We are continuing our Music Makers Series to introduce you to the people bringing to life our Brass Ensemble program at OCSA, which begins in just a couple weeks.  Please meet advisor Jake Vogel, in his own words: Your name: Jacob Vogel Your title: Advisor Your instrument(s): French Horn What is your...

My dear friend, Esther Kim, passed away 9 days ago, on the night of December 22.  Esther was diagnosed with metastatic kidney cancer a mere 20 days before.  The cancer was stealthy and fierce.We held Esther’s funeral yesterday at Newsong, our church, and the same...

Jeffrey de Seriere was Dragon's symphonic band instructor.  When OCSA dedicated this year's Fall Concert to Justin and Dragon, Jeffrey opened with a few words about Dragon.  Jeffrey then conducted a combined Symphonic Band / Wind Ensemble playing "As Summer Was Just Beginning."  This song,...

  In October, I found an essay on Dragon’s computer that I had never seen before.  Titled, “Community Service Project”, it’s an essay that I believe Dragon wrote for his Tae Kwon Do master at school, where Dragon was working towards his third degree black belt. ...

I’m humbled by the generosity of all of you that have donated to the Dragon Kim Foundation.  Yesterday, a neighbor of ours from down the street, someone that frankly we don’t know very well, came by with a hug, an offer to bring us Thanksgiving...

Justin wanted to run the Color Run when it came to town.  He never had the chance to do that.  So his friends got together today at the Color Run in memory of Justin.  Thus was born Team Stargazers. Justin and Dragon were watching over us...

On Saturday, November 14, we passed the three month mark of that terrible day in August.  Three months.  On the one hand, it’s gone by so quickly.  How can it already be three months?  On the other hand, the days are so slow.  Each hour...

Yesterday was Dragon’s birthday.  He would have been 15. Dragon loved celebrating his birthday.  I asked him once, “What’s the best part about your birthday?”  to which he answered, “Feeling special.”  I wish I had done more in the past to celebrate his birthday – bacon...