Current Events

I won’t write about the election. I know this is the space to do so, but I don’t think my voice is going to tip any scale out there. There has been too much about it. Too much noise, too many opinions, too much grief, too much glee. And the instant backlash in too many […]

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Nikko: Uphill Preface

This photo is from my second day in Nikko, when it was still light. I’m uploading from my first night as opposed to my first day, because this story overshadowed my afternoon. And because it was so dark, I have no photos to accompany it, save for this one I took later in my journey. […]

Not really Shanghai’d

I was hoping to use the verb “shanghai” in this post, because I got stuck on a plane and wound up in one of those crazy travel situations. Unfortunately, I looked up the word first. Research has the sad characteristic of poking holes in what we wish we could say: To shanghai: 1. To kidnap […]

Linguistic Breakfast

I am no longer the only Westerner in the hotel. A family is here – European I guessed from their backpacks and demeanor. From eavesdropping and based on their first sentences in English to the hostess, I though French or perhaps Russian (I know, I know, the languages themselves are very different, and Russia is […]