Samurai Yenta

Award-Winning Journalist, Author, Poet & Inspirational Writer

Francesca Biller

Francesca Biller
San Francisco, California, United States
February 02
Author, Award-Winning Journalist, Poet, Short Stories, Humor and Art Culture
Award Winning Investigative Journalist, Edward R. Murrow recipient, Author, Essayist, Humorist, Poet ____________________________________ Art & Culture, Politics, Multicultural Issues & Identity, Philosophy of Parenting, Humor & Happiness, Inspiration, Female Empowerment, Food & Family, Japanese, Hapa & Multiracial History, Poetry _____________________________________ Published: The Japanese American National Museum, The Huffington Post, My Jewish Learning, The Chicago Sun Times,, Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, Be'schol Lashon,, Empowering, Lakeview House International Journal- Poetry, The Jewish News Weekly ofSan Francisco, USA on, Discover, Senses Magazine,, The Syndicated News,, and others _____________________________________ Current & Latest: Speaker at "Mixed-Remixed Festival" for Discussion: "Global v. Universal: Otherness & Writing the Female Writer of Color" held at Japanese American National Museum __________________________________ "Samurai Yenta" a Blog about Japanese & Jewish Culture, food and humor for My Jewish ___________________________________ Books to be published book for Ithaca Press, a compilation of authobiographically-based inspirational-themed essays and stories, and a collection of Poetry _____________________________________ Essays published in a series of Textbooks about multiculturalism called "Multiculturalism in America: Opposing Viewpoints." I am writing a book of poetry, as well as a compilation of short stories and essays ______________________________________ Radio & T.V. includes appearances on syndicated national talk radio programs, including for CBS Radio and others wherein I have discussed politics, parenting, anti-aging/health as well as comedy appearances about pop culture. _____________________________________ Journalism Awards: The Edward R. Murrow Award, 2 Golden Mike awards, 4 Society of Professional Journalists First awards and The Los Angeles Press Club. Awards were granted for Excellence in Reporting for both print and broadcast reporting. ______________________________________ Blogs & Sites : Open I've Got Issues ---  The Elephant Journal The Huffington Post Samurai Yenta ____________________________________ Social Media Website: Twitter @francescabiller  Facebook @francesca biller Facebook Writer/Fan Page - @francescabiller-humorist-writer-author

Ella Ftzgerald


Wonderful women have a way of making you feel at home . . . even when you are not.

They have an easy way of both "talking and being" that inspires you to be your better self, in spite of every excuse you have ever heard, and what's more .… Read full post »

Maya Angelou 1

As a young girl who only felt the comforts of solace and strength while writing, the words of Maya Angelou gave me the courage not only to write, but to write from a place that was forbidden and somehow shamed in real life.

Surviving in real life meant that I… Read full post »


On sweet and endless long summer afternoons, my father, who is an artist, used to carry large canvases into our hot and sandy living room by the sea.

Stumbling over childhood board games and forgotten toys, he magically turned our living space into a larger-than-life art studio, wh/… Read full post »


To be a writer is to suffer, to love madly and deeply, to cry when one wants really to laugh, and to laugh wildly when one feels sorrow.

And to write is to ponder longingly and endlessly, and often foolishly about why others don't understand why everything "is at onceRead full post »


Whether you are a beautiful budding woman of 11, a gorgeous Grande Dame at 111, or somewhere wonderfully and precariously in between like moi, being a woman is always interesting and even fabulously adventurous at times.

When I was 10, I was excited about everything that life had toRead full post »

MARCH 31, 2014 11:01PM

My Fear of Naked Yoga People


Naked Hippe Couple 


I suppose that it may stem all the way back to my winsomely strange childhood, when I first witnessed a man and woman enjoying naked yoga in my neighbor’s lofty tree-hooded backyard.  

I believe this was the first time I had ever seen a penis or aRead full post »




I cannot remember a time as a young girl when I was not in love with Shirley Temple.

One of my earliest memories is of me wearing a short, silk chiffon dress and tap dancing high upon a tabletop, pretending it was a shiny white piano of course, as I sang… Read full post »


My first memory as a nubile young girl includes long hours spent reading and sifting through books in my father's crowded library by the sea. Hot and gently bent summer afternoons, bleak wintry mornings and endless tall weekends amongst dusty classic and rare books forged my longing for living… Read full post »


As a kid, I thought that everyone celebrated Christmas the way our Buddhist Jewish family did.


