oh! oy? christmas

I never feel ready for it. I am often baffled by it. I am uncomfortable with certain aspects of it. I am also fascinated by it. It? Christmas. In Key West this year, Christmas manifests itself with over the top displays of lights, displayed on the unquestioned assumption that more is better, particularly if it's … Continue reading oh! oy? christmas

It’s Almost Like Being in Love

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

In Search of Beauty

I awakened in Japan this morning to learn of the terrorist outrage in lower Manhattan.  It's not the news any of us want to see wherever we are.  We live in times that can easily be called disheartening.  I have felt the encroaching darkness  for several months for reasons that don't require illumination. Anyone with … Continue reading In Search of Beauty

Back in Business

There is something about coming back to Japan that resets my clock. Backwards. In a good way. Each time I arrive here I have the same feeling I'd get as a child when I'd go to NYC. On high alert,  senses stimulated, fatigue banished. I quickly transform from a place of "been there, done that" … Continue reading Back in Business

The Foodie’s Heaven

Almost from the moment we set foot in Kyoto, my foodie husband is scouting for new restaurants in our neighborhood that have opened in our absence.  As hyped as I am to be sure to see the most intriguing gardens, sublime temples, cool museums and Japanese design shops, he's on the edge of his seat … Continue reading The Foodie’s Heaven