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Consider the Mango

   The dessert portion of today’s school lunch was a “mango stick.”  A thin slice of almost frozen mango in plastic-wrap.  God it was good.  Hoping to shock the fourth graders I was having lunch with, I asked them to guess how old I was the first time I had mango.    “Three.”    “Eight.”    “I was twenty-four.”    Cue the shock, disbelief, and questioning of everything they had ever learned about how the world works.  (Which, to be…

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TOBU World Square

You know what this photo needs? People. Maybe a young couple strolling hand in hand. Maybe some kids gawking in wonder at the illuminated brilliance around them. Maybe someone standing in silhouette, their pose a study in contemplation… So, where are they? I took this photo while writing a piece for Samurai Trip, a website for travelers in Japan, about a small amusement park in Nikko called TOBU World Square. The park is lovely. You should go if you get…

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