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Azumino: The Japanese Alps

April 26, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This past weekend my son, Gerard, and I went to a most beautiful area of Japan, specifically Azumino City in Nagano Prefecture. The XVIII Winter Olympics were held in Nagano in 1998. So this event tells you the area is impressively mountainous. It also explains why the region is called... read more

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Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving: Seven Tips

January 14, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving: Nothing is more difficult. If you travel, you are going to give gifts and receive gifts. Here are a few things to know: Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving Tip #1: I’ve heard the story of a businessman from Connecticut who was invited to the wedding of his Chinese partner’s daughter. The... read more

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Motoring around Saigon: Book Research

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm Published by 1 Comment

In 2012 I spent six months in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. My goal, as a linguist, was to overcome my fear of a tone language. Vietnamese is a language with six tones. Yikes! I took private lessons at a Vietnamese language school four hours a day, five days... read more

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BDSM: The Forest Breeze Series

September 5, 2014 4:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Stories in the flourishing BDSM subgenre feature clubs with elaborate etiquette and protocols. There are strict rules for how subs address Doms. Subs tend to arrive in proper undress, and they leave their shoes at the door. Play is confined to designated areas. Any scening outside of those areas is... read more