“The World’s Alright With Me”

Simplicity is beauty. Choose a day as your day of simplicity. Speak little, and listen with attention. Eat simple and natural food. Create time periods for not doing anything – just walk, look around, live the moment. – Brahma Kumaris Dear Friends, Yesterday was payday. Any payday’s a good day, but yesterday my check was…

“Mi Coffee”

10:08 am: I’m sitting in the Illy across the street from my school, because my first student of the day called to cancel his lesson. There’s a beautiful couple sitting across from me drinking frothy coffee topped with whipped cream. The girl faces me. She sits like my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Nosworthy, taught the girls to sit…

Never, Nunca, (副)決して; いまだに; 全く

Never is a word for young people. The word “never” is ridiculous and useless as one gets older. Anyone who uses the word in an absolute way, non-related to anything life-threatening, has consigned themselves to a life of inflexibility, restrictions and a certain smallness. When I was younger, there were many things I swore I’d…

Kaizen, Tying it Up, Last Night, and Supernovas

1) Yesterday, I taught Hiro K. Correction, I had a student named Hiro yesterday who taught me. At my language school, we’re told to follow “the method” closely, and to use the book which lays out the way a lesson should progress (in detail). It’s easy, and sometimes quite boring, so it’s the student that makes each…

Happy Wednesday!

Dear Friends, When I had a real job, Wednesday was the happiest day of the week. I should tell you that when I say “real job,” I mean a 9-5 that had me praying for the weekend. Wednesday was hump day. In two short days, the boring/tedious/demanding/excruciating week would be over. Wednesday! It’s always been my…

Streams of Gratitude…

I’ve been everywhere looking for you babe.                                                                       The one you’re looking for is you. The seventh day. Non-stop rain for days, then drizzle, and blankets of mist. A too cool spring. Then, today, there was light. Glorious sunshine. Where have you been? It’s warming up, not hot, but moderately warm. I hear that in Tokyo one needs to be careful…