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Seattle moment

Seattle moment

Glowing, sun-kissed Mt. Rainier

Soundtrack: Nirvana


Sometimes driving on the freeway can be inspiring. With Mt. Rainier ahead and Nirvana on the radio, I felt that Seattle was the best place to be. When I got home, I jotted this haiku down so I wouldn't forget it.


What is quintessential to where you live? Or what makes you love it?


A busy week ends

A busy week ends

Time to relax and enjoy

A lovely weekend!


I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Feel free to share your favorite activities in the comments.


A day for wishes

A day for wishes

Celebrate legendary

Meeting of lovers


Today is the Tanabata Festival in many parts of Japan (some celebrate it on August 7). It's a time for everyone - children and adults - to make wishes!


So, what's your wish?


Finally summer

Finally summer

Sunshine, warmth, and brighter days

Go outside and play!


I know summer is in full swing in many parts of the country, but it just started in Seattle. The weather turned warm and sunny just in time for the 4th of July. Now it's time for me to pull out my local hiking guides and plan the weekends!


How do you like to play in the sun?


Tanabata wishes

I’m taking time this week to think about my goals and wishes for the second half of 2011. I find it useful to revisit my goals from January to see how I’m doing and to determine if I need to make any changes: to the strategies or the goals themselves. This week, I’m also focusing on wishes.

Tomorrow, July 7, many parts of Japan will celebrate the Tanabata Festival. It celebrates the one time each year that two stars (Altair and Vega) – or, according to legend, two lovers (Orihime and Kikoboshi) -- get to meet. Children and adults write wishes on colorful pieces of paper and then tie the paper onto bamboo branches.
I have a wonderful gift from a junior high school in the mountains of Japan. When I was leaving after two years as their assistant English teacher, each student and teacher wrote a Tanabata wish and included a picture. I love looking at the wishes and remembering the amazing people who wrote them.
My main wishes this year are to:
  • Finish a second draft of my novel (working title: Gone Fishing)
  • Expand my life in ways that count: sharing my voice and experience, connecting with people who interest me, speaking authentically, and creating new things
  • Find new opportunities to grow
  • Connect with more writers and editors
What are your wishes for 2011?
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