Big news out of Japan today! The city of Osaka approved a gay couple to be foster parents in what is believed to be the first such case in the country. I’m so proud to be living in the Kansai region 🙂
Read more from the Japan Times.
I hope to write a post soon about being gay in Japan!
Today I went to see a famous giant flowering-plum (Prunus mume) on the south of Awaji Island near Minami-Awaji city. Though the tree may look ancient Continue reading
Not that I have many followers, but I feel guilty for not posting since June—guilty to myself for not better capturing the last 8 amazing months. I’ve taken thousands of pictures, but pictures without a narrative is kind of like investigating a crime scene that had no witnesses, it’s hard to get the whole story. But “A picture’s worth a thousand words!” they say. Yes, I completely agree, as in “I really need to write a thousand words so I don’t forget what was happening in this picture!”
I do need to write more. I find writing to be so refreshing and cathartic, much like how I enjoy playing the piano to unwind and massage the stress knots out of my mind. But I think writing is more like stretching than massaging. Continue reading
Living in the Cotswolds, I am constantly reminded of the surrounding landscape which was an inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien. This is exceptionally apparent to me in the countless ancient trees I have stumbled upon in just my two weeks of having been here. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Some of us are just born different.
A rogue tulip I noticed at Westbury Court Garden; Gloucestershire, UK
Hey all! Sorry for the long hiatus on here; I had been quite busy getting ready for the big move. I’ll be enjoying my time in the Cotswolds for the next few months! The scenery is absolutely stunning, and I can’t wait to see more of it. I have to say though, the public footpaths through pastures and fields are really throwing me off. My deeply entrenched American culture of land ownership and privacy makes me feel so wrong every time I cut through a field; I keep waiting for some farmer to come out and chase me off his land with a shotgun.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, same-sex parents raise kids just as happy and healthy as straight parents do. To read a layman’s version of the study, check out this article.
One more step toward reducing discrimination against same-sex parents.
*raises glass to science*
Earlier this week I went to my doctor to have an STD screening and I wanted to take the opportunity to encourage you all to do so too! It is so easy to schedule an appointment, and the testing process takes less than half an hour. It is especially important if you are sexually active, to be screened regularly.
Here are a few helpful links to learn more: Continue reading
Believe is or not, Pocahontas was one of my favorite movies as a kid 🙂 For a good laugh, check out Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious lip sync starting at 6:00.