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Househunting in Japan: 2000 vs 2021

This blog started in July 2000, and at that time we were looking for a new place to live in Tokyo. One of my earliest posts was about househunting. As I launch this new, casual and sporadic podcast, I am once again househunting in Japan. Have a listen. If you use...
Transformations with Jayne

Transformations with Jayne

You know how hearing your own voice recorded is just so strange? Listening to my interview on Transformations with Jayne is like listening to my sister and niece. We have the same voice! Which makes hearing that voice both weird and easier. Jayne and I talked about...
Observe 2021

Observe 2021

Although I embarked on my theme word selection in November, when I was planning and teaching the first of three sessions of “One Little Word” for Drawing Meditations, it took me until today to finally decide that this year’s word is OBSERVE....
In memory of Gord

In memory of Gord

Yesterday afternoon, two hunting dogs invaded our space and chased the cats. Fritter and Maura got away, but the beasts caught Gord and killed him. I am furious, sad, and in shock even now. As our neighbor and the police searched for the marauding dogs, we buried Gord...

25 Words

Dystopia from our safe haven. Pandemic realigned me with art, teaching, and daily yoga practice via Zoom. Deeply mourned Futatsuyama, Isabella Bird, and Foreground Cat. 2019: All shall be well but I’m overwhelmed with love and loss. Mom’s with my ghostly siblings and...
Temporarily Closed

Temporarily Closed

I am feeling unsettled. I have been getting lax with precautions and it’s time to tighten back down. On Christmas day, Tod & I drove north to suburbia and enjoyed lunch in a shopping mall. We wanted a change of scenery and to mark the holiday, but in the...
One year, four ways, forty eight photos

One year, four ways, forty eight photos

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this post is over 48,000 words. A novella. I’ve collected one photo per month of 2020 in four categories. I tried to do a collage of cats, but it was too emotionally painful to look at all the photos and I stopped. ...
Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

Maura presides over the decor This year, I was able to release all expectations for Christmas. I bought gifts from my family and friends’ small businesses, baked some cookies to share with neighbors, decorated my office for Zoom calls, listened to Christmas...