When asked about my hometown, three come to mind: one on the Minnesota-North Dakota border, where I grew up; one in Washington state, where I spent nearly 16 years; and one in Yamaguchi-ken—where at age sixteen I spent a summer with the Maeda family. They welcomed me like a third daughter and introduced me to an on-again, off-again Japanese life.
I wrote about part of that Japan life in The Same Moon (Camphor Press, 2020), my memoir of abandoning the wreckage of my young adulthood in Minnesota and learning that sometimes you have to run far, far away to find your way home.
My stories and essays have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Japan Times, the Star Tribune, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Memoir Journal, the Font: A Literary Journal for Language Teachers and elsewhere. I have worked as a reporter, science writer, college English teacher, communications consultant, school public relations manager and yoga instructor.
Now I live … and try to remember to breathe deeply … with my family in Minnesota.