Welcome to Hedgehogs and Hope

Hello! A warm welcome to Mi Ae Story, a memoir blog more than 50 years in the making. My name is Mi Ae Lipe, and I was born in South Korea, adopted by brilliant American parents as an infant, and raised to be a childhood art prodigy in the San Francisco Bay Area. That’s where […] Continue Reading

Hello! A warm welcome to Mi Ae Story, a memoir blog more than 50 years in the making.

My name is Mi Ae Lipe, and I was born in South Korea, adopted by brilliant American parents as an infant, and raised to be a childhood art prodigy in the San Francisco Bay Area. That’s where my story begins, and what a strange, traumatic, and wondrous story it is—a testament to the human experience in all its cruelty, resilience, and hope.

Why am I creating this memoir? First, I’d like to write it down before I forget too many more details. Second, it’s a journey for me as much as for you—I have no idea where it’ll end up, but I do know its travels will be quite remarkable.

And third, although my story is uniquely my own, the experiences of my family are all ours to know. Chances are you’ll recognize many bits of what I relate and explore. In sharing my story, I hope that it offers glimpses into what it means to not just survive but to emerge with grace and compassion, scars and all, and that we are not alone in our reluctant reconciliations with family and ourselves.

Greater Kudu By Mi Ae Lipe

Finally, this blog’s not all heavy stuff. Although much of it will be my memoirs of childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, it’s also a place to share lots of fun things—my poems, artwork, observations about the odd and esoteric, random thoughts on modern life, and morsels of pure silliness.

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  • Some posts will tackle difficult subjects, like abuse, violence, and mental illness. Such posts will have a content warning at the top.
  • If you want to suggest a topic for a post, please contact me. I’d really love to hear from you.

Thank you for coming on this journey—I’m so glad to have you along.

Mi Ae

PS: In case you’re wondering where the title of this memoir comes from, hedgehogs were common in my childhood drawings, one of many in a cast of critters ranging from frogs to shrews. As for hope—well, who couldn’t use that these days? Including hedgehogs…

Mi Ae'S Sketch Of Hedgehogs

Photo credits
Feature photo: Anna Crowley Photography
Greater Kudu, by Mi Ae Lipe
Hedgehogs, by Mi Ae Lipe

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Mi Ae Lipe

My name is Mi Ae Lipe. Although this blog is mostly about my memoirs of childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, it also contains fun stuff—poems, art, pictures, observations about the odd and esoteric, random thoughts on modern life, and bits of pure silliness.

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Occasionally this blog covers experiences of abuse, trauma, violence, mental health issues, and other sensitive material. Such posts will be marked with the tag(s) “CW” or “TW” for content or trigger warning.

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    Looking forwards to reading more. I can use some extra hope right now and it will be interesting reading about your thoughts and remembering growing up.

    • Mi Ae Lipe

      Thank you, Alex. Little did you know when you colored in the pages from my coloring books all those years ago that you’d ever be reading a blog by the artist someday?? I really look forward to hearing your thoughts, as well as any suggestions for topics you may have.

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    Thank you MieAe, through your real-life stories and experiences, you’ll surely inspire and motivate others who are going through tough times, especially with the Covid crisis.
    I’ve always known you being big-hearted, lovely, sweet and with a bit of 🤪
    Looking forward to reading you 🤗

    Your favorite French girl

    • Mi Ae Lipe

      Bonjour, Christelle, ravi de vous entendre et merci pour vos aimables compliments! Je serai curieux d’entendre vos pensées en tant que lecteur …