The photographs of my life huddle together in the darkness, secure in a bedroom cabinet. They now lead quiet lives, disturbed only occasionally. They once brought only pleasure to me and upon inspection, wonder. Now going through them brings a quotient of sadness too. The scale began to tip about 10 or 15 years ago. … Continue reading The Quiet Lives of Old Photographs
If there was a competition for the world's cleanest country, I have no doubt that the Japanese would win it hands down, or clothes off. We just visited the venerable Kinosaki Onsen about a two hour train ride from Kyoto on the West Coast. We traveled with two of our grandchildren, uncertain whether or not … Continue reading Cleanliness Redefined
I thought it would be interesting to get a different take on Japan than mine from my 12 year old granddaughter. When she agreed to blog, I thought she was just being accomodating, but sure enough, she wrote as a guest blogger. My Obsession With 7-Eleven By Lulu Marsetti, Age 12 My name is Lulu … Continue reading My ( Granddaughter’s )Obsession with 7-Eleven!
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer There are so many kinds of friends we make in a lifetime. Many come and go … Continue reading A Blissful Visit with a Good Friend
If you ever need an excuse for overindulgence, just bring along some children for whom the word excess holds no meaning. So, the day began yesterday with our family gathering for breakfast at a small restaurant we'd discovered a few years ago. It's an Hawaiian import, specializing in taking a humble pancake and pushing it … Continue reading A Half Day in the Life (cont’d)