TWOsday Treats

Knitters1) Coffee Shop Conversation

If you haven’t had the pleasure, I encourage you to stop by a local coffee shop, especially during daytime hours.  That’s when all the interesting “entrepreneurs” (like me) appear… or knitting groups.

This morning, I was serenaded by a table of 6 knitters knitting, ranging in age from about 32-72.  “Knit one, pearl two, attach this, loosen that…”

2) Resilient spirit of the Japanese

In high school, I had an amazing Japanese pen pal.  I only wish I had one of her letters now, complete with address.  We used to send mix tapes to one another of popular songs in our respective countries, talked about our families, our unique cultures, and even exchanged birthday gifts.  I’d love to compare stories today.  Above all, I hope that she and her family are well.

The Japanese culture is certainly unique.  After a natural disaster of epic proportions, there is still a strong sense of social order in Japan.  You’ll find people standing in line for hours with their children at grocery stores with such a sense of calm, I can’t even imagine.  On my best day with the twins, I don’t think I could duplicate that.

“There is no question the Japanese respond well to this kind of catastrophe, but even if it looks remarkable from the outside, it’s not new,” said Carol Gluck, a professor of modern Japanese history at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute. “It’s not cultural or religious — it is a historically created social morality based on a response to the community and social order.”

“It’s not that the Japanese are naturally passive and obedient,” she said. “There is a historically created social value to it. People uphold it. It works. Someone leaves something in the subway and they get it back. When you find something you give it to the lost and found.” READ MORE>>

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