Change & Reluctance

Change & Reluctance

I’ve been thinking a lot about change and the reluctance to do things differently lately. Sometimes it is difficult to stay positive, as it can seem the whole world is falling apart. I try to keep a positive attitude, but some days it can be a real challenge. Sometimes focusing on small things can help. … Continue reading

Kinpira Gobo — Success!

Kinpira Gobo — Success!

There are several side dishes which are ever present in Japanese markets and supermarkets. Some of them were staples in my kitchen, though I never learned how to make them! It was always easy to pick up something on your way home, and while I did learn some good recipes from people in Japan, there … Continue reading

Weird, or Just Different?

Weird, or Just Different?

I love this 2-minute TED talk: Sometimes it is good to remember when something seems “wrong” that it might just be different, or coming from a different world view.

Cool Cats!

Source: Uploaded by user via Michelle on Pinterest[My friend’s cat board on Pinterest has many cute and artsy cats to see, so click through to see more. =^. .^=] I logged into SketchClub today, and their prompt for today is “Cats”… so of course I’m suddenly finding it difficult to draw cats! (^_^) How typical! … Continue reading

Been Away for a While (so enjoy some TED)

Been Away for a While (so enjoy some TED)

I feel like I’ve been neglecting an (imaginary?) audience. (^_^) Sometimes I feel a little down; sometimes I get busy (or simply stressed)… I’ve been meaning to post several things over the past months, but somehow it just hasn’t been happening. Two TED talks have popped into my mind recently, so it seems like a … Continue reading

Unusual Spring (& a very welcome gift)

Unusual Spring (& a very welcome gift)

It’s been strangely warm in Chicago this March. It was nearly 90°F last week, and it was still in the 70’s for part of today, after “cooling off”… I feel a little sad to not have had much snow. After living in Memphis, I was really looking forward to snow. (^_^) I recently celebrated my … Continue reading