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That was my introduction on April 1, 2019. Fifty-two posts later, we are moving forward into our third year. Although the current availability of places to visit and things to try have been limited, we hope to join everyone soon like a wave of energy, flowing toward all things new, and also everything old that will seem new again.
“When I began to clean my closet and clear my head what impressed upon me pure as crystal were the shiny memories of sitting in hotel restaurants or cozy cafes—my world a world away—and all my cares invested in my affordable cup and sweet set. I did bring Japan back home with me. I treasured most my experiences of luxuriating on an afternoon in Japan with simple refreshments. I had found the luxury in simple things.”
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I want to recognize all the places visited and things tried: Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Modus Coffee Roasting Company, Japan, Zwift, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), Lake County Forest Preserves, College of Lake County, Special Bee Products, Copper Fiddle Distillery, Light the Lamp Brewery, Fyren Gin from Copper Fiddle Distillery, Peet’s Coffee, Troubador Bakery, Winnetka, “Home Alone”, The Bahá’í House of Worship, Oak & Bond Coffee, Universal Yums, Grand Sumo on NHK World-Japan, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Chicago Botanic Garden, Mary Mix McDonald Woods, Baileys Original Irish Cream, Guinness Draught, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Kerrygold Irish Cheddar.
I want to thank everyone who helped make year one possible: Lisa, Julie, Michelle, Roy and Adele, my mom, “Movie” Sue, my family in Japan, Ed, Dan, Angela, the bees, Andrew, Jim, Ryan, Tracy, Samantha (Sam), Scott, Kristie, the cardinal, and all the winter animals. If I forgot anyone else, I thank you too.
Let’s take this time to slow down, look inward, clean our closets and clear our heads.
What you gonna do when things go wrong?
What you gonna do when it all cracks up?
What you gonna do when the Love burns down?
What you gonna do when the flames go up?
Who is gonna come and turn the tide?
What’s it gonna take to make a dream survive?
Who’s got the touch to calm the storm inside?
Who’s gonna save you?
—Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mick MacNeil
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