shameless commerce

I’m back in the office today, lots and lots to do, catching up with things from yesterday. It’s kind of fun though and nice to see everyone.

I’ve also had some ideas for this weblog, including adding an about page (see the lefthand side for a link) and in a fit of entrepreneurial something or other, I’ve added a link to Amazon.com, as you’ll see from the unobtrusive graphic to your left. I must deserve it, as I managed to spell entrepreneurial correctly first time. I’ll do my best to use this to let you know about any good books I’m reading, CDs I’m listening to, etc etc.

As a matter of fact, I spent a nice part of yesterday reading Thank You and OK! : An American Zen Failure in Japan. It’s an excellent book at any time, but as it’s very soothing and contemplative it’s ideal if you’re not feeling quite right. I’d never read much about Zen, but over the last little while have heard more and more about it, and liked at least the basic ideas of calmness, consideration and contemplation. I know that there’s a Zen center here in Minneapolis, so who knows, maybe I’ll go along and take a look one day. Plus the book’s interesting to me as he describes being a gaijin (foreigner) in Japan – I spent a couple of weeks there in 1999 visiting my friend Andy who had been there for about four years, and is still there. The pictures of Japanese culture were very familiar to me, even from that short trip, as are the comedies and frustrations of moving country, as I did from Scotland to America. I have no idea how I’d have coped with a whole different language.

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