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Living in Kyoto

for JoAnne

By August 10, 20222 Comments

for JoAnne


The orange dragonfly darts back and forth across the width of our backyard pool


Its’ orangeness accentuated by the cool blue turquoise of the pool water.


Is she somehow aware of the dangers beneath her if she stops or slows down the speed of her wings?


I sit motionless at the edge of the pool

Watching.  Witnessing.


On a more cosmic level


On another coast of this same continent my beloved cousin is being laid to rest


Her dazzling smile just a memory


For those of us mourning her loss.

Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.


  • Judith Wallner says:

    She was a very sweet person who didn’t know me but still gave an extended hand and invited Dianne and me to stay at her Palm Desert Home. Needless to say we had a marvelous time. She’ll leave a warm memory in everyone’s heart…including mine.

  • We’ll miss her.

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