Monthly Archives: August 2014

“One Hundred Foot Journey” as comfort food

This is one more for the food movie list–The One Hundred Foot Journey. Though entirely predictable, this movie felt great to watch with its visual lingerings on fabulous Indian and French cuisine and on the gorgeous produce in the French market … Continue reading

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Unexpected gifts are always the most savory

Over the last quarter century we have composted our food scraps, raising the soil in the backyard nearly 5 inches. Occasionally the compost doesn’t get hot enough so when we place the fresh soil out in the spring we get … Continue reading

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For no apparent reason

For no apparent reason, today I am feeling especially centered, open, compassionate. All my demons are quiet. Maybe it was the T’ai Chi at the lake that got the day rolling. Or my son finally resolving some difficult and thorny … Continue reading

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“At the Tea Garden” by Margaret Hasse

My friend and I mull over the teas displayed in square jars with beveled glass labeled by type. Each name seems part of a haiku: “After the Snow Sprouting.” “Moon Palace.” “Mist Over the Gorges.” I’m drawn to green teas … Continue reading

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Chobunsai Eishi’s 19th century thought balloon

This image of a courtesan who has fallen asleep while reading the Ise Stories (Ise Monogatari), shows her dreaming specifically of episode 12, where lovers are hiding in grasses from the guards of the provincial governor of Musashi Moor. The … Continue reading

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Mazel Tov to us all!

This weekend we were in Ann Arbor to celebrate my sister and her partner’s wedding. Since they were married in a small ceremony in Vermont last October, this Michigan celebration was for all their friends and family, all 170 of … Continue reading

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Gembaku no ko

Today is the 69th anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. We visited there two years ago with our son who was teaching in Satsuma Sendai at the time. The many memorials and monuments to peace and nuclear … Continue reading

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Summer randomness: trapped moth, solar-powered Queen, post-shower towel, indecipherable fortune, extremely long egg depositor

On my way to Ann Arbor, a mysteriously trapped moth in the gas pump: The solar-powered Queen surrounded by her ripening tomatoes: A serendipitous message of love from a post-shower towel:An indecipherable fortune after dim sum:Crawling on our backyard maple, a … Continue reading

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“Wild” by Tony Hoagland

In late August when the streams dry up and the high meadows turn parched and blond, bears are squeezed out of the mountains down into the valley of condos and housing developments. All residents are therefore prohibited from putting their … Continue reading

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The colorful nuances of morning espresso

Starting mid-June, instead of having a large glass of coffee (yes, we drank our coffee from glasses) every morning, which JB prepared as part of our morning routine, we have taken to drinking a double espresso. The taste is deliciously strong … Continue reading

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