What Itadakimasu Means

What Itadakimasu Means

My wife and I visited Japan in 2016. We spent 10 whirlwind days exploring Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, and their surrounding areas. It was a wonderful trip, and someday, we hope to return, exploring more of the rural areas. Some evenings I watch NHK World, the English-language version of Japan’s NHK News channel. It’s similar in…

Learn Something New

Learn Something New

Cooking fascinates me. Ok, let’s be honest, food fascinates me. Cooking is the means to get to the food. Though, I do enjoy cooking. The process engages a different form of creativity from my usual writing. To some degree, cooking and writing a similar. They both have a basic framework of rules to understand and…

Plant a seed (or two). ?

Did you know the same chia seeds you buy in the grocery store for smoothies can be planted in your yard? I learned this the other day while playing with my Grogu Chia Pet. Yes, I bought a Grogu Chia Pet after seeing the commercial on Jeopardy!. What of it? Chia grows extremely fast. That…

Let it soak. ??

I was waiting for a washing machine delivery earlier this week. While waiting (and after I read the product manual online) I sent out a question to The Writing Cooperative Facebook group. I asked, “How do you clean up your writing?” The answers were a mixture of editing tools and techniques. Though, one person got…

I’m a Farmer Now

I’m a Farmer Now

When my wife and I purchased our house nine years ago, the backyard was an unexplored jungle. The weeds were four feet tall and so thick we weren’t 100% sure how deep the yard went. I called a landscaper friend and he spent four hours and filled a dump trailer with the remains of our…

The Hamburger Method Evolved

The Hamburger Method Evolved

I wrote my first persuasive essay while staring at a cartoon hamburger. While gesturing to the individual ingredients that made up a neon hamburger on the overhead projector, my elementary school teacher explained the “Hamburger Method” of writing a persuasive essay. The Hamburger Method starts with the top bun: the introductory paragraph and main point….