You know, trying to find a beautiful tree at “half off, get one free” that we decorated with origami cranes and Stars of David’s made out of leftover matzoh.

Oy Vehish!  … Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 10:16PM

My Japanese Jewish Girl Fears


As a Japanese-Jewish American girl, I have suffered. 

It's not just that both of my tribes were placed in camps because they were simply born, or perhaps hated for being smart, bold, different, and even oddly wonderful.

As a Jew, I am reminded continually that I am lucky to be… Read full post »


Maybe you aren't as weird and strange as you think, but if you are, this could be a great thing.


Because the strangest people in the world invent things, they think outside of boxes that haven't yet been made, and often, they help us all to feel less strange asRead full post »

It has been rumored that Paul McCartney once wrote her a love letter, but she returned it.

When she announced she might go Vegan, more than a thousand cows came to her home late at night to personally thank her.

When men whistle at her as she walks… Read full post »

There was a time not too long ago when I thought I had lost everything, including myself.

This was a period of darkness I had never known.

When I caught a glimpse of my own image in the mirror, I did not recognize myself. I had lost my enthusiasm for being,/… Read full post »


"How can you stand to watch so much horrible news all of the time?" my pre-teen asks me.


"And they are usually wrong anyway," she says, as she walks out of the room rolling her eyes.


Out of the mouths of babes, I think. 


But I… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2013 9:23PM

How Buddhism Saved my Life


As a young child, I did not realize how fortunate I was to have a Buddhist mother. 

I simply assumed that all children grew up with the gifts of wisdom, sound solace and a tangible sense of calm.

But after I flew the safe nest and breast of my mother,… Read full post »


It’s another crisp fall afternoon with owl-shaped orange and crimson leaves falling, falling in front of her dust-free window.

The silence is darkly deafening and her heart screams. She shakes her smallish head and pounds her rickety fists into the air, but not on purpose.

Sue is jo… Read full post »


1. Not all Men are Bad


Yes, there are a few bad apples in every bunch . . . but most men are not only not bad  but even quite wonderful if you give them half or even a quarter of a chance.

If you have female friends or family who… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 25, 2013 3:17PM

How Laughter can Save Your Life


The ever-ironic and witty Mark Twain once said, "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. The moment it arises, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place."

Little did he know how wise and truly… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2013 1:04AM

Bee in the Bonnet of a Female Journalist

I am not by nature or nurture an angry woman, but sometimes I get a Bee in my Bonnet and simply need to allow my well-heeled anger to buzz as much as any reeling, radical and righteously raving man.

But this is one rare time when my feminine flourishing must leave me.Read full post »


Like Obama, I too was born in Hawaii and even attended a high school not far from his alma mater.


It is likely I also shared the same rickety bus he did called The Express, which used to rattle its way through the different 1970's multicultural neighborhoods of humid/… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2013 8:26PM

When Fathers Were Allowed to be Men


Rodney Dangerfield once lamented, "I was so ugly, my father carried around a picture of the kid who came with his wallet."

My dad too carried with him a lot of acerbic wit, and often we couldn't tell if he was serious or not.

I will never forget the feeling… Read full post »


There is nothing scarier for a racist than the prospect of a smart black man.


Someone has to say it.


While the Obama camp has been publicly conscious that the President might "ever" appear as the angry black male, with all of the ugly parables and historical conclusions/… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2013 9:26PM

"Shut Up" is my First Name


Until I was about four, I thought my first name was Shutup.

No kidding, and what's worse . . .  I learned to like it.

I'll never forget the sound of kids laughing at me at a Los Angeles playground when I told them that Shutup was my name.

And this… Read full post »


There was a time not too long ago when I thought I had lost everything, including myself.


This was a period of darkness I had never known.

When I caught a glimpse of my own image in the mirror, I did not recognize myself as I had lost my… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2013 7:34PM

Childless People are Worthy Humans Too


Comedian Rita Rudner once said, “My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We just can’t decide whether to ruin the carpet or ruin our lives."

Ruining one’s life and a child’s life can both easily be said and done, given the fac/… Read full post »