OK, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. I plead…well…busy-ness. Michelle and I have been shopping and making up the itinerary for her soon-move to Pennsylvania. My neighbor whose husband works for Google has added me to the Google+ beta, and I’m seeing if that will be a good way to talk to my daughter when she’s away at college. I’m trying to get a jump on my new Film & Lit class (I’m only on lecture 3, but I have the framework of the class all set up).
On the learning Japanese front, I’m still not the wunderkind that would make a language teacher beam. Ito sensei has saved some conversational Japanese cassettes (and accompanying books) for me, and that’s a blessing, but I”m still distractable by the little things. I was reading episode 23 of Hikaru No Go, and I came across henohenomoheji–doodling with Japanese characters. Michelle remembers Kazumasa showing her simple nonomo face drawings when he stayed with us. Here’s a simple site with some information:
And I’m been reading George Meegan’s book The Longest Walk in bits; he’s reached Central America at this point. Aside from feeling that I’d really not enjoy the hardship that even a yoshikart could not make up for, I’m struck by how the walking diary is really a love story. And putting this together with Kintaro Walks Japan (Kintaro is in love with Ayumi, George and Yoshiko Meegan’s daughter), the whole thing washes over me with joy and relationship.
It’s a very busy time, but I’ve not vanished.