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,…

Letter from Tokyo: No Borders

Hi Friends, Tonight, I went to my former home Borderless House, where I haven’t been in three weeks (too long). I’ve truly missed Borderless, especially since in my new house (Sakura House-Hakozakicho) I’ve only met two people (two boring people), and it’s deathly quiet. I know I wanted my privacy, craved it even, and I appreciate it after all the…

Building Bridges One Glass at a Time

Life is just a party and parties weren’t meant to last. – Prince (1999) I called my father this morning to wish him a very happy birthday. Just as weird as it must be for parents to see their children grow into their many stages of life, it’s equally as odd to see one’s parents age. Granted, children…

Letter from Tokyo: “Wake Up and Live”

Dear Friends, This morning, I skyped with DB who told me that his greatest disappointment with his move to Washington, D.C is the lack of close friends nearby. We reminisced about when we lived in Jersey City how we’d pop over to each other’s apartments to cook (well, he’d whip up scrumptious Southern dishes and I’d watch), have ridiculous conversations, write papers together…

Sunday Night: Friends and Takoyaki

Hi Friends, Two days ago, my father sent me an email which began, “I hope this email finds you sober.” To hear him tell it, I’m a hardcore partier, something which couldn’t be further from the truth. His email cracked me up, and I had to share it, because I don’t drink much… well, not all…