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Thursday, August 20, 2020      52 comments

My two older children are rather obsessed with their age. They think that at age 31 (son) and 29 (daughter), the course of their life has been set in stone. My son believes he is stuck at a desk in a basement office at a famous, prestigious corp... Read more
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020      57 comments

We love the girls! Our rescue dogs have been with us for three and a half weeks now and are completely at home, sitting on the step right outside the dining room window, waiting to be fed, waiting to be walked, but most of all waiting to be pett... Read more
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Monday, January 20, 2020      46 comments

For my daughter Kana, who suffers from chronic depression, Joey's death in September was probably like what it would have been for me to lose a child. It was hard to keep Kana in the world for a while. All her waking time was spent wanting to di... Read more
Goodbye to a Precious Companion
Tuesday, September 10, 2019      50 comments

I woke Sunday morning with intense dread, not wanting to get up and face what the day had in store. Our precious canine companion, our treasured sweetheart Joey, had died the evening before, after lingering for seven weeks after losing the use o... Read more
Staying Awake
Sunday, May 26, 2019      36 comments

I got good grades in school, but I sure am a slow learner when it comes to real life, particularly eating. I don't know why at age 62 I haven't been able to get my act together and become a "normal" eater, but I'm not sure if it does any good to... Read more
Unplanned Giving
Monday, October 29, 2018      40 comments

Did you know that a lot of people lose their lives in the final moments of a rescue, when a happy ending seems assured? With a lifeline within reach, they think they're out of danger and lower their guard, only to be swept away by the raging wat... Read more
Heaven on Earth
Saturday, October 27, 2018      42 comments

Last week, I took a trip to Colorado from my home here in Japan. I was invited to my nephew's wedding several months ago and at first responded "no" to the RSVP. It's such a long trip (about twenty hours, counting travel time to the airport and ... Read more
Committed to Tracking as Training
Saturday, August 18, 2018      35 comments

I have been wishy-washy about whether or not it's good to track food. When I first joined SparkPeople, and before I started participating in the community, I lost twenty pounds by using the tracking feature on this site. Tracking worked ve... Read more
Update on Sister
Saturday, August 18, 2018      32 comments

Dear Friends, Just wanted to write to follow up on some stories I shared earlier this year. Thank you to all who've asked me to write again. It means a lot to me that you are interested in my story and willing to listen. This letter is for... Read more
Story Lines
Wednesday, April 25, 2018      41 comments

Lots of things have kept me from blogging these past few weeks--an upsetting episode related to my older daughter's emotional problems, my own what's-the-use despondency in response, house renovations, disposal of all the stuff we don't need, re... Read more
Nephew Update: Attitude Is Everything
Monday, January 15, 2018      49 comments

My dear Spark Friends, Just a quick note because I have to get ready for my trip to the US. I'm leaving home the day after tomorrow for South Carolina and then Florida, and I haven't packed or done any preparation whatsoever! (Panic City he... Read more
Update on Nephew--Good News!
Friday, December 29, 2017      49 comments

My dear SparkFriends, I don't have time to write much right now, as everybody's home, and we're having a celebratory feast this evening. We waited until Mari came home from Tokyo before we cook the Christmas turkey. And I'm way behind in my... Read more
Hoping for a Miracle at Christmas
Sunday, December 24, 2017      49 comments

Dear Spark Friends, Thank you so much for your all your comments and messages on my blog and Spark page. I have treasured every single one, but have been unable to reply to many in the last two or three weeks. So much is going on here, most... Read more
It's Time to Struggle
Tuesday, November 28, 2017      48 comments

If you've been a compulsive overeater for most of your life, and then you suddenly stop overeating compulsively, it won't be long before you figure out why you ate compulsively for so many years. If you have made a true commitment to stop a... Read more
O Is for Ordinary Odds and Ends
Saturday, September 30, 2017      44 comments

I've been suffering from writer's block and a dull mind, so I'm not going to try to write anything extraordinary today. I'm just going to make a list of what's been going on, because some of y'all have kindly reached out, asking me about some si... Read more

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