No one can take away your pain so never let anyone take away your happiness

11/27 I’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ the past month. Quick recap-the beginning of November I SAW MONKEYS! Yuko journeyed with me to Arashiyama to admire a bamboo forest and the beauty of fall.  I’ve been talking about seeing a monkey in the wild since I arrived in Japan…so when we saw signs saying watch for monkeys-I was like a kid on Christmas morning. This is … Continue reading No one can take away your pain so never let anyone take away your happiness

A little Sparkle in a Big World

This blog is a bit scattered. My anxiety has been keeping me up at night and my brain has been running in circles thinking about issues close to my heart, problems close to the community and universal tragedies that I cannot change. This has been in the works for over a week now… Memories. . . I remember being eight years old. You were looking … Continue reading A little Sparkle in a Big World

Beautifully Painful

“There was a time when the world was enormous: spanning the vast, almost infinite boundaries of your neighborhood. The place where you grew up, where you didn’t think twice about playing on someone else’s lawn. The street was your territory that occasionally got invaded by a passing car. It was where you didn’t get called home until after it was dark. And all the people, … Continue reading Beautifully Painful

How’s Your Heart?

How Are You? [The person asking (generally) doesn’t care what your answer is] I’m good, thanks! [The person answering is (generally) lying.]  How are you? [Automatic response with no regard for the answer] I’m good. [Lie because does that person care if you are having the worst day and you are holding back tears?]  In Japan-there is no “small talk”. I have asked my friends-what … Continue reading How’s Your Heart?

Pandora’s Box

09-18-2018 (I started writing…..9/21 I’m going to stop-it’s getting too long). I am looking back at my memos from the past weeks. Every experience is still new and exciting. I’m still noticing similarities and differences in the people/culture/norms. I bet I will do that for my entire adventure. The hardest thing for me to grasp is the amount of time people spend away from home. … Continue reading Pandora’s Box