Don't get me wrong. I love a clean house. Empty, crumb-free floors; the vague scent of lavender in the air, and the special way my feet make squeaking sounds on the ground as I walk. It's not sticky, there aren't socks under the kitchen table, and everything is put away. It's the stuff of dreams,… Continue reading When the House is Clean, I’m Miserable
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2017/07/10/language/japan-everything-counts-way/#.WWW0BoiGPIW The following link explains all the different ways I have to count things when I use Japanese. I was laughed at for counting a plate the same way you count small animals in Japanese, implying that I had eaten 'three small cats' instead of 'three small meals'. It's entertaining, and unique, to this culture.… Continue reading Language quirks
I'm writing you, and others like you, this open letter. As I write this, you're a healthy if not overly anxious 70 year old man. You were very fortunate growing up, as you rarely had tales of ill health. Heck, YOUR parents are still alive at 94 years old! Vitality and vigour is not something… Continue reading Dear Father-in-law
This blog post is more of a quick cautionary tale than a professional anecdote. However, it has professional applications. Don't put things away while drinking. Here's why; You won't be able to find them again easily. I learned this the hard way when, as Christmas approached one year and I needed to tidy my apartment… Continue reading Don’t Put Things Away While Drinking
After studying Japanese for 10 years, and setting my sights on visiting Japan as my end-goal, we're finally here! I'M GOING TO JAPAN THIS YEAR!! For me, these rewards are what makes the struggle worthwhile. The goal at the end of the task is usually something I assign for myself; and the more challenging the… Continue reading You Can Do It!
Or, 'when an intervention isn't worth the effort', or 'when doing something is worse than doing nothing'. A common issue in HR literature, and HR work in hospitals, is the issue of Strategy fatigue. Strategy Fatigue in management is, essentially, employees and/or customers getting tired of a 'new approach' or a 'new system' being implemented. It… Continue reading Strategy Fatigue
I'm posting this for the use of a few people I know who intend to travel to Japan later this year, and anyone else who is an English speaker but needs to get around in this wonderful, exciting foreign country. *Now with useful edits! I'm not going to post images for this, because there is… Continue reading Japanese Phrases for Travellers