Almost Bedtime

The children are asleep. The house is temporarily quiet. All day the back of my mind has been thinking up dreams for the page. I look at the clock. I listen to my body. Frowning, I slip into bed. Tomorrow is an early day. I close my eyes only to visit the world that longs … More Almost Bedtime

The Flip Side

I’ve lived in Japan for almost 15 years. I have seen a lot of amazing acts of kindness, and been the beneficiary of such. I have also seen such staggering lacks of common curtesy that it has boggled my mind. At times I have likely been guilty of focusing on negative acts. Today will be … More The Flip Side

Thanks, Dad

Yesterday was Father’s Day. I suppose you could say I celebrated the day. Really, it was a normal Sunday for us, which meant spending most of the day with my family. All though, when we did go out to eat I did use Father’s Day as an excuse to order something I ordinarily wouldn’t. The … More Thanks, Dad

Reading Together

My little guy likes reading books. Or at least he goes into phases where he wants to read books. Tonight we sat down together and read eleven together. Of course, he’s four so the books aren’t all that long. Still, it is pretty neat to see how quickly he changes and how his understanding increases. … More Reading Together

“What did I…”

The fire in her head blossomed and burned. The force of the fire shoved her back, deep inside. A small cave sheltered herbthere as a storm based just outside. Lightning tumbled. Shadows danced. The fury of the storm shook her. Her body protested at the pressure in the very air. She wanted to scream, but … More “What did I…”