Mount Fuji, or how I almost died.


This is an old blog I wrote nearly 6 years ago – dear God, has it really been that long? – after climbing Mount Fuji.  When I saw the daily post ‘mountain‘ I couldn’t help but dig it back up.

Mountain climbing really is an amazing experience and re-reading this brought that back in a huge rush.  If you’ve never climbed a mountain, I would highly recommend it.

PS – I actually took that picture!

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Childhood is…

This is a post in response to the daily prompt:  Childhood.

I compiled a list of things that came to mind as soon as I read the word, and it’s in no particular order.  I am sure some of them will relate, depending on your age, and others will have a similar link but a different name.

Still, the idea of childhood brings with it a very visceral response that ignites memories of a day when things seemed so much simpler..

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Daily Post: The Road Less Traveled

Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.

The day was March 11th, 2011.  I was living in a small town, teaching English to junior high school students.  It was their graduation day that day, a whole class of children were moving on to high school in a week.  Many cried, many laughed.  To be honest, up until 2:45 that day, it had been a really good day. 

The graduation finished at around noon and the teachers all headed back to the staff room to pretend to work.  I sat at my desk, typing away as always.  I was trying to put the last touches on the novel I was writing. 

Then it hit.  I heard it coming up through the ground before I felt it, and every sense in my mind told me to run.  I shot up from my desk, slammed my computer shut, and bolted for the door.  The other teachers actually laughed at me. 

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