Wednesday afternoon around 5:00 I was sitting in my apartment attempting to get some writing in before needing to go pick up my children from daycare. The only problem was the noise coming from outside. What felt like every few minutes a new blast of loudspeakers playing that style of almost classical music that any … More Another Wednesday Night in Japan
I’ve fallen off the radar for a while. Blame it all on the busy summer. And the growing bundle of love that is my daughter. And the other love that is my son. Oh, and work. And that other work. Basically, I have a lot of excuses. Some legit. Some less so. But I want … More Enough Silence!
I tend to avoid posting along the same themes two days in a row. And with yesterday’s piece also being a critique on modern Japan, I really did not intend to do so again today. But sometimes life has different plans and yesterday provided an incident that I need to release through the written word. … More Even in Japan…
I feel like I’ve talked about this before. I’m almost sure I have. But it is such an ordinary aspect of daily life. So, here we go. One of the aspects about my life in Japan that I value, is that I can maneuver the city without needing a car. Sure, I’ve been lucky in … More Priority in Japan
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
Way back in 2010 the first generation of iPads came out. I knew immediately I would be purchasing it. I didn’t have a smartphone at that time, but a full color tablet appealed to me. I’ve always been a comic reader. Strangely, one of the hardest parts of adjusting to life in Japan was no … More Reading Paper
I’ve had this stuffed animal since 1990. I’m sure of that because it is a little mogwai that I got when Gremlins 2 came out. Memory says that I saved up my allowance to get it, but who knows. This little stuffed animal has been with me through many stages of life. It came with … More Like Son Like Father
Since the start of the year I started the sci-fi novel series The Expanse. After three books in a row, despite enjoying the novels, I did need a break from space. I went to the internet and found quite a bit of buzz about a new novel that instead of being rooted in A European … More Grumpy Bird Reviews: The Poppy War
Today our son turned four. Hard to believe that he is both so big and so little at the same time. Before picking him up from daycare we tried to spruce the apartment up a little bit with some decorations he’d like. The Mrs picked out all the supplies, but setting them up was a … More Happy Birthday Little Dude
A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Dana Hall about living in Japan. Dana was incredibly easy to talk to and asked some great questions. The article was posted over the weekend and I am so pleased with the result. I tend to ramble, which longtime readers likely know, but she managed to choose … More I was Interviewed!