Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bow?… Wow! – Is Feminism Alive in Japan?

Tokyo blue boy

“DID YOU FIND everything you were looking for?” asks our friendly cashier at Trader Joe’s as my Blue Eyed man and I unload our shopping cart. Auto-replying “yes, thank you”, my interest is piqued by the gleam of a chrome bathtub chain hairband embellishing her crestfallen purple mohawk coiffure. It is most original. Why original? …

Pump Up The Volume – When Aging Parents Need Hearing Aids

Hearing aid

‘I GUESS your grandmother was right, Pussycat’, my mother ruefully admits in the car on the way to get fitted for a hearing aid. “That certain something that annoys you about another person is exactly what will afflict you.” After years of kvetching about having to constantly repeat herself to my father, my mother’s ear infection…

Snake Eyes – Eye Exam For The LIttle Girl In You

Snake Eyes

‘TELL ME,’ ASKS MY YOUTHFUL new ophthalmologist during my eye exam, ‘how on earth did you get such a deep scratch on your cornea?’ Searching ancient personal history I recall,  “When I was about three years old I remember sitting at the dining table, drawing.  My mother was upstairs and my creative self decided to make a…

Ménage à Trois – Is It Okay To Be Friends With Your Ex?

Hula Hoop

THE first thing I notice as I peek through the glass lobby door of the evening’s show venue is the lily-white skin of a woman’s bare derièrre. She has her back to me and is chatting up one of the guest in the lobby… Okay, she is wearing a teeny-tiny thong. Upon entering the lobby…