Letter from Tokyo: Holy High Heavens!

Through the mirror of my mind, time after time, I see reflections of (…) the way things used to be. – The Supremes (Reflections) Dear Friends, A few months ago, which now seems like a lifetime ago, I had three jobs.  I worked Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm as an administrative assistant at a university, taught […]

Identity Issues

Hi Friends, In the introduction to Oliver Twist, it is stated that Charles Dickens was “dedicated to any and every sort of game or jollification.” I underlined it twice, because I too have devoted my life to “jollification.” Sure, there were the years in Newark, NJ which will always be referenced, if mentioned at all, as  “The Dark Years,” when things […]

Jamaica: Not Just Sun, Sand, Sea

Two days, I spoke to my mother on Skype, and after hearing about her trip to The Blue Mountains, I begged her to write it down and send it to me. My mother’s voice is soothing and warm like ovaltine, but her words are richer. Please see her trip in detail, in her own words. Jamaica: Not Just […]

“Friday Evening, What a Feeling!”

Friday evening, what a feeling, feel like singing. – Mick Jackson (Weekend) Hi Friends, Fall has fallen in Tokyo. Though Tokyo’s not nearly as brisk or as rainy as NYC, the temperatures have most decidedly dropped. We’re now in the mid-sixties, and soon on our way to low-sixties. Despite the cooler weather, E, M, and […]

A Letter to My Future Expats

Konnichiwa Friends, You don’t know how much it excites me that quite a few of you have sent me emails requesting more information regarding living and teaching in Tokyo. It would be so great to have my own little expat community here (maybe we could name ourselves something cool and Jam/erican); however, lest you think it’s all […]