Saturday

At work, we are down two teachers in our department so this means that Derek and I have to cover their classes until the other teachers recover. This week, it is difficult because we have the annual athletic meet to practice, practice, practice for on top of regular teaching duties but next week it is difficult because we have a lot of classes on top of a lot of classes. We’ll muscle through but it does mean that I am exhausted at the end of every day and somewhat blank every morning when I wake up, which is when I…

Monday

I counted 42 passengers yesterday in the front car, heading downtown on the streetcar. Of those 42 passengers, 35 were on their screens. I’m not judging them for this ratio, it was just something I noted since it is a rather long ride, especially when you have two impatient young people accompanying you. There are 25 stops between ours and our usual destination and after each one, they subtract and confirm their answer with you, interrupting the essay I was reading in Jia Tolentino’s new book, Trick Mirror. Next to me, a woman whose silver roots overpowered her black tips…

Sunday

Japan is no stranger to disaster. Earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, landslides, flooding, these are all regular elements of life, elements that have made Japan what it is today. I have lived here for twelve years and something terrible has happened at least once a year since I have been here. And yet this storm, watching the flooding right now, I am shattered. I know Japan will recover but there are people in the houses, right now, people who will most likely die if not rescued. But it is too dangerous to rescue them. So we are most likely witnessing, in our…