Some delightful moments

For the past 10 months, I’ve been an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher)  at two junior high schools in rural Japan. My bigger school has 380 students and is surrounded by rice paddies and rolling green hills. My visiting school is in a mountain valley that is famous for watermelon, and only has 40 students. I’m the only foreigner at both schools,…

My New Life in Japan

I watch the rice paddies and steep mountains drift past me. The peaceful scenery calms my wild mind. What does the year have in store for me? I wonder as I near my new home. I’m en route to Fukui City, Japan, in a bus filled with English teachers from all overnthe world. Behind me, Stephanie…

Down and Up the Grand Canyon in a Day

I woke up before dawn to load my pack. The night before I had prepared 12-hours worth of food and water: a few apricots and apples, trail mix, 2 avocados, rice cakes, chocolate and 3 liters of water in a camelback. When I braved the outside, I was greeted by a treacherously windy darkness. What…

Manifesting Your Dreams

I’m facilitating a writing group called “Manifesting your Dreams.” I create the prompts as well as respond to them. Here is my response to the second prompt. Writing Prompt: What goals do you have for the next hour? Today? Next week? Next year? Next 10 years? Your life? How will you feel if you accomplish…

We Meet Again

I visited Grandad today for the first time since I heard he had cancer 6 months ago. I was overwhelmed by the positive energy in the room, despite that he was lying in bed in the hospital. We had a beautiful conversation for about 20 minutes, with my mom and sister present and contributing. He told me…