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Reverse Culture Shock: The Epic Journey

Taking the bus out of Hita for the last time filled me with a mixture of emotions that I didn’t expect. Well, I expected them but I couldn’t handle them. We loaded our bags under the bus and jumped on. … Continue reading

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Yakushima: Day 2

The sun crept over the horizon and struggled through the trees surrounding the hostel. My eyes creaked open and took in my surroundings. Childhood memories from my days at the Mosquito Lodge filled me with longing. In particular, the one … Continue reading

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The Alcoholic Lie

Let’s talk about addiction. It’s been on my mind for a while, floating like a misguided salesman hell bent on selling me a product I don’t need. Don’t get me wrong, it could be a great product for somebody else; … Continue reading

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Find your passion

Looking out the window at all the concrete here I’ve begun thinking about the next step in my life. Passion came to mind. What is my passion? By nature, by definition, I should know. Right? All the books. All the … Continue reading

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Breathing is a good thing

I have nothing more to say about Japan. That’s a lie. I have plenty to say. I’m just more interested in pursuing new venues to express myself. NihoniGo has begun to feel limiting. It’s funny, because my initial concept was … Continue reading

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Blogging Sensibilities

It has been a year and a half since I started blogging. It took a lot of convincing from close friends to get me to start. For me, the big question was why. I couldn’t see an audience for what … Continue reading

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Catch and Release

The cold crispness of the morning air snaps me clean out of my peaceful sleep. I was having such a wonderful dream too. I mumble a weak protest full of sleep. I cringe as the too small blanket swishes off … Continue reading

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Vicarious Familiarity

I create, therefore I am. I write, therefore I am. Listen. Read. Watch. You will know me. Whoa! Now. Take a step back and let’s examine this a little deeper. Actually, not deeper, earlier. Rewind to the year 2001. Broadband … Continue reading

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Everyday Zoos

I was seven years old. My family was in Milwaukee visiting an uncle, cousin, friend of the family, somebody. We went to the zoo. I was a little thing and it was my first time out of my little town. … Continue reading

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39 Hours 800 Miles

A knock at the door.  It was Billy. “Booze-cruise.” “Yeah, give me a minute.  I barely sat down.” Billy slid his keys in his right pocket and plopped down on the mustard yellow couch in the kitchen; it didn’t go … Continue reading

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