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Back in Brazil

life, People, Reflections, Travel

(previously published on The Wayward Path, The windows are open and the sounds of the evangelical church down the road come flooding through: raucous singing, tambourines, a preacher on a microphone, rapturous fits. Last night, it was the club nearby that…

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Chiaroscuro 5:


There’s a black and white photograph on the floor: The woman’s moving in it. She’s beautiful. (Wonder if she knew that then.) She’s young. Maybe 30, maybe 35. (Can’t tell.) She’s earnest. She has an afro that’s not perfectly round…

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An Interlude: Life’s a Musical Thing


In music, one doesn’t make the end of a composition the point of the composition. – Alan Watts Dear Friends, This evening, I met up with R in Ginza to belatedly celebrate his birthday. For those of you who don’t know or…

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Burning Rice Fields and Other Things


I know you’ve come a long way baby, but you don’t need that heart of stone. You proved that you can do it baby, you can make it on your own. But, you can’t keep running away from love, ’cause the…

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Soup: 1: a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food. Dear Friends, This post has a lot of liquid and a few things of substance. Life soup with…

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Kaizen, Tying it Up, and Supernovas

Japan, People

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…

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Prodigal Sons (A Beginning)

life, People

 The younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. (Luke 15:13 ESV) 1) CJ‘s a Brit who’s lived in Japan for sixteen years. He’s a thirty-five year…

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Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, 1) Last night in Shibuya, an incredibly sweet and adorable young woman, Miss EW rang in her 24th birthday. Friends from all aspects of her life in Tokyo (work, orientation class, shared house) celebrated her birth. Her birthday…

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“Friendship is Earned”


Dear Friends, On Monday, I missed the biggest event of 2012, my best friend’s wedding. Scrolling through the past months of this blog, it’s obvious to see why I was unable to make it: a monumental move that sucked me…