Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sometimes I just want to stand on grass

The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Japan was the precarious balance between nature and civilization. Japan is a mountainous country and as a result there are these things I’ve heard referred to as concrete walls. Roads are … Continue reading

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Maps, Dots, and other Remarkable Things

Well, I missed my Thursday post. Not a good thing but since I was so sick I don’t remember the day I will let it pass. It can be very scary going to any large city but even more so … Continue reading

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Representative Sample

(Please forgive me. This post has been in the works for a long time. I have to share.) Today was different. Many previous days I have found that going to work brought a feeling of joy and happiness. But today … Continue reading

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Vending machines and Drive-bys

It was quite like a drive-by, minus guns and screaming. It was a dark night, cold and rainy. The light from the vending machines illuminated a small stretch of road. A vehicle crept up slowly and stopped behind me as … Continue reading

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Bold Edges Blur Civilization

The City. What I’ve noticed most about living in the city is how hard everything is. There are so many sharp edges, and nature is bordered, contained, manipulated, within sharp boundaries. Even the frog bouncing from bushy cover to watery … Continue reading

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Chasing the American Dream – Abroad

The myth. The legend. The Reality. Forever can the debates go. University classrooms filled to capacity with yawning, disinterested post-adolescents. Boys and girls, women and men, males and females, pick your politically correct terminology. It doesn’t matter because each and … Continue reading

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Trees and roots among other things

So here I am.  I am here and you are there.  Thousands of miles and tons of earth separate our physical bodies.  Yet, in the evenings we look up at the glittering sky and see the same stars.  One of … Continue reading

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