Author Archives: Doug

About Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

Celebrating Christmas at Leavenworth

Hello, Recently, my family and I did a day-trip (higaeri in Japanese, 日帰り) to the town of Leavenworth to enjoy Christmas. Leavenworth is in Washington state, but it’s on the other side of the Cascade Mountains, so we have to … Continue reading

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Sakura Blossoms in December

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to share some photos my wife took. Last week, we attended Sunday Service at the local Buddhist temple, and in the parking lot we noticed these cherry blossoms. I was holding Little Guy, so my … Continue reading

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Understanding Buddhism through Donuts

I found this on Twitter recently: For @cathyby & @bowmanthebard MT @Glendenning_L: Heh. "Philosophy through doughnuts" pic.twitter.com/yCMQwcREbt — Liam Hogan (@Limerick1914) September 21, 2014 This is a whiteboard-list of Western philosophers and a summary of their ideas using donuts. For … Continue reading

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Talking to my Daughter about Ferguson

Every night, when Little Guy is asleep, I sit with my seven-year-old daughter and read books or play Legos. Recently she asked me about Ferguson. Until now, we didn’t really talk about violence or racial issues around our children because … Continue reading

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Introducing the Kokinshu

Hi Everyone, Some readers might remember that I am a fan of Japanese waka (和歌) poetry. Waka poetry, is an older form of poetry that came before haikus. When people think of Japanese poetry, they often think of haikus, but … Continue reading

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Frustrated with the Heisig Method

As readers probably remember, I started learning Japanese kanji using the Heisig method almost 3 years ago. Some people can learn all 2,200 kanji in 4-6 weeks but I work full-time and raised a daughter so progress was much slower … Continue reading

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Adventures in New York and New Jersey

Hi Everyone, If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I was gone last week on a business trip to New Jersey and New York. The business trip has nothing to do with the blog, and isn’t … Continue reading

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