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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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Where in the World (Japan) – When sushi meets peanut butter

On our trip to this particular coastal town in 2008, my wife planned lunch at a sushi restaurant. (The woman in front of my wife is my MIL.) I know that sushi is available all over Japan. Japan is a nation of islands with numerous coastal towns. However, this city, located on the Sea of […]

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