It’s all landfill-bound anyway
Sometimes special things end up in the landfill. And it’s OK. Continue reading It’s all landfill-bound anyway
Connecting with strangers
A couple of memories from my recent trip to Japan — the blazing fast bullet train and ways strangers reached out to connect with me Continue reading Connecting with strangers
Be careful what you wish for
I had wanted one of these gizmos for years but had been unable to get buy-in from my better half. Then, on Black Friday, my brother texted me: Amazon was selling the model his family has for nearly 75 percent off. Could we afford not to buy it? A few days later, the package arrived on our doorstep. My very own robot vacuum. For me, … Continue reading Be careful what you wish for
Writing prompt: the back cover
What to do when you’ve collected lots of stories but lack a clear focus? Continue reading Writing prompt: the back cover
“The Female Experience (in Japan)” — podcast
Podcaster Amy Chavez drew me out on several experiences I’ve written about for her latest podcast, “The Female Experience Teaching in Japan.” Continue reading “The Female Experience (in Japan)” — podcast
Connected by Moon and Zoom
I’m feeling thankful for the power of Zoom, which connected me for a conversation with a writer I admire … on the other side of the world. Continue reading Connected by Moon and Zoom
Is your book club a ‘hub’?
Gathering with book clubs in my hometown, I love uncovering our many connections — the people and interests we hold dear as well as the books we read. Continue reading Is your book club a ‘hub’?
What day is it?
I hadn’t planned to visit Japan this fall … But when we learned the country would open its borders to regular tourists just days before the Japan Writers Conference, my husband encouraged me to shift gears. Wouldn’t it be better to present in person, rather than over Zoom? Yeah. A couple of weeks later, I stepped off an airplane in Tokyo. It had been fifteen … Continue reading What day is it?
Japanese gift reveal
A couple of weeks ago, a friend I hadn’t seen in years told me she had something I might like. All I needed to do was say yes and pick it up … Continue reading Japanese gift reveal
Plot twist — off to Japan!
Japan wasn’t on my bingo card for 2022, but a writer’s conference, a new immigration policy and an encouraging husband say otherwise. Off I go! Continue reading Plot twist — off to Japan!