Hi! I live in a VERY old farmhouse in central New Hampshire. I'm the mom of four great kids, ages fifteen through twenty- two. We love music, the arts, pop culture (well, some of it!), and foreign cultures…and especially FOOD.
I'm from Honolulu, Hawaii…a gloriously beautiful archipelago smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I grew up watching a lot of anime, speaking Japanese, and not realizing that the rest of America doesn't do either of those things. My first trip to the U.S. mainland was when I flew out to Washington, D.C. for college. I think “culture shock” is an understatement for what I experienced there.
I'm a 1987 graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. I majored in international economics…what was I thinking?! I sampled the Wall Street analyst life for a bit afterwards but very quickly realized that…uh…it wasn't “me.”
I also went to grad school and studied my first love, early Japanese history. I got my master's degree in 1991 from Harvard. I loved my graduate work. I think I could have lived in the Yenching Library forever. But alas, life moves on, and I had to decide between academia and an income. I did some of each, jetting between the University of Chicago and the State Department. I lived in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Egypt, and later on in Ramallah and Jerusalem. I was lucky and got to learn Arabic along the way. The Middle East its wonderful people will always have a special place in my heart.
I've always been on the search for a home where I am perfectly at ease, where I fit seamlessly into the fabric of things, and an all-encompassing, perfect love. Do these things exist? I think they do. I can see it everywhere around me, in the blue sky, the ocean, in Bach's Inventions, and in the lilacs in the spring. For some reason that I cannot understand, I myself am the perennial fish out of water, but God saw fit to give me the ability to see perfection elsewhere and in others. I could interpret this as a cruel hoax, but I don't. I think it's a superpower, and I intend to milk it for all it's worth. I notice when people, places, and things don't quite fit. So I write about people who don't belong, cultural conflicts, and the search for a most perfect, accepting love.
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