Wednesday, April 11, 2018


For a good many years, I lived in the suburbs of New York City.  In the late winters, while driving along the roads, I'd keep my eyes eagerly peeled for forsythia bushes.  And when I spotted these bright yellow blossoms, I'd know spring was coming very soon.  It didn't matter if the gray gloomy skies and frosty air said otherwise.  Seeing these flowers made me so happy that I planted several bushes in my garden, a decision I later came to regret, because they are such overly enthusiastic growers.  Still, I have a fondness for forsythia and miss looking for them.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Ever get that sinking feeling?

I couldn't decide whether this is foolishness or optimism.
Foolish optimism?

Friday, March 16, 2018


I've always liked the idiom Paper Tiger.  Would that be death by 1000 paper cuts?


A paper tiger is someone who at first glance seems to be in charge but who, on closer examination, is completely powerless.
This phrase comes from an old Chinese idiom, which describes a paper tiger as a "blustering, harmless fellow," and which was popularized when Mao Zedong was quoted in 1956 calling the United States a paper tiger. 


Friday, February 9, 2018


I read a story recently about an underwater mailbox off the coast of Sasumi, Japan, the only one in the world.  That's pretty cool and something I'd like to see one day if I weren't such a poor swimmer.

If you ever go to Disneyland, you can see Monstro, the giant whale from Pinocchio.  When I was little, Monstro terrified me.  His eye!  His eye MOVED!  I swore he was alive, and I'd be in tears as my dad carried me closer to him.  I probably tried to claw my way out of his arms like a cat being dragged to a bath.  There's a little boat that you can ride that takes you through Monstro's gaping maw to Storybook Land, which to this day I have never done.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tea for Tunes

Ooooo-ooooo-ooooolong tea

                    Would you like some tea?

Oh yes, please.  That's music to my ears.                    

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Misako and the Rat King

Have you heard the story of Misako and the Rat King?  
It's quite the tail.