Letter from Tokyo: Sukiyaki with an Arctic Tern

Dear Friends, For the last two days, I’ve been reading back issues of National Geographic. There are about fifty National Geographics lying around the breakroom at my school, and I’ve resisted them until this week. My relationship with each and every one of the National Geographic magazines has been tumultous; I’m ambivalent towards the magazine. The photos repulse me; if I […]

Letter from Tokyo: “Forget About the Worries On Your Mind, You Can Leave Them All Behind”

Dear Friends, The last few days have been filled with the essentials: good food, better company and fun. Let’s take a look at the days in review: Thursday: It started as a quiet day with me sitting around twiddling my thumbs. Then it hit me, “I have the house to myself!” I took advantage of my solitude and started youtubing like […]

“You Live the Life You Love, You Love the Life You Live, Everything You Have in Mind Jah Will Give!”

Happiness is life-supporting and life-sustaining and therefore generates increase.– Deepak Chopra (“The Law of Giving,” The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success). Dear Friends, In guru Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, he concisely summarizes The Law of Giving: “If you want joy, give joy to others; if you want love, learn to give love; […]

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; […]