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Thomas Dillon
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Mar 2, 2013
All lost in the lost-and-found
I'd lost my keys.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Feb 23, 2013
Driving me crazy
Next to my house lies a carpet of land not flat enough to resist puddles and not sandy enough to attract cats.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Feb 1, 2013
Who is that masked woman?
I lay in bed with a woman with a mask on her face.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jan 19, 2013
Signs of Kansai
At the end of lunch with an old friend, I point out yet another hole in my Swiss cheese knowledge of Japan.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jan 5, 2013
When in doubt, keep running
My buddy grinds his teeth and says, "You know what irks about this country?"
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Dec 15, 2012
A peek inside the cave
The term "man cave" has been added to the dictionary. At last.
LIFE
Dec 1, 2012
When the past catches up
"Ha ha! I can't believe it's you!"
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Dec 1, 2012
When the past catches up
"Ha ha! I can't believe it's you!"
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Nov 17, 2012
A little bit of telephone talk
"I see," I say. And then I say, "I see." And a few more times as well.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Nov 3, 2012
In the valley of the uncanny
I am at this bar, see, and with me are two friends.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Oct 20, 2012
Then and now
I remember well my first Halloween in Japan, mostly because I was invited to speak about it at a junior high.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Oct 6, 2012
Digging for things to do
One of life's little facts: "Every man needs a hobby."
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Sep 22, 2012
Mobile phones on mannerless mode
And here I thought mobile phones couldn't get any worse.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Sep 8, 2012
Where the skies are not cloudy all day
Recently I once again journeyed back to the gentle plains of my Midwestern home, this time with my younger son in tow.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Aug 25, 2012
A plan for a healthy TV diet
The world is going to pieces. I know because the television told me so. Global warming, economic meltdown, regional conflicts, partisan politics, Justin Bieber. Is there anything good happening? Anywhere?
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Aug 11, 2012
The race to be at rest
"Japanese are supposed to be polite. It's a defining part of the national character."
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jul 28, 2012
The buzz about cicadas
Japan is entering cicada season, so let me start with a modest observation:
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jul 14, 2012
The fear of phobias
A peek at "The Phobia List," a webpage cataloging the accrued fears of our mighty human race, finds a list of over 500 documented phobias.
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jun 30, 2012
Where the wild things aren't
"I have this idea to get rich quick," says this friend. Like me, he is underwhelmed by his Japanese income. Unlike me, he still has dreams. He also has my attention. For we all want to get rich and "quick" is by far the preferred method. But then he says . . .
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / WHEN EAST MARRIES WEST
Jun 23, 2012
When generations pass on the street
I see him first. The new guy in town. He's just popped out of a convenience store and has turned in my direction. The walkway pinches in and the only way he can avoid me is to freeze in his tracks and spin around. We are destined to pass.

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