Toyohashi, Here I Am! Thanksgiving, Here We Are!

“There are moments in life that are bigger than we know it at the time. When you look back, you say, that was one of those life-changing, fork-in-the-road moments and I didn’t even see it coming.”Jenny Han

Happy Thanksgiving, America! To my family, to old and new friends, and to the many people I’ve been privileged to meet and get to know around this world… thank you.
Continue reading


Road Trip: Montana to Salt Lake City

“That’s why I love road trips, dude. It’s like doing something without actually doing anything.” –John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Turns out my wish for a road trip and my need to pursue a work opportunity happened to coincide in the best possible way. I was headed to Salt Lake City on a solo trip, and although it would be over 8 hours of driving time (including the brief stops along the way), I was really looking forward to it.

If you’ve looked at any of my other posts on travel, it’s pretty clear that I always enjoy a good road trip, and growing up in Montana where towns and cities are very far from each other, I’m no stranger to driving by myself for a full day to get to my destination.  Continue reading

Idiom Invaders! (or… English Phraseology, Part Deux)

“I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner.” –Jacques Derrida

Idioms are everywhere… EVERYWHERE!

Nope, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. 🙂

If you’ve been following “Inside Quotations” for a little while, you know I’d decided to start a project to take some of the mystery out of common idioms in everyday American English. Continue reading

“Peace cannot be kept by…”

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
Albert Einstein

From a speech to the New History Society (14 December 1930)
Reprinted “Militant Pacifism” in Cosmic Religion (1931)

Also found in:
“Einstein on Cosmic Religion and other Opinions and Aphorisms”
by Albert Einstein and George Bernard Shaw
(Dover Publications, 23 April 2009) pg. 67

The 17 Best Christmas Songs (in my humble opinion)

“Eve engaged her On Duty sign and stepped out of the car. Immediately her ears were assaulted with a blast of music. Christmas carols pumped, full blast, into the air. She decided that people ran inside, ready to buy anything, just to escape the noise.” –J.D. Robb, Holiday in Death

With so much Christmas music out playing from the radio, inside stores, and everywhere I wander this season, I sometimes find myself way overstimulated. I love Christmas music, but I still retain my preference for good music… okay, at least music I really like. So in the Christmas music spirit Continue reading