August 21, 2016

The familiar smell of the pickling mix, ... the "ping" as the ball lids pulled down to vacuum seal. It takes me back to the kitchen I grew up in -- a large room, about 16' by 24' with a large table in the middle of it. A table that now serves as my dining table. We did...

August 7, 2016

I am a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church near my home. In the summer they frequently ask members of the congregation to lead a service when the ministers are off at conferences or taking a much needed break. Much to my surprise they asked me to speak this sum...

July 27, 2016

No, this is not about politics. This is about technology. I have said many times I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I love the fact that it connects me to friends all over the world and lets me at least be an observer, if not a participant, in their lives...

July 8, 2016

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...

July 1, 2016

Time, ... an interesting concept. Sometimes the way in which we measure seems rather arbitrary. I mean, the government tells us that between March and late October it's different than from November to March. When you travel you need to shift your perspective on time. A...

June 30, 2016

I've been reflecting on the "Zoomed In" focus I talked about in a blog from Japan. I think we get so close to and so focused on what we are doing, and how we think it should be done, that we don't see the alternate solutions. We, or should I say "I", lose sight of othe...

May 25, 2016

So I'm back in the US of A. What can I say? It was a long trip home. Couldn't get to sleep on the plane despite the luxury of having three seats all to myself.  At least the return flight is significantly shorter --- listed at 12 hours 30 minutes compared to 15 hours f...

May 21, 2016

I have no idea where this is going to go today. Maybe my camera has lost it:s zoom function, but my brain and my emotions are zooming all over the place. And for you grammarians ... I:m using a Japanese keyboard to type this so, substitute : for an apostrophe, and * fo...

May 20, 2016

I love my camera. A couple years ago I bought this wonderful zoom lens (18 to 250). Very practical for traveling about where I want to take both landscape shots and close ups. Well ... yesterday ... something locked up in the lens. Now ... it is constantly zoomed in. I...

May 18, 2016

I never sleep well the night before a morning airline flight. Especially when it involves at least a 2 hour trip by multiple trains to get to the airport. Couple that with the fact that in all the years I've been coming to and traveling around Japan, this is the first...

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Where am I now?

A selfie in my apartment

in Minato-ku, Tokyo

 

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