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Summer’s Over: “Remember Me As A Sunny Day”


Remember me as a sunny day that you once had along the way.  – Diana Ross (Remember Me) The summer’s unwinding, not ending, and that’s good. The days are hot, and less humid, while the nights drop to comfortable temps and the cicadas…

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Hope, an Energy Food

Japan, Wellness

There’s no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. – Wayne Dyer Dear Friends, 1) My friend and former housemate, Yi, from Borderless House, is moving to Africa in four days. In the past few months, there have been quite a…

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“You Do This To Me”


You came and you changed my world. –MJ (Liberian Girl) 1) It’s two days until Michael Jackson’s birthday. When my friend BL told me it was his mother’s birthday on August 25th, I responded that it’d be Michael Jackson’s birthday on the 29th. His next words…

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To Beach: Beach, Beached, To Have Beached

Japan, Travel

Dear Friends, I promised myself when I returned from Shimoda’s Shirahama Beach that no day off, from then until the end of summer, would catch me not wearing a swimsuit. I have two days off, and I vowed to myself that at least one…

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Obon: To the Dearly Departed… The Joy of Life


Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word life, it means forever, and that’s a mighty long time, but I’m here to tell you there’s something else… Prince (Let’s Go Crazy) In various parts of…

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Getting Happy: Staycationing and Appreciating


Get happy, in any way you can. If you have to run away from home, do it. If you have to go to the beach everyday, do it. – Abraham Hicks Dear Friends, 1) It’s incredible how memories wash over us like…

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Shizuoka: Everything is Good and God

Japan, Travel

Everything is good and brown. I’m here again with a sunshine smile upon my face. – Jamiroquai (Space Cowboy) Dear Friends, Years ago, VP and I saw Jamiroquai perform at a music festival in Finsbury Park. For more than an hour, under a…

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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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Z, an Unknown Variable


Dear Friends, It’s often said that before one dies an entire life will flash in quick succession before one’s eyes. (You know it, you’ve seen it in movies a million times.) While teaching my student Y, this morning, fragments of my life flashed before…

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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…