The Secret World of Arrietty

There once was a mother who longed for the suburban Japan she’d once lived in: a Hayao Miyazaki universe of lush gardens where camellias grew wild around and the chorus of tree frogs was deafening. The woman had to leave Hayama and return to American with her husband. They became parents. But because the children … Read more

The Kizuna Coast

I’ve heard the following comments in my house earlier this weekend (and a hundred other times). “You promised.” “You said!” “You can’t change your mind.” My children obviously have been taught to stand by their word. But what to do when one’s conscience says that a decision should be undone? Four years ago, I finished … Read more