The Glad List- #3

Hi All, 1) In the basement of Coredo Nihonbashi, there’s a bakery named Maison Kayser that sells the softest baguettes, the cheesiest cheese-filled bread, the chocolatiest tarts, the most lemony citron tarts, and a large array of every kind of bread you can imagine. On Thursday evenings, I teach my private group of three in Kanda. Well, the…

2) Thank You (my Thanksgiving list in no particular order)

Hi All, We all know everyday’s a day to be thankful for something, because only in the practice of gratitude can we be appreciative of our lives. It’s amazing how days grow richer/fuller/better when we take a minute to give thanks for the smallest things. You certainly don’t need me to tell you what you already know,…

I Was So Right, But I Wish I Were Wrong

“I was so right, so right, thought I could turn emotion on and off.” – Diana Ross (The Boss) On my way to Yi‘s going away party, I met a British guy named A. He seemed nice enough, (who really knows in a short meeting), attractive, decent age (not cougar meat or fresh out of university), cool accent. He…

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 screech. (Like evil insect beasts). I’m sorry I complained so much about the “relentless” heat,…

A Letter to Carolyn M. Rodgers

A few years ago in the “winter of my discontent,” my friend Darius sent my soul sustenance with an email simply titled “Hey.” In Darius’s message, he included Carolyn M. Rodgers’s poem “In the Shadow of Turning: Throwing Salt.” Since then, the poem has been a go-to poem for me… friends, there are answers there;…