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Goodbye to a Precious Companion
Tuesday, September 10, 2019      46 comments

I woke Sunday morning with intense dread, not wanting to get up and face what the day had in store. Our precious canine companion, our treasured sweetheart Joey, had died the evening before, after lingering for seven weeks after losing the use o... Read more
Staying Awake
Sunday, May 26, 2019      35 comments

I got good grades in school, but I sure am a slow learner when it comes to real life, particularly eating. I don't know why at age 62 I haven't been able to get my act together and become a "normal" eater, but I'm not sure if it does any good to... Read more
Unplanned Giving
Monday, October 29, 2018      40 comments

Did you know that a lot of people lose their lives in the final moments of a rescue, when a happy ending seems assured? With a lifeline within reach, they think they're out of danger and lower their guard, only to be swept away by the raging wat... Read more
Heaven on Earth
Saturday, October 27, 2018      42 comments

Last week, I took a trip to Colorado from my home here in Japan. I was invited to my nephew's wedding several months ago and at first responded "no" to the RSVP. It's such a long trip (about twenty hours, counting travel time to the airport and ... Read more
Committed to Tracking as Training
Saturday, August 18, 2018      35 comments

I have been wishy-washy about whether or not it's good to track food. When I first joined SparkPeople, and before I started participating in the community, I lost twenty pounds by using the tracking feature on this site. Tracking worked ve... Read more
Update on Sister
Saturday, August 18, 2018      32 comments

Dear Friends, Just wanted to write to follow up on some stories I shared earlier this year. Thank you to all who've asked me to write again. It means a lot to me that you are interested in my story and willing to listen. This letter is for... Read more
Story Lines
Wednesday, April 25, 2018      41 comments

Lots of things have kept me from blogging these past few weeks--an upsetting episode related to my older daughter's emotional problems, my own what's-the-use despondency in response, house renovations, disposal of all the stuff we don't need, re... Read more
Nephew Update: Attitude Is Everything
Monday, January 15, 2018      49 comments

My dear Spark Friends, Just a quick note because I have to get ready for my trip to the US. I'm leaving home the day after tomorrow for South Carolina and then Florida, and I haven't packed or done any preparation whatsoever! (Panic City he... Read more
Update on Nephew--Good News!
Friday, December 29, 2017      49 comments

My dear SparkFriends, I don't have time to write much right now, as everybody's home, and we're having a celebratory feast this evening. We waited until Mari came home from Tokyo before we cook the Christmas turkey. And I'm way behind in my... Read more
Hoping for a Miracle at Christmas
Sunday, December 24, 2017      49 comments

Dear Spark Friends, Thank you so much for your all your comments and messages on my blog and Spark page. I have treasured every single one, but have been unable to reply to many in the last two or three weeks. So much is going on here, most... Read more
It's Time to Struggle
Tuesday, November 28, 2017      48 comments

If you've been a compulsive overeater for most of your life, and then you suddenly stop overeating compulsively, it won't be long before you figure out why you ate compulsively for so many years. If you have made a true commitment to stop a... Read more
O Is for Ordinary Odds and Ends
Saturday, September 30, 2017      44 comments

I've been suffering from writer's block and a dull mind, so I'm not going to try to write anything extraordinary today. I'm just going to make a list of what's been going on, because some of y'all have kindly reached out, asking me about some si... Read more
N is for Not Quitting
Monday, July 17, 2017      50 comments

Because I've been absent from SP so much recently, it may have seemed as if I'm about to quit, but that's not the case at all! So much is going in real life that it's been very hard to make time to sit down here and catch up, and since I'm affli... Read more
M Is for the Miracle of the Purple Shoe
Sunday, July 02, 2017      53 comments

This happened back when we lived near the city center of Tokyo, more than twenty years ago. My son and daughter were small, and my mother and godmother were coming to Japan the next day for a two-week visit. We lived in a cramped but new and cle... Read more
L Is for Learning to Cope
Monday, May 08, 2017      45 comments

Healthy trends usually don't last long for me, but I'm almost three weeks into this one and holding steady. I'm not hungry. I'm not tempted. Driving my husband home from the subway station at night, if he asks me to stop at the convenience store... Read more

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