During in the mid-90's when I was living alone in Japan and not mentally well, I came upon the free verse poetry of Giniro Natsuo. I don't recall when or where I came across my first book as they weren't all that commonplace, but quickly I was hooked. Soon I owned every last edition which … Continue reading The Japanese Free Verse Poetry of Giniro Natsuo
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Thank you to Tomi from The Narrow Bamboo Gate for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I can't believe that the same person whose heart was once so small and whose face was so tear-stained (me) would be found deserving of such a happy award by someone. Tomi has a wonderful testimony of being converted to … Continue reading Ten Questions for Sunny Bloggers!
Some days not every one, I run to the beach where I gather, big dark rocks-- ones I can lug or roll, to the site of my cryptic SOS. A seagull's footprints around a dead fish, thrown up by yesterday's storm, make me wonder, "Why so weak? Were you old?" I watch … Continue reading Seiche
Like many, I have eclectic music tastes. I can jump from Eminem to The Grateful Dead to Rod Stewart and everything in between. My favorite artistically is the Talking Heads and has been for more than 30 years if that tells you anything. And while I used to listen to the same variety at … Continue reading Priceless, Flawless…You
#intercultural #multicultural #culturematters More and more our cultures are mingling-- melding, merging and blending. The metaphorical "melting pot" has gone beyond a handful of burgeoning "new lands" who received the tired, poor and huddled masses, who in turn created pockets of their own in ethnic neighborhoods; to inter-familial mixing and multicultural blends and new breeds. … Continue reading Intercultural Relationships: 10 Questions to Ponder
"Twenty five cents...a quarter. Two quarters better if you have 'em" a voice called out. I turned and saw an older black man with a serious wandering eye coming towards me from a parking lot. "You want a quarter?" Frankly I thought the man was had made a mistake. A quarter wouldn't buy anything but … Continue reading Short-Changing
Look at this glass! Can you believe it was once trash? Chipped, cracked or completely broken into a thousand shards-- each smaller piece once part of something larger and useful but later discarded. Thrown into the cleansing water of the big lake, these gems spent decades I suspect being pushed forward by storms from the … Continue reading Finding Beauty In The Brokenness
Michael Philip Atkins takes pictures of Japan that make me want to go back even though I vowed I never would! I particularly like his shitamachi shots-- the ones showing narrow streets lined with mom and pops. That's the Japan I first loved and Mr. Atkins captures so well.
"Stacy you are one of the most self-aware people I've ever met." This compliment was paid to me a couple of years ago by my boss-- a young man whom I considered to be the king of PC-ness; a real whiz at change management. That year I received my first "extraordinary results" score as a … Continue reading Losing My Self