A New Year


It’s been a slow-moving year at The Global Reader, but I’m still here, and still reading. Cooking, not so much but that’s for another post on another day…

I hope to map many more miles in 2017; it’s at the top of my resolution list, and I’m optimistic my actions will match my goals.

Right away in January I’ll be reading about Japan, and then circling back to a couple of previously-visited countries. Singapore was one of my first stops, and I totally dropped the ball. That’s ridiculous; words will be read, and food will be cooked. I’ll also stop back by Guinea-Bissau. I’m a much better book sleuth now, and it’s a place that I want to know more about than something written 25 years ago…

So, those are a few of my thoughts about this blog that I care about very much. Thanks for following along this journey with me. I appreciate the time you spend here, and hope to make it a more vibrant place to visit. Happy New Year!!!


Country #37: JAPAN!!!

I’m so excited about this next one that I’ve actually delayed digging in…why do some of us do those sorts of things to ourselves? Anyway.


I admit to a life-long obsession with Japan. My dad lived there for a few years before he married my mom, and some of my earliest memories are the stories he told me about it. He was in Gunma Prefecture, up in the mountains…tales of hot springs, the shrines, the villages…pretty much set the stage for the best daydreams for an already day-dreamy kid.

Mt. Haruna caldera
Mt. Haruna. Caldera and Lake Haruna
(image by By Mass Ave 975 (Taken by Mass Ave 975) via Wikimedia Commons)











Any yet, somehow, I still haven’t seen it all myself. That’s one of the reasons I’m so thrilled by Japan popping up as my pick now; 2017 is the year I hope to make the journey. An auspicious sign, yes?

Since speed is obviously not a thing with this blog, I might just linger here for awhile…