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Ginkgo Trees- the Chitlins of Japan

If you’ve ever smelled a Ginkgo tree, or chitlins, my guess is you could all give me the same one word description without thinking too hard. Poo. Both have stenches so offensive you could also tell me where you were, … Continue reading

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I Found Drogon….And Flowers…. In The Desert

For the Big Money: Q: Why is California called the Golden State? Not the gold rush Nothing to do with golden tans (or bronzer) Gold Finger is just a bad guess A: Golden hills. That’s right. The hills of California … Continue reading

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April Showers Brings May….. Gogatsu-byou?

Show of hands- who gets crabby in May? I’m 54 years old and just found out that condition I have suffered from each and every May that I can remember has a name. I’ve heard a nasty rumor that Offsprings … Continue reading

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When Your New Job Changes Time…

  I’ve had some good jobs in my time. Some that were pretty high on the Bureacratic food chain. I’ve had career positions so important I tried to use them for my personal benefit. Like the time I spent a … Continue reading

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Girls’ Trip… Menopause Style

A long time ago, (my twenties) in a galaxy far away (New Orleans), I went on a girls’ trip. We spent a week in the Big Easy like a troupe of vampires carousing at night, and sleeping through the day. … Continue reading

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Panic and the KonMari Method

Have any of you read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo? I haven’t either. The title is enough to induce an immediate panic of the type usually requiring medication. For those of you who don’t know, … Continue reading

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“Mono no aware”

Japan changed me. In a bad way. If you had told college-aged Ouisar-san that she would skip her daily afternoon nap in order to take pictures of a flower field, I would have instructed you to put down the crack … Continue reading

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It’s That Time of Year Again- Cherry Blossom Season

My annual emergence from MIA status usually coincides with Cherry Blossom Season, also known more commonly as Easter Season. Inspired by the fleeting nature of the cherry blossoms, sakura, and the boisterous celebrations of hanami – cherry blossom viewing- in … Continue reading

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Politics as Usual- Always Stange and Getting Stanger

I voted. But this time, I voted on things I never thought I`d consider thirty years ago. And it just continues to be as strange as it always has been. My own experience with politics has become progressively more absurd. … Continue reading

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An Enviable Finger Fetish; Nails Japanese Style

Japanophiles think they know all there is to know about what makes Japan so uniquely unlike every place else on earth. We`ve all seen the “Top 10” lists that include the vending machines, the manga, the robot bar, and the … Continue reading

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