Overseas to Overseas Part 3 -Southern Hospitality

Arriving in Louisiana from our whirlwind trip to the awesome Northeast was rather exhausting but I was still pretty amp'd up from all of the fun we had.  We would spend several days in the husband's home town which would include visiting family and friends and a fantastic small town Étouffée festival. The festival was … Continue reading Overseas to Overseas Part 3 -Southern Hospitality

November-December 2014 Adventures Part Two

Theme of this post:  Ups and Downs November 11th we got home from our trip to Kyoto and November 12th we were heading to the airport for a flight back to the states for a wedding in the husband's home town. Visiting his home town is always interesting.  It's a small town and we are … Continue reading November-December 2014 Adventures Part Two

Obfuscation

A new word came flying at me today from The Nudge Wink Report. Obfuscation Obfuswhat?  Obfuscation is a form of Obfuscate: From Webster.com [ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]   verb (used with object), obfuscated, obfuscating. 1.  to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy. 2.  to make obscure or unclear:  to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information. 3.  to darken. noun … Continue reading Obfuscation

Vacation Japan Style – Part Ni

This is the second part of the Vacation Japan Style posts, please click here for the first part if you missed it.  After Tokyo we hopped on the train to Kamakura where we visited the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine where my friend washed her hands and mouth before entering.  It's an interesting custom.  This site explains … Continue reading Vacation Japan Style – Part Ni

The Art of Silence

Recently, a very good friend made the trip to Japan to visit us. These are her thoughts on the trip. It was a magical 9 days for me and delightful for the husband. She is welcome in our home anytime.

acollectionofshinythings

I was recently in Japan, visiting a good friend while nurturing and growing a better understanding and relationship with her when I realized that she had given me so much more than simply a place to lay my head while I was visiting.  Diana opened not only her home to me, she opened her heart, she bared her soul, and she lived with me.  Not just lived in the sense that we occupied the same space at the same time; more like she LIVED with me, experiencing things  parallel to me, noticing things that I had not noticed and pointing them out, sharing her very different and unique perspectives, and living simultaneously yet very differently.  This is the sort of sharing with another human being that I have not done in quite a long time, and I did it very deliberately while relishing each and every moment, remembering to be thankful for…

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