I wonder whether the objects we surround ourselves with can have unexpected impacts on our lives. Continue reading A familiar face
Data show that Japanese working women have made gains since I lived in Japan, but progress is a complex animal. Continue reading In Japan, working women are on the rise … sort of
As much as I loved living in Japan, it challenged my notions of gender equality. A recent talk I attended offered some fresh insights … Continue reading “Is Japan still like that?”
When I started using a special item in my day-to-day life, I was surprised at the memories and joy it brought. Continue reading A tea bowl of memories
My July book tour took me back to the place and supportive people who gave me my start. Continue reading Book tour: A time to reflect
Memorial Day causes me to reflect on the stories I heard about WWII while living in Japan. Continue reading Memorial Day
Somedays I wonder why I didn’t take up a reasonable instrument, a compact instrument. And then I remember the wonders of the koto. Continue reading The koto question
Now that the final edits have been submitted to my publisher … I’m excited to announce that my memoir, The Same Moon, is scheduled to be published in 2019! It’s the story of a young woman from Minnesota who tries to put her life on hold by running off to Japan for a couple of years. (As you might imagine, it didn’t exactly work.) Sometimes … Continue reading The Same Moon — coming in 2019!