My Valentine’s Day

As I write this I am riding a train back home. I spent the day teaching at a girls-only elementary school here in Japan. Through out the day I overheard snippets of conversation about who is making chocolate and who isn’t. For this school the vibe surrounding chocolates is more friendly than flirty. I’m sure … More My Valentine’s Day

Turning 85

This morning I was thinking about my mom and one of the many favors I’m likely to ask her. She’s smart and helpful. I’m lucky like that. Turns out that she was also thinking of me. She sent me a few pictures that made me smile. The first four might make their own blog post … More Turning 85

Planning Fun

I get to wear many hats. Some of the most important ones are when I get to devote myself to being husband and father. Those never really come off. But for work the hard slide around. I suppose my main one is as a teacher. The one I’d like to wear more often is that … More Planning Fun

Broken Modem

Turns out our modem stopped working the evening I returned from camp. That meant spending far too long on the phone getting NTT to send us a new one. I’m taking that as a sign to keep today light. Grumble grumble.

Snow Camp (2)

The second day of our second session. Combine this with the three days of training and we get less than two weeks. But in that short time I can feel myself growing closer to the new staff and seeing all the wonderful aspects that make me so happy when I see returning staff. There is … More Snow Camp (2)

Snow Camp (1)

Just a mini update. Trying to get this in under the wire. Being from the American south, there is so much about snow that astonished me. On December 26th, our first session, there was so little snow on the ground that we were worried about safe skiing. Now, everything is blanketed in powder. Overnight cars … More Snow Camp (1)

2019 Resolutions

I’m sitting in front of my computer early in the morning. It is January 1st. One room over my wife and child are still asleep. I wonder how long I’m going to have to write and hope I can get this finished before they wake up. 2018 is over and done with. I’m kind of … More 2019 Resolutions

Daycare Dilemma

(Let’s go ahead and get it out of the way. The main point of this post is that I basically need to gain an additional $37 dollars a month at my Patreon site to get both my current and future kid into daycare here in Shinjuku. I totally understand if this makes you want to … More Daycare Dilemma