A note to my friend Robin explains what I've been up to recently: (also see this post at her blog with paintings by the Japanese kids she's teaching)
Hi Robin! Many travels lately - we had the wonderful 30th
Anniversary celebration for Seido karate earlier this month, people from
all over the world - Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa,
Jamacia, Poland, Germany, UK, Brazil, US - came to Columbia U in NYC for
five days of special seminars and classes, and a charity benefit
tournament. I even met some folks from Osaka; now if I get back over
there for a while, as I hope to eventually, I might have some people to
play with. It was a *wonderful* gathering!
Then I was off to the Free Spirit Gathering, one of those pagan
things I go to each summer, dancing around bonfires late into the
Monday I'm off to Chicago for a few days, visiting some Seido people
there (wonderful group, they do a great job of connecting budo with
nonviolence - www.thousandwaves.org ), on my way to a shiatsu conference
near Milwaukee. Then home for a few days, then off to the Starwood
Festival, that other pagan thing I go to each summer.
I feel in the past few years I'm making up all the travelling I
never did in my youth. Slowly growing wings, or learning to use the ones
I didn't realize I had. I begin to understand why, when the Taoist
masters of old sought students, they waited in inns, looking for
travelers whose minds were already being opened by the journey.