Autumn Orange Slices and Capri Suns

The fall this year has got me all up in my feelings. The cool breeze in the mornings in hand with the sunshine takes me back to the age of 7 or so. Getting up early when the grass has a bit of dew on it, sleep in my eyes and a box full of capri suns and squeeze-its ready for the end of the … Continue reading Autumn Orange Slices and Capri Suns

PNW raised, Japan saved

HAPPY JUNE!! May 1, 2020 (I’m currently finishing up this blog and it is now June 9th…this blog is events from the past five months.) Hey you! Stop, collaborate and listen…I’m getting older so if you don’t finish that line-just consider it a generation gap. ICE IS BACK WITH MY BRAND NEW INVENTION. Happy, healthy, free, beautiful and safe. This has been the words I’ve … Continue reading PNW raised, Japan saved

An Open Letter to My Parents

March 28, 2020 Dear Mom and Dad, Can you believe today is the day? 30 years ago, you brought me into the world. I love birthdays. I believe whole heartily that every single person on earth should be celebrated. That’s a pretty beautiful belief isn’t it? 30 years. THIRTY YEARS. I think it’s a big day for me but I know it’s a bigger day … Continue reading An Open Letter to My Parents

Happy, Healthy, Safe and Free 愛 

私はレイちゃんです。 私はひまわりが好きです 。 Do you know I prefer to go by RayChan レイちゃん Instead of RachelSan レイチェルさん Sounds more like LayChan. Chan ちゃんhere is used for children. San さんis used for adults. Of course I prefer Chan. It’s only natural. I even got it on my new dentist card after insisting it was what I like to be called and convincing the staff to put … Continue reading Happy, Healthy, Safe and Free 愛 

Sad should never be wrapped

Had I known how to save a life. I use to sing that song at the top of my lungs. I thought-wow this song is real. I’m sitting here now recalling the lyrics…I would have stayed up with you all night had I known how to save a life…but does that save a life? How many nights have you stayed awake to watch a person … Continue reading Sad should never be wrapped

Because I have changed

4/10/2019 Entrance ceremony was today. If you have never heard of or seen an entrance ceremony, you need to google it. The gym is decorated and parents, students and staff welcome new students (1st graders). The band is playing, everybody claps for an extended period of time while the new class members walk in. There are flowers, music, clapping, and speeches to welcome the new … Continue reading Because I have changed

Memories in the making

3/12/19 These are some quotes I have come across, that made me feel something. Hugging is the most beautiful form of communication that allows the other person to know beyond a doubt that they matter. It is hard for me to understand why people don’t hug here. To hug once a day would improve the mind, body, and soul. If you want something you’ve never … Continue reading Memories in the making

Beverly Hills, 90210

Time…the only thing that never stops. A flyer was hanging in the staff room where I was teaching third grade. That was 2.5 years ago when I applied to be an ALT in Japan. The first year, I did not get the job. I was devastated. January came around, 2018 and I thought…I’m going to try one more time. I applied and interviewed for the … Continue reading Beverly Hills, 90210