Everyone has advice on ways to stay healthy. I’m supposed to eat kale, and huff turmeric. I can eat any old potatoes but nothing other than organic strawberries. No more bacon? Puh-leeze. I walk every day, but now I find out I’m supposed to do this at different speeds to keep my body confused. Well […]

Habits Kick Back

Prescription drugs are so common in the future they’re called supplements, and dispensed at meals like side dishes. Just like everyone else, Luna takes pills to curb her appetite, increase her memory, focus her concentration, improve her mood, even suppress her sex drive. By her sophomore year in college, however, she’s beginning to wonder what […]

Hello Kitty

When I was a teenager . . . oh, let’s not go there. Suffice it to say that when I was in Japan recently, I was a little taken aback by current teen fashions. There’s no better place to see what the youth of Japan are up to than in Harajuku. It starts at Takeshita […]

Crazy train

A recollection from my youth. My Uncle Jim was coming to visit us by train, so my father took my older brother and sister and me to Waterloo, Indiana (population 2,000), to meet him at the station. I was maybe seven years old; it was some time in the 50s. The train station was small, […]

Eww! He’s nibbling between my toes!

Flesh eating fish. Yes, it’s true. In Japan, you can stick your feet in a pool of water, and tiny flesh-eating fish will immediately swarm over your feet and nibble. The sensation this causes is nearly intolerable at first. Tickly – creepily intolerable.  But once you have endured the first couple minutes, you become entranced […]