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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….

130 Year Old Sushi in Tokyo

130 Year Old Sushi in Tokyo

On a side street in Ginza — Tokyo’s wealthiest district — just around the corner from a supercar gallery is Sushiko Honten’s modest store front. We enter to a small sushi counter that is full of patrons. The light-wood interior is equally modest given the high-end neighborhood. Sushiko Honten is Tokyo’s second-oldest sushi establishment. The restaurant first opened its…

Oh My Okonomiyaki!

Oh My Okonomiyaki!

Our first day in Japan, my wife and I visited the amazing Himiji Castle west of Osaka. The castle was built in the fourteenth century by people used to walking everywhere. Living in the suburbs of Florida, I am not conditioned to walking everywhere — let alone at elevation. We arrived back in Osaka with tired legs…

Lost in Vermont

Lost in Vermont

Living in Florida, our seasons consist of summer and slightly cooler summer. Fall is when the humidity drops low enough to open a window. This usually occurs sometime in November. Carla is from Northern Virginia. She grew up experiencing colorful leaves and brisk air. Five years of endless summer in Florida, while nice, began to…