My birthday is tomorrow. My birthday is tomorrow. My birthday is tomorrow. Part of me experiences the childlike excitement that phrase elicits. Part of me says this is no time for self congratulation or celebration if you're living in Santa Barbara. Too much has been lost by too many. Anyhow, I can't bring myself to … Continue reading But I do Love Birthday Cake!
A favorite activity for many of us this time of the year, is to review photographs of the past year. It always amazes me that many of "the year in pictures" photos I see have almost been forgotten in the course of a year. We live in such a fast-paced popular culture! What we thought … Continue reading Some Things Do Endure
When I'm in Japan, people seem nicer, the landscape more beautiful, the mundane more interesting. The giggling groups of young women enjoying each other's company help me to appreciate how fleeting youth is. The laughs I share with new friends are more frequent. The reds are redder, the golds more golden. Respect for and tolerance … Continue reading It’s Almost Like Being in Love
The Situation By the 7th week since my last haircut, I am badly in need of one. It only gets worse as the days go on. What to do when you're in a foreign country? I've had a few hair cutting experiences abroad that weren't bad, but they weren't great either. With short hair I … Continue reading I Get By with a Little Help from My Friend
Several years ago I joined a tour group to see a part of Japan that's relatively hard to get to as a foreigner. I'd requested a single room when I traveled because I'd learned from taking other tours I needed "time off" from the rest of the group when the day was done. At … Continue reading RIP, My Friend Betsy