Book and essays

Book cover -- The Same Moon
The Same Moon: a memoir

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Seeking solitude, a young American divorcee runs off to rural Japan … where she finds a controversial romance, cross-cultural challenges and new purpose for her life.

Sometimes you have to run far, far away to find your way home.

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The Tootsie Pop War, by Eugene Carroll, as told to Sarah Coomber
Eugene and I collaborated on this Vietnam War-era story as part of the “Tell Your Story” offering I provided to a local school auction.

Summer FlingThe Light (the alumni magazine of Youth For Understanding intercultural exchange program)
Sometimes a small leap of faith can reorient an entire life.

Love on the LineMemoir Journal, Issue 12
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
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
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
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
I thought fireflies were fireflies … until I encountered them in Yamaguchi, Japan.

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