Select publications

Although currently my work has me writing about education, my more literary writing has focused on experiences with the Japanese culture. Below are five essays related to Japan … and one about being part of a dinosaur dig.

Summer FlingThe Light, Fall 2014 (pp. 16-17)
Sometimes a small leap of faith can reorient an entire life.

Love on the LineMemoir Journal, Issue 12, 2013
This is a story of how love finds us again and again — and often not in the places, people or ways we expect.

Zithering AwayCha: An Asian Literary Journal, Issue 18, September 2012
They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and I would add that loneliness does too. It leads some of us to play music … and join unlikely communities.

Snow Angels, The Font: A Literary Journal for Language Teachers, September 2013
This essay on visiting Japanese elementary schools is part of my book-length memoir about two years I spent in rural Japan.

Digging Up BonesSouth Dakota Review, 2003
I never imagined how a dinosaur could touch me until I joined a group of bone hunters on a South Dakota hillside.

A Quiet Drama in Japanese SkiesThe Christian Science Monitor, February 15, 1996
I thought fireflies were fireflies … until I encountered them in Yamaguchi, Japan.

2 thoughts on “Select publications

  1. I just read “Love on the Line” and absolutely loved it. It’s a wonderfully crafted essay–poetic, but not in a way that detracts from the momentum of the story. It has all the relatability of Elizabeth Gilbert but an extra dose of something…sacred, I think.

    I chose to read this piece first because I thought I might identify most with it. Instead of Japan and India, my countries were France and Morocco, but I was with you, breathless, all the way through. Thank you so much for sharing the PDF on your website! I’ll be returning for more. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sharon, for taking the time to read my essay and for your kind comments! I just read your Salon piece and first chapter. Well done! Looking forward to more from you …

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