Phone Charge Anxiety

While traveling home from London on Saturday evening, the battery on my mobile phone died - much to the amusement of my eldest daughter, who I had accompanied for the day. I will admit that it was likely all my own fault - since getting an iPhone, I have been installing anything and everything - …

Black Cats

It's now a couple of weeks since we said goodbye to Sam, and whispered conversations have begun to gather pace around the house - wondering if George, the remaining brother, might be lonely - and wondering if we might start looking for some company for him. The conversations turned into telephone calls late last week, …

HyperJapan

I'm catching the early train to London tomorrow morning with Miss 18 - we are visiting HyperJapan - an expo of everything to do with Japanese culture - food, art, movies, music, clothes, manga, anime, cosplay, and so on. It’s all my fault apparently - for getting her started on Studio Ghibli movies, and manga …

Disappointed

While noodling around on the web this evening, I looked at a few of the more famous "A-List" blogs - to see if they are still going - and if their writing is still as interesting, entertaining, and thought provoking as I remembered. I'll admit to wondering what their secret sauce might be. This is …

Nearing the Summit

I'm not really sure why I'm trying to write fifty thousand words during November any more - I'm just kind of "doing it", because I thought it would be a romantic, or eccentric thing to do - something to tick off the bucket list. In the days before starting, in late October, I remember worrying …

Halfway There

It feels like I've broken the blogging or journaling habit. While writing upwards of two thousand words a day for "National Novel Writing Month", it hasn't even occurred to me to write about daily life. I sit down at the old Macintosh late on an evening, type like a crazed lunatic for an hour, and …

Watching From Afar

The last 24 hours have been an interesting experience - watching results roll in from the American mid-term elections. I have no part in the circus - I live on the other side of the world - and should really be worrying about the ridiculous situation my own country finds itself in. And yet here …

Goodbye Sam

While running back and forth through the hallway to our front door last Thursday, Sam sat in the way - cleaning himself. He didn't seem too keen to move, and we just thought he was being belligerent. On Friday night, I noticed him walk past me in the kitchen, with a wet patch next to …