General Thoughts · Japan

Swallowed By the Waves: Remembering Tohoku 2011

Five years ago, I woke to a text from my sister that there had been an earthquake in Japan. I thought little of it, lying in my bed in Ohio. Only a few weeks beforehand, an earthquake there had appeared on the evening news. In America, where a 4.0 can destroy houses, it’s difficult for… Continue reading Swallowed By the Waves: Remembering Tohoku 2011

Comedy · Holiday · Japan · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person

Romance Is For People Not Baffled By It

I am not a romance person. First of all, I’m not good at it, second, I tend to scoff when the subject comes up. Not on purpose, just in a general pah-aren’t-I-such-a-cynical-adult way. Luckily, Husband and I are well-paired in life, because while I’m not much for romance, he doesn’t have a flipping clue what… Continue reading Romance Is For People Not Baffled By It

Comedy · Everyday Life · Japan · Writing

My Coffee Table As a Metaphor For Life

Way back last August, Husband and I got our second apartment together, and we needed furniture. Like, lots of furniture. Because we literally didn’t own any. “How can this be?” you ask. Pretty easily: we’d sold all of it in Japan a year and a half beforehand. I tell a lie; I did, last August… Continue reading My Coffee Table As a Metaphor For Life

Japan · Publishing · Short Stories · This Website · Writing

Announcement: The Foreigner’s Loneliness Now Available Here

Remember my big announcement last fall about my short story, The Foreigner’s Loneliness? Previously only available for reading through Solarwyrm Press’s Latchkey Tales: The Darkest Hour, it’s now up on my website. And you can read it. For free. Now that you’ve settled down from your victory dance, please take a look at my story!… Continue reading Announcement: The Foreigner’s Loneliness Now Available Here

Everyday Life · Holiday · Japan · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person

I’m Going On a (Christmas) Adventure!

Three years ago, I was preparing for a similar trip to the one I’m making today: flying to Scotland to visit Husband’s family for Christmas. The first time I did this, of course, he was not yet Husband, he was The Last Boyfriend, and we were both living and teaching in Japan. For our first… Continue reading I’m Going On a (Christmas) Adventure!