The four-minute red light…

…that went from red to green and back about five times before the truck in front of us finally pulled into the intersection. We were out looking for the best route to my son’s factory, who just got his license and started work today.

The four minute part is condensed down to 30 seconds. I tacked on my Japan commute that I posted a couple months ago, for comparison sake. I like driving, but hate driving in traffic- which I guess nowadays means I often hate driving. Getting around by bicycle and train around here is pretty smooth, however.

museum visit

Fumie said, “Owen and Allen finally finally got art projects chosen for display.”


-Yeah, Una used to get her stuff put up all the time, but this is the first time the boys were selected. You better get down to the art museum tomorrow if you want to see it.

So I did. We had a Tuesday off at work, so there were few patrons at the museum. Paying adult patrons, anyway. Three classrooms worth of 2nd graders came in, however.

Here’s a sampling of some of the jr. high art on display (click the pic for larger view):



mochi art




wood carving and decals/trade marks



abstract and creative kanji


Nakagori jr. high display 1. Allen’s is bottom row, 3rd from right. Owen’s is bottom row, far right. Allen’s is about the dangers of internet access on iphones (caption, “They’re looking for you!”), and Owen’s is the admonition, “Don’t run for the train!”



self-portraits and potato chip bag design (Nakagori display 2)



architecture and silhouett





The local critics.


The pond in front of the art museum.

New books out!


This summer/fall (2016) my two latest books were published on Amazon!

Would You Rather Walk your Dog in Heaven is part 2 in the Would You Rather series. Gloriously illustrated by the super-talented Jim Steck.  Check it out here:


And here is my first coloring book, The Story of Humpty and Dumpty:


Happy Reading!