in 2017!

It is not about political parties.  It is about women’s rights and fair treatment of everyone.  Everyone.

Christmas Break 2016

As we prepare for our Christmas break, we would like to thank everyone for another year of your continual support and allowing us to be your dental health care providers.  It is always a privilege.  We know there are plenty of options for dental care and we are grateful to be yours.  This year we have new team members to help us expand our services to a wider range of communities.  Dr. James Lin and his assistants are professionals who share our same values and beliefs.  He is a  Bay Area native.  He is also a lot nicer than I, just not as funny.  So as we step forward into 2017, we look forward to working with Dr. Lin and his team.  We hope you will get to meet him at your next appointment.

This year we all had dinner at a Brazilian steak house in downtown San Jose.  We all walked out 3 pounds heavier too.  I forget how nice downtown is in the winter.  The lights around the trees, Christmas In The Park, mini carnival set ups, multi-lighted cars driving around to entertain people, happy groups of people, etc.  I am thankful to live in an area that celebrates the holiday season with different cultural groups.  Diversity has always been a part of San Jose.  It is one of the reasons that makes San Jose so great.  My little Grinch heart grew a few sizes bigger.  I was proud of the city I grew up in.  What was small is now big.  Time has modernized my childhood memories.

Have a great holiday season.  If you are looking for things to do, go visit downtown.  There are plenty to do.  Remember to look both ways before crossing the road as the police is waiting to lecture you about jaywalking.  Enjoy.  Don’t forget to floss.jessme1 Jessica’s bunny ears

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tarasayjames-20161210-200104-editTara, Sayali and Dr. LinsjbThe Grinch and happy Elves.  A patient called me the Grinch because I didn’t want to listen to Christmas music all day long at the office.  I say it’s because I represent people who may not be so “merry” during the holiday.  This season could be one of the most depressing season of the year for a lot of people.  I didn’t want to put further pressure on them to be happy.  But Jessica’s cheerfulness was a little contagious as she sings along with the songs.  It was cute to hear her sing when she thought no one was listening.  However, it was met with, “Really?  I already have to listen to the radio, I have to listen to you, too?”  Then she went back to humming.  The ultimate cuteness came when I heard, “Hal…lelujah, Hallelujah!…” coming from the front desk.  That was met with only a laugh and a huge smile.  No one can be anything but happy with that.  So Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.


Thanksgiving 2016

This Thanksgiving I am counting my blessings.  From my families to my office and the friends that I keep.  I am humbled daily.  I am a person filled with gratitude.  But this November has been very difficult for almost everyone around me, myself included.  This month’s upset results of the election, the pressure to be merry because of the holiday season, and the financial stress that most people feel, make it hard to be “happy”.   Not to mention, some hearts were broken and my lip got a lopsided injection from my son’s head.  Within two weeks, I had five patients with fractured teeth.  It’s that time of the year when I’m doing more “witchcraft” than any other season.  (I was at a seminar and the speaker considered root canal therapy to be witchcraft.  It then became a joke amongst dentists.)

Even as our president was giving a speech about the sun shining again after Hillary’s loss, Joe Biden was looking upward for the sun.  It’s hard to find that silver lining.  Canadian website for residency crashed after the U.S. election.  But since they need healthcare providers, I was told I had a good chance of getting in almost immediately.  I guess that could be good news for me.  But I have no interest in moving north.  I hear their winters get below zero Fahrenheit.  I get cold at 60 degrees ergo, that’s not a viable option for me.  I can only stand the cold temporarily.  Freezing to death is not appealing.   Maybe I need to research more on hypothermia.

I’ve always thought to be kind to my fellow human beings.  We’re supposed to help one another.  Every year I volunteer or give to charity.  And every year I get something back in one form or another.  We had a sedation patient getting ready to go home.  We were giving his mom instructions on how to take care of him.  Then suddenly behind me, came a groggy voice, “See, I told you they like me here.”  We all turned to the patient and in an echo, my whole office replied, “Of course.”  Truly, he is a nice person, just misunderstood.  We gave him time and space to get to know and respond to us.  Sometimes he is not responsive.  But that was the effects of his medications, not him.  I think people forget their human courtesy to each other.   Maybe they just need one person to extend it to them first.

This month, I witnessed young love.  It’s amazing to see how eyes can communicate so passionately.  Unfortunately, I think I was standing in the middle of them.  A patient gave birth to her baby boy.  Another patient completed his cancer therapy.  This weekend, one will get married.  So much more happiness than sadness.  Today, I will be focusing on my blessings.  I hope you will enjoy yours.  Thank you for giving me plenty of stories to be happy about.  Have a great Thanksgiving break with your families and friends.


“Hot” Lip


American Brexit

I woke up this morning to the news that Donald Trump has won 276 electoral votes.  To say I was sad is untrue.  But I was definitely disappointed.  Amazingly he won with only 46% of Americans voting this year.  (They really should get rid of this electoral college thing.)  According to statistics, most of them were from the rural areas of conflicting states.  They were not “educated”, meaning they did not have a college degree.  They were mostly young white males hoping to succeed as he did.  The stock market went on a roller coaster.  Someone made a comment about all those people losing their pension plan.  But if you think about it, those voters probably don’t have a pension plan.

Donald Trump promised to lower taxes for everybody.  He promised to build a wall.  With whose money?  He believes that grabbing a woman’s “kitten” is okay if you are famous.  I don’t think he’s a complete misogynist.  He loves beautiful women.  He doesn’t put them on a high pedestal, unless you’re Ivanka, but he’s attracted to them.  He takes no responsibilities for his actions as all that he does is reasonable in his mind.  He’s sick and tired of all the political correctness of this country.  He will deport 4 million immigrants.  That’s the whole state of Oregon, Iowa, Utah, Nevada, or even Nebraska.

The stunning results of this election has left millions speechless.  I refuse to think there are that many people who would vote for such a man.  I believe it’s more of a mirage that he presents…no government.  If everyone was to fend for themselves, then we would be “better off”.  But how many deaths by gunshot would have to occur for the law to reverse back?  How many babies have to be born and left behind for the Roe vs. Wade to be appreciated?  These babies need government help to survive.  They didn’t ask to be born.  They were born because this new government took away a woman’s right to her body, even though it was violated.  The idea of populism will backfire as they elected an “elitist” into the world’s highest office positon.  He was born into the wealth.  He only knows of a lavish lifestyle.  Where will he get his understanding of the lower class struggles?  He has demonstrated racism, sexism and all that we teach our children not to be.  A wealthy human being is not an equivalent of a decent human being.  Common courtesy will be a thing of the past.

I live in the Silicon Valley, therefore, I feel like I’m in a bubble.  There were only a handful of people I know who would vote for Trump.  Most were just disgusted by him.  But now we will all have to deal with a new form of government.  For all those less unfortunate who voted for Trump, I sincerely hope he delivers to you what you think will be a better life.  For all the families that he will tear apart, my heart goes out to you.  And finally, for the rest of the world, you are now warned about the new United States.  The American version of Brexit has arrived.


Remembering 9/11

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we would like to honor all those who lost their lives to the senseless act of terrorism.  We would also like to honor all those whose lives were gravely affected as a result of these attacks.  How can we forget?  9/11 united Americans like never before.  Neighbors came together to donate and help each other, as did strangers from faraway communities. We all banded together to stand tall against those who invaded our land and took innocent lives.

15 years later, we continue to rebuild and reconstruct to be better and stronger.  We are undeterred.


The Twin Towers memorial site in NYC.  It was huge and there were 2 sites, with names of the deceased written on them.  They were beautiful.