Category Archives: War*Peace*Gratitude

New Year – A time of renewal

Thoughts of life in Japan during official holidays for the New Year – January 1st through 3rd – bring back fond memories, getting together with relatives that we did not get to see much the rest of the year.  I … Continue reading

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The Bible and me

Ever since I was little, around age 3, I was fascinated by this far-away country I knew then as America.  Soon I found out that they spoke a different language than my own, which is Japanese. At age 13, I … Continue reading

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“National Geographic – Final Days of Anne Frank” 

This blog is dedicated to Nabeel Quresh, who passed away on September 16, 2017 at the tender age of 34.  His book, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,” was one of the most intriguing books I have ever read.  Thank you, Nabeel, … Continue reading

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On immigration

Today, there is much controversy in the U.S.A. about immigration policies regarding Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.  They are children of those who illegally entered the U.S.A.  According to yourdictionary.com, the definition of illegal is a person not … Continue reading

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“The Imam’s Daughter” by Hannah Shah

Some of you know this about me already; if you do, please bear with me.  Growing up, I lived with violence within my home in Japan until I got married and left home at the age of 22.  Shortly thereafter, … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei

On August 12, 2017, David and I visited the “Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State” exhibition with our daughter-in-law Kathy’s parents, Sandie and Paul Nelson.  As always, getting together with them was a fantastic break from our busy life. … Continue reading

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“Is America today marching to the same drum beat as Nazi Germany?” by Ms. Kitty Werthmann

In many of my prior posts, I have been expressing my deepest concerns about how things have been changing for the worse in the U.S.A., the country of my childhood dreams. Today, I’d like to share with you what I consider one … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to America’s 250th birthday

As of this writing, Fourth of July is almost upon us.  To think that in nine years, the United States of America will be celebrating her 250th birthday! In 1976, just four years after I arrived in the U.S.A., my … Continue reading

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“Silence” – Swamp-analogy questions are finally put to rest

  In March 2017, I wrote a review of the movie, “Silence.”  Those who know me well know that I stop at nothing when a question needs to be answered, especially when I feel the need to prove a point.  … Continue reading

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The Second Amendment – Why my view has changed 180 degrees

In January of this year, I wrote about my concerns regarding what was happening to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America; most notably, erosion of freedom of speech and the level of intolerance among … Continue reading

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