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Tender Heart Heals Your Broken Heart

I want that kind of face with a huge smile. I admire her gentle heart. Her smile reminds me of autumn sunset. Cindy was sitting and waiting for me to meet up for a coffee that morning. She was looking at her phone and reading something. Even from the distance, I could see her kind eyes and lips were forming my favorite shape. Smile. I approached to her and she looked up. Her smile got bigger and that made me choke. My throat got tighten and my eye welled up. I wanted to cry, but I didn’t. She is a great hugger too. She held me the way I wanted to be held (of course, I didn’t realize that until she did). As soon as I started hearing her soothing voice, my emotion got flooded. I told her my struggles. She showed her empathy, understanding and shared her own struggles. She was there. I mean, she really exited and showed up to heal my broken heart. She did not lose her smile even when we …

Today’s HONY (Humans of New York): Jackson’s Father

“My wife and I are divided about whether it was inevitable, or if something caused it, but we do have video of Jackson at 18 months, coming up to the camera and talking. But soon afterward his language stopped developing, and eventually he lost the language skills he already had. He stopped responding to his name. You could even bang pots and pans behind him, and he wouldn’t respond. But when we tested his hearing, it was fine. People would say: ‘Boys develop later.’ Or ‘Don’t worry, my daughter didn’t begin talking until she was three.” But we knew it was something more. This was twenty years ago, so the doctors didn’t even know what to tell us. The head of pediatrics at Columbia met with us, and said: ‘Let me do some research on autism and I’ll get back to you.’ We started to worry that Jackson might never progress. Around this time, I overheard some acquaintances worrying that their four-year-old son might be gay. It made me so mad. I thought: ‘Give me …

Sunday Bloody Mary: Terra Plata

That morning started off so dramatically with Hitomi’s homemade miso, all the food we ordered at Terra Plata ended up being a blur and not that impressive.  We ordered Steak and Salad with Chimichurri sauce and Tuna Nicoise Salad.  To be completely frank, I do not remember details of it.  If it was really bad, I would totally remember and write about that.  It must have been OK.  It seems like it is a very popular spot so there must be something special to attract clients.  I will give it another try and come back with my real thoughts as what I think of the food at Terra Plata. Oh, they served a wonderful Bloody Mary!

food+coffee+books+travel+dogs+music: my life

Weekends are great.  I usually have insane weekdays so I love to have little moments make me realize I have such a fruitful and joyous life.  Food, coffee, books, travel, dogs, and music make me happy and I realize that I have it all.  I do. Seattle offers such wonderful coffee joints like Stumptown Coffee Roaster which is from Portland, OR .  My stubborn, overweight Chihuahua waiting for Archie to return to his car.  We were waiting outside of Stumptown while he was getting coffee for us. I am reading this book to prepare for my trip to Kyoto in April.  The title of this book is “Alleys of Kyoto” While I am writing this, I am listening to Damien Rice (one of living geniuses)’s raw and heart wrenching voice. I cannot be happier.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Alphabet Questions: G-L

G – Greatest place on earth?:  home H – Hometown?:  I was born in Yokohama, I – Ice cream flavor?:  Balsamic strawberry at Molly Moon’s J – Jellybean flavor?:  n/a K – Kissed someone?:  yes and it is nice.  You all should try it. L- Longest friendship?:  25 years.  She is the most beautiful person alive on this planet.