What happens in Japan stays in Japan

The spirit of Halloween is upon us! 10.14.18 I’m sipping some tea this morning working through Brain Games Crime Scene Investigation puzzle book this morning. One of my coworkers who formally worked in the Air Force recommended it to me when I told her I enjoy Sudokus and word problems. She frequently shares with me…

A Photo a Week Challenge: Whimsical

“What is life without a bit of whimsy? I love whimsy. I love finding things that speak to my inner child and make me smile in the silliest of ways. ” – Nancy Gold cowgirl princess Totally made my day cool Magic around you I love Belle from the Beauty and the Beast! The sight…

Fun Friday Flashback: Catch Phrases

Sunshine Artist, Jenna McGee, has invited us to travel into the time machine again and she’s parked outside my mind! Our next stop is catchy phrases that you have used in the past or that you still use today.  “Oh no! Don’t look yonder! I’m afraid of what you’ll see! You guys have no idea how…

VJWC: The Dormant Volcano

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. ” – Alice Waters “I wish I was a dormant volcano because I get to hibernate for a long time.” My sister expressed a wish a long while ago. When someone rubs…

Flower of the Day – 10.6.18

Good morning! Another energy boost from Cee’s photo of her dahlia! Before I head out to work today, I wanted to share rows of mums in the oriental market during the Vietnamese New Year season called Tet. (At least I think they’re mums! 😉 ) In just a few minutes from when this shot is…

Asking For It

Originally posted on Heartstring Eulogies:
“Before you point that accusatory finger in my direction, remember this: I never asked for it.” The sun is setting and I feel the cold seeping into my bones. I feel the life bleeding out of my feet, leeching into the ground. And I stand here, breathing smoke into the…

CFFC: Things People Grow

Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam to visit my grandmother and other relatives for the first time. These photos were taken in the Sapa Mountains located in the Lo Cai region. I’m also responding to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Grow First, let me introduce you to the Dao who…

Children’s Books: Ideology and Morals

Read a very scintillating post by Nicolas C. Rossis this morning about children books and some of their purposes throughout history in Soviet Russia. Some of it sends chills down my spine! He concludes with an interesting video about a race held in 2016 between an actual tortoise and an actual hare. Check out his…

And Their Paths Converged

No date prefixed directs me in the starry rubric set. – John Milton John Milton was a Protestant poet and a historian who is best known for his work Paradise Lost which was greatly inspired by his visit to a predominantly Catholic country, Italy. Imagine the culture shock the Milton experienced here! While he was…

The Blossoming Friendship

A Continuation from A Trip Down Memory Lane Morning mist disappeared as the afternoon rays of the sun shone over the festival at the university. Firecrackers were set off on the concert stage, and the drummer yelled into the microphone as the speakers reverberated out to the growing crowd, “ARE YOU GUYS READY TO ROCK?”…