Deborah Lea English Fun Hour
Were I to live in the world of my choosing, I would be a recluse princess, and my car would be a pegasus. I accept that this is merely a dream and that my dreams should be lived in at most half the time. On weekends, that ratio may be higher, but on weekdays, there are real-world matters which demand my physical and mental presence. This truth is as unfortunate as it is inescapable.
Jun 26, 2005 - 7:58:00 PM
Deborah Lea A Year Already?
The list of things I love about my newest home could run on pages and pages, and would surely try the attention span of even the most patient reader. The list of things I dislike about my new home, on the other hand, is at this point extremely short.
May 23, 2005 - 10:32:00 AM
Deborah Lea A Bed of Weeds
When the sun had finally risen high enough this morning to cast enough light for gardening, I pulled on my shoes and went outside for my third day of battle against The Weeds.
May 7, 2005 - 12:12:00 PM
Deborah Lea Leaving Okayama
Sometimes it seems to me there are only ever goodbyes. This afternoon in rural Okayama, I sit at my desk noticing distantly how light outside falls easily around clouds of many shades and hues.
Apr 23, 2005 - 2:47:00 PM
Deborah Lea The Sounds of Japan
I saw people coming and going from the houses surrounding my own. Their shadows sometimes crossed windows, and sometimes their unshadow selves curiously asked me how I was doing. I knew they existed, but if I had been forced to rely on sound alone, I could only have come to the conclusion no one lived anywhere near me.
Apr 18, 2005 - 2:33:00 PM
Deborah Lea Falling in Love with Japan
As unsuspecting as most naive horror movie victims, I was readily fooled when I met my future boss at the Yamaguchi station. She seemed the epitome of all things good and reasonable - hardly the sort of person I could imagine later saying the following words to: "I don't feel I can be your monkey."
Mar 18, 2005 - 1:11:00 PM
Deborah Lea Arriving in Japan
Scarcely more than a week after my law school graduation, I boarded a plane for Japan with two suitcases and a backpack.
Mar 4, 2005 - 3:42:00 PM
Deborah Lea Leaving LA
There was never a better moment than the last moment to get everything tucked in and squared away.
Feb 19, 2005 - 12:14:00 AM
Deborah Lea Why Japan?
Japan had always held a certain intrigue for me. While I would like to attribute my move here to mystical motivations, the base truth of the matter is this: It was money that drew me here.
Feb 6, 2005 - 10:56:00 PM