The Changing Seasons: September 2020

As September rolled to an end, I emerged from a 4-month hiatus to return to poetry. October 2 marked the deadline for submission to an anthology, Atelier of Healing: Poetry about Trauma & Recovery, and so the work began.

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The Changing Seasons: July 2020

My brain is like a sieve; some days worse than others.

One minute I am stirring in malt syrup into a pot of water in preparation to boil my bagels, the next I am hit with the realisation that I have forgotten about The Changing Seasons post for July. I have been reassured by loved ones that this condition will improve after menopause passes; I only hope they are right.

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The Changing Seasons: March 2020

I have been Socially Distant since the beginning of February.

Dramatic though this may sound, in fact it is not, as I am not inclined to a great deal of socialising anyway. Having said this, when one should not, can not, must not do Something, that Something becomes all the more attractive as it suddenly become the focus of attention. So, even for an reclusive introvert like myself, I find myself missing my friends and family. Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: March 2020”

The Changing Seasons: October 2019

Highlight of my October is Younger Daughter & Grandparents’ (plus Me) Trip to Tokyo. We had 5 nights at Tokyo Disney Resort, 5 nights in Chiba (千葉市 Chibashi).

I haven’t been back to Japan since 2007 so was feeling a little apprehensive over my lack of the language. A Friend who visits the country several times each year assured me that that I would be fine, and after all, I was going to The Happiest Place on Earth (and she wasn’t referring to Disneyland).

Shortly upon arrival, I was reminded of how gracious the Japanese are – immigration is the most orderly and courteous I’ve encountered ever. I found this true throughout our visit as we encountered a variety of service people and folks on the street who were eager to help despite language barriers.

And of course, starting our trip in Tokyo Disney Resort was an easy way to ease ourselves into the swing of things.

Chiba-shi is the capital of Chiba prefecture.  It afforded many conveniences without a big city feel. Running through the smaller streets gave me a chance to discover havens of greenery & beauty.

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