Soup: 1: a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food. Dear Friends, This post has a lot of liquid and a few things of substance. Life soup with the week’s events cut and diced. 1) Yesterday, my student M told me that at his alma […]

Fantastic Asakusa

Dear Friends, On March 21, my friends and I formulated a list of twelve things we had to do while in Tokyo; among them, my three that have been completed thus far are: 1) Visit Tokyo Tower 3) Visit Sensoji in Asakusa and 4) Take a trip to an onsen in Hakone. Slow and steady wins the race. Tomorrow, […]

The Creation: Hakone

Praise for the rain that waters our fields, and blesses our crops so all the earth yields; from death unto life her mystery revealed springs forth in joy! – The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God When you arrive in Hakone from Taipei or Paris or Ocala or Berlin or Palo Alto or whichever city […]

Getting Away Part 1: Then and Now

Hop on the bus, Gus; you don’t need to discuss much; just drop off the key, Lee, and get yourself free. – Paul Simon (50 Ways to Leave Your Lover) Then: In April 2004, I was teaching English at a language school in Caçapava, Brazil. The owner of the language school was a hard-as-nails woman who didn’t […]