These Things Have a Way of Working Themselves Out

Last night my husband and I drifted off to sleep talking about where we might live next. We have two more years here before we move and since our oldest will be in high school by then it feels like there’s a lot more to figure out. But, in all honesty, this has...

Not Lost At All

Last year, in the space of 9 months, we lost my step-dad and both of my maternal grandparents. They were all people who’s influence in my life cannot be overstated. You know those people who say or do something and you go back to it forever? The people whose words you...

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy, happy New Year my dear friends! I can’t quite figure out if I should spend some time here writing about the insanity of 2016 or if I should just ignore it and get on with the show. I mean, in all honestly, what does that horribly bizarre and traumatic year have...

Back to Work and Out from Under These Boxes!

Today, with the clouds overhead and the slow drizzle that is another typhoon-season rainy day in Tokyo – I begin to crawl out from under the pile of boxes that has been my life since mid-June. I’m thanking my lucky stars! Whew! This transition summer has been the most...

Traditions and Rituals for Smoother Transitions

I recently came across a letter I wrote to myself in January 2000. It’s sealed. I haven’t opened it and I’m not sure when I will. The idea of writing letters to myself has long had this sort of mysterious appeal to me. I think it lies in the idea that there’s a gift...

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