Barbarian Book Club: 10 October 2018 Operational Report

Life has been a whirlwind of activity. Taking care of a newborn is a lot more difficult than I expected. I figured that after a bit of holding and talking to she would gracefully recline in her baby seat and relax politely while I kept busy reading and writing. Unfortunately, she would rather do her …

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Life Update 29July18

July has been a busy month. We are getting used to and learning how to do the whole parenting thing. It's difficult, frustrating, exhausting, but oh so worth it when I get to hold her and she smiles. Of course, as soon as she does she also rips a heavy fart or spits up all …

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Juniper

  June arrived on Sunday. She's beautiful and amazing. I'm still reeling from the experience of becoming a father and having a bit of a tough time putting the whole thing into words.

Snow

“All Heaven and Earth Flowered white obliterate... Snow...unceasing snow” ― Bashō Matsuo, Japanese Haiku Last night Kanagawa got hit by a snowstorm. It was the first snow this winter and the most snow I've experienced out here in Japan. I walked around a bit last night enjoying the way everything looked once covered. I moved to California …

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The Future…

I've been home for almost three days and somewhat still recovering from jetlag and the whirlwind of activity that took place in California. It's midnight and I can't sleep, mostly because I took a four-hour nap and drank coffee around 8pm. My brother's wedding was magnificent, and I am honored that he asked me to be …

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Writing and Chinatown

So after a long burst of non-stop work, I am finally on vacation. Tomorrow Judy and I will go on our first vacation since moving to Japan.  We will be flying to Taiwan, where we will be doing a bunch of exploring, a bunch of drinking, and lots and lots of eating. Besides being excited …

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A Busy Week.

These last few days have been quite consuming. Work is busy, the holidays are rapidly approaching, and of course it was Election Day. I had zero time or energy to focus on reading or writing. Following national politics can be exhausting. To recover from the long week we spent most of our weekend celebrating Veterans …

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Japan, I dig you.

The last few days have been rather busy. Several months ago my wife put out an invitation to all of our friends to be a host if they wanted to check out Japan. Her old high school friend decided to take her up on it and flew out here with her long time friend for …

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Now it Begins

Last year, August 16th, 2015 to be precise, I made the following post The Magnificent Seven Challenge. The idea was simple. Write seven short stories, submit them, and track the whole process. I failed miserably. My writing output has been hovering between zero and nothing. Depressing situation. Quite miserable. Demotivating. Deplorable. Dastardly. Unexcusable! But things …

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Climbing Mt. Fuji

Last weekend, after a bit over half a year of living in Japan, the wife and I accomplished one of our long term goals, climbing Mt. Fuji. It was a unique once in a lifetime experience that left me with mixed feelings. Climbing Mt. Fuji managed to be a rewarding challenge and a bit of …

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