Category Archives: War*Peace*Gratitude

An accident – indirectly caused by the lockdown

A dictionary defines an accident as an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. On August 21, 2020, that is exactly what happened to me. We had our house staged, and the staging crew … Continue reading

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Life is a series of choices you make

Everyone has two worlds; the outside world and the inside world. The outside world: Lately, I have been having many thoughts about how crazy American society – the outside world – seems to have become. With everything I read, I … Continue reading

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Tombstone

While growing up in Tokyo, annually, our parents took my brother and me to the family gravesite at the Tama Reien (多磨霊園) cemetery. They told us that many famous people were buried there, too. Today, thanks to the Internet, you … Continue reading

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Censorship by social-media companies

Three years ago, I wrote a lengthy blog about my concerns regarding our First Amendment rights. This update will be short and succinct. This month, in the Investing section of this website, I put together a list of launch dates … Continue reading

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Who killed Dorothy Kilgallen?

Have you ever visited the Sixth Floor Museum at the Dealy Plaza in Dallas, Texas? For those who may not know, this is the place from which Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged lone gunman, shot President John F. Kennedy. Or … Continue reading

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Covid-19 lockdown

As of this posting, the Covid-19 lockdown has continued for slightly over a month in many parts of the world, with no clear end in sight. Like everyone else, I have never experienced anything like this in my entire life. … Continue reading

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Van Cliburn, Nobuyuki Tsujii, and me

Oh, what an audacious title! Allow me to indulge. In my first book, I wrote about what motivated me in my early years. To briefly recap, it was to eventually meet Van Cliburn and to personally explain to him how … Continue reading

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A police officer who understands right from wrong

Saturday, 10:30 p.m., February 1, 2020, there was a series of loud knocks on our front door. We were not expecting anyone and felt rather uncomfortable. We wondered whether to ignore it or call the police. Within a few seconds, … Continue reading

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Where the balance of power is headed – An Asian immigrant’s view

As compared to the Judeo-Christian environment in the U.S.A., I grew up without the concept of “love” in my daily life. When I was around age 10, I asked my mother what “love” was. She answered, “You’ll know when you … Continue reading

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What on earth has been happening to the USA?

For millions of people from around the world, the U.S.A. has been a beacon of hope, and especially since the end of World War II.  Why?  It is because of her founding philosophy as manifested in the Declaration of Independence. … Continue reading

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