Welcome to my website – it’s South Meets East: Fried chicken and Sushi, magnolias and cherry blossoms, cut off shorts and kimonos. Haiku, recipes, Samurai, romance – oh my! I’ve been writing since I was 6 and cooking since I was knee high to my papa and had to stand on a chair to watch him cooking. I am a trained chef but escaped that scene to cook food I love for those I love. I became interested in Japan – history, food, culture when I was 11. On a field trip to the Smithsonian for school, I escaped the gaggle of screaming kids and wandered. In the wanderings I discovered the Freer gallery and happy day! discovered Hokusai’s Great Wave on guest exhibit. I stood enthralled in front of that small woodprint and was instantly captured by the detail and life. Japan nestled in my heart from that day forward.
I am a Southern woman and was born into an old and eccentric Southern family; not like those dark and tortured families by Faulkner but more like the Addams Family if they spoke with a drawl, complete with odd relatives and odder friends. I am known for my fried chicken, tater salad, Japanese Cotton Cheesecake, sunomono, and nanner pudd’n. I write classic haiku, “free range” poetry, some fiction, some musings, and about cooking and family. But sometimes, a bit twisted. After all, Addams Family, y’all.
I am also a woman of the world having traveled extensively, several times to Japan and Europe and across the US and Canada. I make my own udon and sushi. I am a woman of the universe being a true geek and follower of Star Wars, Star Trek and have a couple of Next Gen style uniforms in my closet (engineering services). String theory and origami make me equally happy and sometimes my humor is not quite…..normal. My poetry isn’t that good but I keep trying. Please comment and let me know! I wrote my first haiku when I was six and there is a story about that. Some Interests are Cell Phone Photography , cooking, and food history. In my past I have done food photography and styling – freelance, bartended, autopsy photographer, ballroom dancing instructor, chef, and most recently, retired infrastructure engineer. Because I am only 4’10”, a katana is too long for me; therefore I wield a wakizashi: her name is Minimakaze (South Wind). I go back to school in May for Pharmacy! (When Life throws you Lemons post.) I am married to a wonderful man who is every bit as odd as I.
I hope you will visit often and will follow my blog; it’s an odd mixture but that’s okay. Be welcome, be blessed and leave behind some of the happiness you bring (thank you Bram Stoker for giving those words to Dracula).
NOTE ABOUT AWARDS: Effective 03/01/14 I am no longer accepting awards. I decided instead of accepting or forwarding awards, I would instead take the time to make more comments and to reblog posts to show my appreciation for another blogger’s post. . But….I’m not giving up the Inner Peace award given to me by Clowie (WordPress blog: Clowie’s Corner). She said it was how it made her feel when she visited my blog. That is how I want you to feel – peaceful and welcomed. I keep this award as a reminder about my blogging goal: to connect, to help spread some kindness and grace in this often times unkind world, to make people smile, to encourage and be encouraged, to share good food and good times – to have an online virtual teahouse or coffeehouse where we can meet, talk, get to know one another. This award serves as an active reminder of why I blog. ()
So y’all come up on the porch and set a spell… grins to you all.