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A Pillar of Cloud

A Pillar of Cloud

A towering figure that looks on to endless oceans, perpetually illuminating our way to True North.  A lighthouse stands tall through the rocky waves brought by life’s storms, a fortress for wary boats seeking guidance and refuge.  A steady light in the darkest hour. In many instances of life, I feel like a lighthouse.  Giving of myself to everyone … Continue reading

Facebook is trying to change me.

Facebook is trying to change me.

I have several Facebook friends who are just passionate about what they do. More noticeably, they are really passionate about what they believe in. And, they try to change me. I admire those who use the power of words to influence the thinking and behavior of others. There are those whose advocacies are about the … Continue reading

My Last Wishes

My Last Wishes

The beginning of 2013 was grim for many of my friends. I remember because my Facebook Newsfeed saw many posts about loved ones passing away.  Then, March came and my last surviving grandparent also passed on. This year, several of my friends have already been mourning the death of their family members. It is really sad … Continue reading

I went to seawall this morning.

I went to seawall this morning.

I went to seawall today — very early in the morning wearing just a pair of short pants and a jacket over a shirt. Wife and kids were still sleeping.  I left the house in silence.   It was freezing cold, but I didn’t care. I came to seawall anyway. While the industrial lights flicker in the far … Continue reading

To fear or to hope.

To fear or to hope.

Right now, you are holding on your palm a seed. Yes, a seed. You found that perfect spot in your front yard to plant that seed.  So, with a water bucket on the other hand, you march outside the house, kneel down on the dirt, dig up a fist-size hole, and carefully place that seed … Continue reading

New Year Letter 2014

New Year Letter 2014

We are marking our first year in Yokosuka on New Year’s Day. We have seen the different seasons this country has to offer: a heavy snow, the beautiful cherry blossoms, the scorching heat of summer and the relief provided by the rainy weathers, and the colorful autumn that led us back to this sometimes unbearable … Continue reading

The Fairy and Her Magic Wand

The Fairy and Her Magic Wand

There was a little fairy, happily roaming around the fairydom. She has a very special magic wand, made of an oak tree and christened with a unicorn’s hair. Her laughter warms the air and her smile paints the flowers their much-needed color. She jumps, and runs, and skips, and flies hovering from shrub to shrub, … Continue reading

A Place Very Far Away From Here

A Place Very Far Away From Here

Dear friend: As I start writing this letter there is really nothing I’d like to say. It has been a while since I last took the time to convert those thoughts I had nursed in my mind into written words for others and myself to see. I have been walking through many crossroads of life, … Continue reading