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Unexpectedly Thanksgiving

Unexpectedly Thanksgiving

The weight of loss upon me, and plenty of work deadlines to meet, I was not planning to celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast. My morning yoga class had a theme of kansha, appreciation, and I arranged our yoga mats in a circle like a table. Good enough. At breakfast,...
Grey days

Grey days

Literally and figuratively, these have been grey days. On the literal side, we have had more clouds than sun for the past couple of weeks, including a 50 hour non-stop rain. Enough of that, please. On the figurative side, I should have believed people who said after...
Hoshigaki

Hoshigaki

I don’t like persimmon very much when it is fresh, but I love dried persimmon. Today I helped Naomi and Hitomi prepare persimmons for drying. We started by picking them from the Hatanakas’ tree. Then we sat on the kitchen floor at Monaca to trim and peel...
Sawarabi bazaar

Sawarabi bazaar

Sawarabi is the local souvenir wholesale company; they produce Kamogawa lemon snacks, pirate-themed, seashelled chotkes for SeaWorld, and all manner of stuffed toys. Once a year, they have a bazaar to sell off samples, old stock, and random doodads. Last year, we got...