No RSVP Required

I received an amazing email today: “[Our holiday party] is happening this year. In accordance with Michigan state laws, we are limiting the number of guests outside of our immediate family to zero. […] You are hereby uninvited.” In other words, do not RSVP. Do not BYOB. Please find it in your heart to spread a littleContinue reading “No RSVP Required”

Trivial Things: Sword Dancing (Kenbu)

Every once in awhile, it’s helpful to look back on times when you were foolish. Out of your element in every way, but going for it anyway, and continuing to go for it, just a little longer than maybe was healthy for you. Which brings me to today’s story. I am often complimented — byContinue reading “Trivial Things: Sword Dancing (Kenbu)”

Erubisu (Graceland – Memphis, TN)

It’s true: I am deeply, utterly conflicted. Alas, that which I completely and utterly love is also that which fills me with irreconcilable anxiety. Yet as much as my insides churn with angst, I can’t stop myself from indulging. It’s very much a part of who I am. The itch I must scratch. The elixirContinue reading “Erubisu (Graceland – Memphis, TN)”

Trivial Things: The Dream Within the Diorama

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder today. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam … And wuv, twoo wuv, will fowow you foweva … “The Princess Bride” – spoken by The impressive Clergyman As a kid, I never questioned whether I would get married. Most of the grown-ups in my life whoContinue reading “Trivial Things: The Dream Within the Diorama”

Trivial Things: Okoto Tsume

I’d forgotten I still had these. Then during the ordinary course of packing and purging for a move to a new, smaller, better-located home, my mother brought over a box of my stuff from my year of teaching in the JET Programme. A box that she’d found that had been moved in their last move,Continue reading “Trivial Things: Okoto Tsume”

Trivial Things: Ukiyo-e (Grandma’s Gifts)

Growing up, I never thought of my grandmother as a loving woman. Intimidating ? Yes. Opinionated and critical? Check and check. A force of nature who changed the energy of every room she walked into? Boy howdy. But loving? That’s what other people’s grandmothers were, sweet and coddling, giggly and cute. The only way toContinue reading “Trivial Things: Ukiyo-e (Grandma’s Gifts)”

Trivial Things: Katana Collection – Kenshin

You may know him as Samurai X, but he’ll always be Himura Kenshin to me. Adorable, red-haired, charming, committed pacifist, the quintessential wielder of the reverse-blade, and my absolute favorite anime hero, ever. You may be asking yourself, why am I, an (apparent) grown-up, talking about my favorite cartoon character, in a post that promisedContinue reading “Trivial Things: Katana Collection – Kenshin”

Trivial Things: Katana Collection – An Origin Story

I’ve got to hand it to them — swords do make an impression. I would guess that most people, having lived long enough and done enough stupid things involving a kitchen knife, typically have an emotional response to bladed weaponry. Sure, it’s often fear, or at least a reasonable level of nervousness. For some othersContinue reading “Trivial Things: Katana Collection – An Origin Story”

Trivial Things: Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke (or as I first knew it, Mononoke Hime) will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first movie I saw in Japan without English subtitles, where I could somewhat follow what was going on. It was also one of the first animation films I saw that had two centralContinue reading “Trivial Things: Hayao Miyazaki”

Tsumaranai Mono (aka Trivial Things)

You can tell a lot about a person by convincing them to let you into their home and look around for awhile. Oof, did that sound weird-creepy? That was weird-creepy. Let me start over. I’m not a particularly material girl (I don’t hold onto a lot of stuff, Marie Kondo would be very bored here)Continue reading “Tsumaranai Mono (aka Trivial Things)”