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But in Bizarro World, everything is great!

If you live in a democracy, be in touch with your representatives. Even if you live in a country where things are going fine, be in touch and let them know you’re paying attention. It turns out that taking the … Continue reading

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No lip-zipping for you

Until and unless you lead by example, perhaps 世間の口に戸は立てられない (Seken no kuchi ni to wa taterarenai; “You can’t put a door on society’s mouth”) Definition: You can’t stop people from talking. You may not like it when people repeat or … Continue reading

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The law of cause and fruit

Continuing the theme from Sunday’s kotowaza…. 因果応報 in.ga.ou.hou Literally: cause – fruit / reward – answer – news / reward Alternately: The law of karma. What goes around comes around. What returns to you is good or ill depending on … Continue reading

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Year in Review: The Kid in 2016

At the start of 2016 I was a full-time stay-at-home dad. When I had errands to run, I strapped the kid to my chest and walked or got on the bus. He was curious and observant, but couldn’t express himself … Continue reading

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Of petards and self-inflicted hoisting

自縄自縛 ji.jou.ji.baku Literally: self – rope – self – bind Alternately: Falling into your own snare. Painting oneself into a corner. Suffering because you’ve locked yourself into a (bad) situation through your own words and actions. Stripping away your own … Continue reading

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Dance like nobody’s watching

縁の下の舞 ((e)n no shita no mai; “dance below the veranda”) Definition: Working hard to support someone from out of sight; doing a thankless task. By extension, someone in an unacknowledged position who is nonetheless of use and help. A power … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – God-eaters – The Progenitor

The Progenitor (Mother; the Black Fish of the Woods with Nine Billion Young) Description: The Progenitor is a mottled, sticky mass of dark colors shot through with streaks of red and pale yellow. It rolls through the woods at a … Continue reading

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