What’s it about? Here’s the briefest of descriptions:
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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Summer Fling, The Light, Fall 2014 (pp. 16-17)
Sometimes a small leap of faith can reorient an entire life.
Love on the Line, Memoir 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 Away, Cha: 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 Bones, South 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 Skies, The Christian Science Monitor, February 15, 1996
I thought fireflies were fireflies … until I encountered them in Yamaguchi, Japan.