June 1, 2018

I did something today that I've never done in Japan before.
I went to see an eye doctor. Tuesday night my left eyelid was sensitive. By Wednesday morning it was very sore, bright red and swollen. I kept warm compresses on it throughout the day but by Wednesday night it...

May 30, 2018

It's easy to have a Coca Cola® in Japan. According to www.japantrends.com, there are approximately 980,000 Coca-Cola system vending machines in Japan --- the No. 1 share of soft drink vending machines in Japan --- about 20% of the market. And as I found out recently th...

May 27, 2018

Last week was busy --- lots of prep work for my courses … when the technology would let me that is. As I said before … Life, wherever you go there it is. Well, with technology it seems like wherever you go, there it isn’t. Doesn’t matter where you go, technology is fru...

May 23, 2018

You know it had to happen ... into week 2 here with a few complaints. Mostly from different body parts.

My head is saying, "Oh my. I'm so tired." Last night was the first night I slept almost all the way through the night, well, until 4:15 AM anyway. I'm still adjustin...

May 20, 2018

Yesterday I left Shoko's house to move to the apartment Temple is providing for me near the campus. Much to my surprise, it wasn't the small one bedroom apartment I stayed in when I taught here 10 years ago, but a TWO bedroom apartment in the same building. It's odd, i...

May 16, 2018

I'm at "home" alone. Wondering what day it is. It feels like I've been gone a week already. And so I sit here in my haze of jetlag, pondering "life" ... I've said many times, it doesn't matter what color your skin is, what language you speak, or what food you eat ... e...

May 13, 2018

Today is a weird day …

It's totally dreary ... cool and rainy.

I figure a picture of my the bleeding hearts in my garden is appropriate for the day.

That's how I feel.

It's just after noon.

I’ve got my boarding pass printed.

I’m essentially packed except for all those last...

May 11, 2018

OMG .. I am about to leave for Japan ... not just for a few weeks to visit and travel, but for nearly three months, ... yes THREE months. I'll be teaching two courses at TUJ (Temple University Japan) this summer and have a few weeks tacked on before and after the summe...

November 10, 2016

At one point last night, I thought I was having a heart attack. My chest hurt so much I could hardly breath. I found myself lying in bed thinking that this election repudiated American values ... Americans have elected a man who makes racism, bigotry, fear of immigrant...

October 16, 2016

It's been a while since I've writen anything here... the semester started in late August and has been a challenging due to "upgraded" technology ...  I've written about the big technology lie already.  And for the most part I have purposely avoided adding anything to t...

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A selfie in my apartment

in Minato-ku, Tokyo



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