Friday, November 28, 2008

Things to be Thankful For

My daughter
A raise
A work-at-home job
Health insurance
Singing gigs
Friends coming back to Japan
4 years of wedded bliss
Dad's successful surgery
Christmas in Korea with family and friends
Amazon Japan
Good Books
Japanese friends
Grad School for Hans
President Elect Barack Obama
New recipes
New babies
Fresh Produce
Frankie and Winston staying with the Stephensens
Our trip home last summer
Fleece, Slippers, Tea and Hot Water Bottles
English-speaking Doctors
New Music

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our Father

Whatever higher beings you might believe in, pray to them for my dad, who is having most of his cancerous kidney removed today. I love you Daddy. Get better.

*Update* Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. My dad pulled through the surgery, and there were no surprises. Now, if he'll just stay in bed for the next 3 weeks, and not try and go fix the deck or something...

Mini Me

If there were ever any doubts of who she looks like, these ought to set your minds at ease. :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hannah's 6th Sense

It's strangely satisfying that my daughter can sense when something's "not right" about a person. There are only a few people who have ever made her cry just by looking at her, and I have to say, she is SO right to be afraid of them.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Election day is upon us (well, in Japan anyway), and I know I'm not the only one pacing back and forth while biting my nails at the possible outcomes.

It's been quite the remarkable campaign season. I've learned more about my friends' and relatives' political and religious opinions than I ever cared to know. For some, I was pleasantly surprised. For others, I was appalled. I now understand the old adage that family and politics don't mix well (in this case, family/friends and politics).

I look forward to the end of this race. Not only has it added stress to my relationships, but it has greatly shaken my faith - in people, mostly. At the same time though, I think this process has been healthy. It's good to shake things up a bit - to find where people stand, and why they stand there. It's been uplifting seeing apathy change to awareness. It's been inspiring watching people become politically active and trying to educate themselves on the issues and fight for what they think is right. Way to go, America! We did something right!

By the same token, I also look forward to forgetting what everyone's political opinions are. :) And not receiving campaign email forwards like:

"Obama Not Born in the US"
"Surprise Gay Day in California Kindergarten"
"The Church and Prop 8"
"Huntley Brown -- Why I Can't Vote for Obama"

If you want to share your political opinion with me, let's chat. But please don't use my email to send me this nonsense! Trust me, I'll be much more likely to listen if you just talk to me. If it's important enough to you, say it yourself, don't let "forward politics" say it for you. I'll most likely delete it or send it to my junk mail anyway.

Obama has a good chance of winning. I can stop pacing about that. But if Proposition 8 passes, I will be devastated to say the least. Will civil rights triumph over religious bias? Or will dogmatism, fanaticism and injustice run rampant across the nation once again?

Only time will tell.