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Reverse Culture Shock or What is Real?

I mentioned before that I’d pretty much ran out of things to say about Japan. It’s true. It isn’t. It’s true. It’s difficult. I’ve exhausted nearly every topic I wanted to address. But what I discovered in my recent writings … Continue reading

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Yakushima Travel Log: Day 1

A ways back I had a conversation with some people about where to visit in Japan over coffee and chocolate. There were the usual suspects: Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo. None of them places I wanted to go. I’m sure there is … 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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Thursday Thought: November 21st

The life of a person, the personality of a country, is so much more than the sum of what they do. Life is the sense of a person. Life is the love of a person. Life is the memory of … Continue reading

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On Writing

Lately it seems everywhere I look I am confronted by books beginning with “On Writing”. Writers of renown have all taken their turn at illustrating their version of the writing life. These books, part anecdote, part biography, part philosophy, have … Continue reading

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Mining for Memories

It’s funny. The other evening I met an older gentleman. He had a sharp and engaging look in his eyes. We talked about the normal things, How long? Where from? What major? Why Japan? Standard introductory questions meant to break … 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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Beyond the Selfie

A friend once told me a story. She told me about a time when her and her husband went to visit one of those famous temples in Kyoto. There’s a perfect spot to take pictures from and there is a … Continue reading

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