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The Death of a Saturday Morning Institution

When did Saturday morning cartoons die? When I was a kid, I rose early every Saturday morning to watch cartoons. I started my mornings with Scooby Doo, a cartoon with a huge amount of staying power. I then spent the rest of the morning as an unmovable fixture in the den.     One of […]

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Safe Travels, My Friend

I don’t exactly remember when I decided to become a writer. I do remember, however, when I attended my first ever writer’s group meeting. It was the same day that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows debuted. The book was released on a Saturday. I took my kids to a Friday night release party at […]

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Where In The World (Japan) – Otaru, A Hidden Gem

If you’re reading this, it’s because no one guessed the mystery city. It’s called Otaru. (It was actually on the map that I put on the post for the first week.) Otaru is about a 20-30 minute train ride from Sapporo, the largest city on the northern island of Hokkaido, and is home to many […]

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Where in the World (Japan) – Getting to Hokkaido (with thanks to Japan’s rail system)

One of the marvels of Japan is its train system. You could set your watch by the accuracy of the train schedule. Once, during my four years in Japan, I was on a train that experienced electrical failure and we were stuck for 20 minutes. When I reached my destination, I was greeted by a […]

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