This view from the trees comes from an author and teacher-librarian living in Japan. The tree that I was climbing taught me about the culture of Japan, the joys and agonies of educational systems, and the blessing of strong limbs. The tree that I am climbing now, invoIves building up an organization, JOEE.jp, that brings free English lessons into orphanages and protective care homes in Japan. I train teacher-volunteers to provide lessons that use songs, games and puppets to engage the learners.
I value education, creativity, compassion and justice. When all four are found within the walls of a single classroom, miracles happen. Besides values of cerebrum and soul, I also understand the value of soaking in a natural outdoor hot spring (rotenburo) while snow collects softly on one’s head.
While I listen more than I talk, I still talk more than I write. Work needs to be done to correct this imbalance. I have gone out on a limb to publish my first illustrated children’s story. Ignoring all traditional publishing paths, I started with a digital version of the book and am working backwards towards a print version. The second “Beloved of Beasts” book is under construction. Life is always an adventure when you’re swinging through the trees.
I am lovingly encouraged and supported by three great kids, and a tech-savvy husband.