Category Archives: War*Peace*Gratitude

The 2016 election – My thoughts

The 2016 election in the U.S.A. was contentious, controversial, and downright ugly, to say the least.  My choice had already been made by the time the Presidential candidates were narrowed down to the two finalists: Hillary Clinton (a career politician) … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on the rhythm of life

Do you like waking up in the morning?  I do.  As a matter of fact, I like myself the best in the morning because I feel so refreshed.  Sleep is like nature’s magic, isn’t it? As I look out the … Continue reading

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Evils of brainwashing

Recently, I received a comment on this website from a gentleman by the name of Douglas Shinsato.  I had mentioned his name in my blog, posted exactly two years ago today, as one of the two very important translators.  I responded … Continue reading

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The role of a spouse

The second half of this post is a sequel to last year’s blog post about the 610 MASS reunion.  In the previous post, I talked about David having been nominated to succeed as chairman of its Alumni Association.  Before I come back … Continue reading

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I am grateful for my loving family

For the last two decades or so, almost every Fourth of July, as well as days surrounding the holiday, we had spent time at our daughter-in-law Kathy’s Grandfather’s lake-front cottage in Michigan.  PT, as we affectionately called him, passed away … Continue reading

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A former native’s perspective on President Obama’s speech in Hiroshima, Japan

There is no shortage of opinions regarding the speech President Obama gave at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan on May 27, 2016.  Since I happened to have addressed the issue of nuclear bombs just days prior in my May 2016 blog … Continue reading

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Will we ever learn BEFORE it’s too late?

In November 2015, I wrote a piece about four million people escaping Syria into Europe, relating it to Japan’s historical era of warring factions.  Recently, I saw a Frontline documentary called, “Children of Syria,” which originally aired on April 19, 2016. … Continue reading

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Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk, NC

Last month, March 2016, Jesse and Kathy, our son and daughter-in-law, invited anyone in the family who could join them for a vacation at a beach-front property they rented for a week in Duck, North Carolina. First, the interior of … Continue reading

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Power outage

Sometimes, what happens in life throws you completely off guard.  Last month, on the 20th, after a couple of days of very strong and unrelenting winds, a tree fell down on a power line in our neighborhood at 11:05 a.m.  … Continue reading

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“One Nation under God”

In my December 2015 blog post, I mentioned about a book called, “Son of Hamas,” written by Mosab Hassan Yousef.   It was one of the most memorable books I have ever read – with a possible, viable solution proposed by … Continue reading

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