Miyo’s Tsubuyaki

I may be quiet, but my mind is a chatter box.

Draw A Perfect Curve

Draw A Perfect Curve

One of my pet peeves is those who hit the brake before indicating a turn signal. Clearly, they don’t understand the whole picture.Driving is art. It’s also science...like storytelling. You cannot go too fast or too slow. You need to be attentive to details, but you...

Right People, Right Place

Right People, Right Place

Not everybody has the skill set.Said a senior technician at a dental lab. I was taken back by his statement. It sounded harsh and arrogant, contrary to his benign demeanor. Without consideration for my wince, he smiled and continued,Everybody has a different skill...

Location, Location…or Is It?

Location, Location…or Is It?

Maybe it needs to be closer to the window. Maybe the cardinal direction is not quite right. Does my apartment have the right place for it?After I moved my electric piano to a different location, I played a little bit. Nah, I’m still not feeling it. It needs to find a...

Beautiful Quality Is Not Built in a Day

Beautiful Quality Is Not Built in a Day

On New Year’s Day, I dusted off the ink-stone and ink stick that I hadn’t touched for years, poured water on the stone, and started grinding the ink stick. After grinding for a while, I dipped the brush in the ink and wrote one stroke on a piece of paper. I thought I...

Reality Check — Am I Aging or …?

Reality Check — Am I Aging or …?

This story is not working. I thought recycling was a good topic, but I was wrong. It doesn’t excite me at all.When I was about to toss it out, I had second thoughts.Maybe I need to see it from another angle, like my back pain?Six months ago, back pain attacked me...

Are We Friends?

Are We Friends?

It was one of the regular weekend afternoons from pre-pandemic era—a zillion years ago. I was sitting at the WholeFoods Wine Bar in Venice, people-watching. Then I noticed a familiar face passing by. Where do I know him from? My eyes were locked on him. Oh, I know!...

Craft a Story That Changes People’s Minds

Craft a Story That Changes People’s Minds

Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight mission to orbit, returned to Earth Saturday, September 18, 2021, after spending 48 hours in space. To be honest, I like space in general, but I didn’t understand those who want to go to space. We have the...

Don’t Over-Analyze Your Audience

Don’t Over-Analyze Your Audience

When you tell a story, how do you analyze your audience? Do you read their posture? Or maybe their facial expressions?Sharing a story virtually makes it difficult to read people, doesn’t it? Sometime, you hear the sound of dishes clanking or irrelevant conversations...

You’re the Only One Who Knows Your World!

You’re the Only One Who Knows Your World!

Has anybody told you that they didn’t “get” a part of your story although everything was perfectly clear to you? That’s because not everybody knows your world entirely. We need to be conscious about what people know and what they don’t. After being postponed for one...

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