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July 5, 2019

I wrote this and then didn't post it. Thought I'd gotten it out of my system by writing it. But given the events of the last few days I decided to put it out there ...

I am so glad the 4th of July is over. The parades are done. The booms and bangs that have terrified my...

December 24, 2018

This story starts at a cafe in Vienne, France on May 22, 2005. And what does lunch from 13 years ago have to do with Christmas 2018?  It's a long story.

I was traveling with my friends Dot and Bob Allen in France. Something I had done a number of times. During my first...

August 14, 2018

Well, I've been back in Mt. Airy and the Eastern time zone for a week now. My head doesn't know where it is and my body still doesn't know what time it is. I either sleep about 4 hours a night or between 10 and 12 hours. I have late afternoon moments when all of a sudd...

August 5, 2018

I heard this quote at my first official TUJ faculty event way back on May 25. It really resonated with me then, and now it seems the most appropriate thing to say at the end of this amazing summer ...

“In a sense, it is the coming back, the return, which gives meaning t...

August 3, 2018

If you've ever wondered why Shoko and I are such good friends, I think that our adventure last night illustrates it very well. I waited to post this because I wanted her to read it first and make sure she was "ok" with me putting this on line. She was. She even added s...

August 1, 2018

I had a lot on my agenda today ... I'm in the process of getting ready to leave Japan. Transferring me and too much stuff from Tokyo back to Philadelphia.

In order to lighten my luggage I've been sending cartons of miscellaneous things home to myself using scarves, clea...

July 29, 2018

I was wondering what I was going to do this afternoon. I had spent the morning sorting through my "stuff" and packing up some boxes to mail home. Otherwise I would need a couple extra suitcases. That isn't an option. I'm sure that even with the upgrade, the airline wou...

July 26, 2018

I've been getting questions from friends back in the states, who hear something about Japan, and wonder if it's affecting me. Like the recent flooding for example. So I thought I'd put together a map to put things in perspective.

 Tokyo is toward the eastern side of Hon...

July 24, 2018

Yesterday I ranted on Facebook about the fact that pretzels in Japan weren't really pretzels. Just pretzel shaped cookies. And a friend commented: "Exactly why everyone should travel. We need to know that things aren't always what they appear to be!"

I've been thinking...

July 21, 2018

I am starting the process of winding down … preparing for the long journey home. I know I will be here for two more weeks but classes ended Thursday and last night there was a Faculty farewell party … one of those places where they keep bringing you little plates of fo...

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Where am I now?

A selfie in my apartment

in Minato-ku, Tokyo

 

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