Burning, Blinking, and Getting Better

I had no idea I'd be visiting Kyoto during my time in Shiga Prefecture, Japan last year until my Takashima City host mother gave me an itinerary sheet the day before our group was set to travel there. Our tight schedule in Kyoto that day meant visiting the most obligatory must-see places: Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari, … Continue reading Burning, Blinking, and Getting Better

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The Trauma of Everyday Life

I didn't know it at the time, but the last time I blogged (December 30, 2017) turned out to be the last day of my mother's life. She was only 52 years old. The same age my father was when he passed away a little over two years ago. Strange, huh? They say that death … Continue reading The Trauma of Everyday Life

Happy Day Before My Birthday Day!

My kids starting celebrating Day Before Your Birthday days this past December, around all my boy's birthdays, as a special holiday to celebrate the day before a person's birthday. The birthday person gets to choose what to watch on the television, what games to play, what foods to eat, and everybody has to be nice … Continue reading Happy Day Before My Birthday Day!

How to Feel on Father’s Day

Today is my second Father's Day without my dad. Please don't feel sorry about it, though. It's already a hundred thousand times better than my first Father's Day without him. It wasn't my father's lack of physical presence that made my first Father's Day without him so painful, it was the expectation from others that … Continue reading How to Feel on Father’s Day