How I Found Magic & Lasting Friendship in a Japanese Ryokan
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Chikako Takada: Renaissance woman. Ryokan proprietor. Opera lover. Friend of many. When I first met Chikako Takada, I was most impressed by her non-stop energy and enthusiasm towards life. At just … Read More

How You Can Turn Tragedy into Unparalleled Opportunity
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“What do we talk about?” I knew this was a pivotal moment, but I didn’t yet understand my role. These thoughts came to me as we sat on the porch of … Read More

How To Make Small Gestures Count For Good
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Never underestimate the value of small gestures when you are relating cross-culturally. I learned this lesson well in my relationship with my Lebanese friend, Daria. We began our relationship through … Read More

Finding a Way to Faith, Hope & Reconnection: Mariette
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Little did we know then that a little girl would become the point of reconnection for us to a special memory decades old. Indeed, Mariette’s smile was a treat nearly every … Read More

Early Morning Walks in Kupang: Lessons Learned
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One morning before daybreak we ventured out on a walk to discover the area around our temporary, but new, “home.” We were staying for a couple months on the outskirts of the small … Read More