Preparing Tamales – Our Holiday Tradition

My family began making tamales back in 1960.I obviously wasn’t a part of the first annual Christmas Eve tamale making event. Even my mother wasn’t around at that time. Many years ago, my dad’s family began making tamales, and the practice stuck. I often wonder if they knew that sixty-two years later the family wouldContinue reading “Preparing Tamales – Our Holiday Tradition”

Sri Lanka, Reflections, and Restrictions

I saw them coming. I just called it a couple of weeks before it actually happened to us. I told my mom and sister a couple of weeks ago that I feared that we would be going back into lock-down out here on Okinawa. Since last March, I have tracked the numbers and the responsesContinue reading “Sri Lanka, Reflections, and Restrictions”

Glamping, Camping, and the New Year

Our New Years holiday weekend felt similar to most of 2020. We went from having a solid plan to seeing it slowly unravel. So many of us went into 2020 with plans, goals, and dreams, and slowly the plans dissolved, and the goals changed. Back to our New Years weekend…3 of my friends and IContinue reading “Glamping, Camping, and the New Year”

Lighthearted in Okinawa

If you read my blog last week, it was based on the premise that “You don’t have to travel the world to know the world.” I had finally come to the realization that a trip to see my family is simply not in the cards this year. That realization was heart-breaking. If you don’t knowContinue reading “Lighthearted in Okinawa”

Physical Movement Matters

Word Choice Does Too We are going into our third week of fairly strict Covid-related Protocols, and through the process, I have begun to learn a lot about myself. Someone out there will be able to relate to this, so I am sharing it with all of you. Week 1: Restriction of Movement Rules wereContinue reading “Physical Movement Matters”

Corona Virus Made Me Old

Actually, it didn’t make me old or even older. I started to age the day I was born. It is part of the cycle of life. Now, let me preface this by saying that I am not making light of this terrible pandemic. People are sick. People are dying. People are dying alone. People areContinue reading “Corona Virus Made Me Old”