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red & white

One of my New Years resolutions was to get closer to my Japanese roots, particularly in how we celebrate holidays. Following New Year itself, the first on the list was St. Valentine's Day. As of some decades ago, when Western holidays grew in popularity in Japan, it's tradition for girls/women to give chocolate and other… Continue reading red & white

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survivor II

"I didn't think I'd live this long." I've had that thought a couple times, but it never sunk in as deeply as it did today. I also never shared it with anyone in person (though I feel like I've written about it, maybe here or elsewhere). The whole world is my oyster. The future is… Continue reading survivor II

Journal

shelter in life’s storms

I’d been looking into making song covers, and even original music. I’d been thinking about doing this for years, and for whatever reason, I decided I wanted to try on YouTube though I’m nervous, hehe. There's not much there yet; just a banner, some lyrics I'm working on, translating. One step at a time, though.… Continue reading shelter in life’s storms

Abuse, Recovery

re: trauma

If I were to sum up "trauma" in a word...I'd say "life-altering" is a pretty good one to use. It's something that causes great harm in whatever way the abuse entails, and maybe the worst harm is the harm done to the victim's perspective of reality. When I was growing up, I understood "trauma" from… Continue reading re: trauma

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gaudete

"Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel nascetur pro te Israel! Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!" Another Gaudete Sunday, another day where the priest insists his pink vestments are "rose" (artist note: rose is a darker and more magenta shade of pink than that light pastel pink you have on, Father #sorrynotsorry). It's a bright color for… Continue reading gaudete