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A Slow Goodbye

I was lucky enough to take a group of folks with disabilities to the Kiwanis Lodge near a beautiful mountain lake yesterday and enjoy burgers, a pontoon boat ride, and the classic 1929 lodge on an incredible sunny day. 123 more words

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9 not so obvious things I miss about Japan

After having lived in Osaka for nearly three years, last January (2017) I moved back to the UK. I’ve been so busy with my new job in England that it hadn’t really hit me that my time in Japan was over – in my mind, I somehow assumed that I was again in England only temporarily (as I had been back to England a number of times during the last three years for short periods of time). 1,533 more words

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Cultural dot-to-dot

Saw this magazine in line this morning at the market and had to chuckle. We are such an instant gratification culture we even have dot-to-dot mindfulness now. 12 more words

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Reality Hurts... Sometimes

A few months ago, I wrote an email into a podcast I listen to quite regularly. It was a desperate plea to know if I should wait for the man I thought was once the love of my life. 478 more words


Dinner with Klimt

I attended a painting class / dinner buffet last evening where after three hours some 20 students produced most of a completed piece inspired by 20th century artist Gustav Klimt. 101 more words

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Red, White, and Screwed?

I’ve observed this fellow around town (pictured) over the past few years waving American flags in bitter snow storms, driving rain, and hot, muggy afternoons as cars streamed by causing his flags to flap as he sat smiling.   306 more words

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“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved…The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” –Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart… 603 more words