This is a story about an international couple raising and home educating three young boys on a small island in Japan, half living in buses, engaged in organic, self-sufficient farming in the middle of a mountain forest while dealing with climate, cultural, and personal challenges. These pages are about pretty much anything and everything all guided by our family motto, Taking Chances, Making Changes, Being Happy. Thank you very much for joining us on our ongoing crazy adventure.

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NASA Evidence - Everybody should read this (opens to a new tab)

There is unequivocal evidence that Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate. Human activity is the principal cause. The rate of change since the mid-20th century is unprecedented over millennia. Earth's climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 800,000 years, there have been eight cycles of ice ages and warmer periods, with the end of the last ice age about 11,700 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization.

THOUGHTS - Education
Home Education
Why schools are not working and home education is the best option for your kids.

THOUGHTS - Education
NY Home Education
The incredibly strict and insane home education requirements of New York State.

THOUGHTS - America
Free Speech
A few thoughts about free speech, the constitution, and the rights of private social media companies.

THOUGHTS - America
Ban Guns
The possession of guns should be illegal in the United States.

THOUGHTS - America
Mass Shootings
The appalling number of mass shootings in the United States.

THOUGHTS - America
National Rifle Association
Groups like the NRA, who promote gun ownership, are taking humanity in the wrong direction.

THOUGHTS - America
Over Regulated
The following are a few rules and regulations put in place to "protect us" from ourselves.

THOUGHTS - America
American Insurrection
A day remembered as one of the worst days for American democracy.

THOUGHTS - Technology
Online Scam
I was the target of an online example of the extent online scammers will go to.

Trump Rewrites Constitution
Trump has drafted an executive order revising the United States Constitution.

Psytrance Workout
I find psytrance to be motivating, relaxing, and a great way to keep a good rhythm.

Strength Training
My strength training workout. Thanks to a torn bicep (see picture), a hernia, and rheumatoid arthritis, I decided to return to strength training as a way to alleviate the daily pain and fatigue.

Yoga Workout
My yoga workout. I was looking for a way to simply feel better without all of the spiritual mumbo jumbo usually associated with practicing yoga.

Trump Memes
Trump President Again ???????? Yeah it seems kinda funny, but at least for now, it is very possible. Anyway, this is a collection of Trump memes.

How to be Happy
For me at least, happiness depends on three things. Without them existence can become pretty dull and boring and that's not the way things need to be.

THOUGHTS - Archive
Archive Thoughts
These posts were inspired by the 2016 presidential election and the turmoil which Donald Trump created during his four years as president.
Tanegashima Japan
More Thoughts

These pages discuss issues we are dealing with while living on a small island in Japan.

Noise Pollution
Nakatane Town abuse, misuse, and overuse of the Disaster Prevention Radio System.
中種子町 防災行政無線の悪用・誤用・過剰使用について。

Air Pollution
Nakatane Town air pollution from trash burning with no enforcement of regulations.

Beach Trash
Nakatane Town beach pollution garbage and debris with no trash removal plans.

Feral Cats
Nakatane Town feral cat problem with no population control programs plans policies measures.
Archive Thoughts
Archive Thoughts

These posts were inspired by the 2016 presidential election and the turmoil which Donald Trump created during his four years as president of the United States of America....what used to be a great country. I am miles away from America (now residing in Japan) and continue to watch American society degrade further into a violent, paranoid, and materialistic culture. Now with the 2020 election finished, and Trump officially out as president, I was going to delete these posts. Then I decided it was important for my sons to know what their family stands for and what pushed us to make the choice to permanently live in Japan.

When I began making this site, I really had no idea which direction it would take. The last few years saw me and my family change residences four times, including three international moves. Quite a lot for a non-military family. Anyway, each move involved taking chances, making changes, and trying to be happy. Those ten years were trying times for my family to say the least. We made changes that most people would not have even thought were possible but somehow we pulled it off and are finally stable, living on a small island in Japan. During those years, I watched American society degrade and posted many pages.
A Bit of Personal History

The year was 2016 and I was sitting with my wife and two sons watching the presidential election results come in from our small rental house on a small island in Japan. We watched online and stared at the computer screen in disbelief as Trump pulled off an upset win and became the 45th president of the United States of America. Who would have thought? We were in the process of selling my condo in California and purchasing a property up in the San Diego county mountains....all being negotiated online. We had no choice since the owner of the rental home had plans to use the house again. Rather than wait to get kicked out, we took matters into our own hands and made the decision to move back to America. This plan became clouded thanks to the election of Trump but the wheels of relocation were already in motion.

I was distraught and spent hours online over the span of a few weeks writing about Trump in the hopes some of my efforts would result in changes and things would improve before we returned to California. Nothing changed and after only six months, we sold the mountain property and returned to our small little island in Japan.

Anyway, many of these posts seem relevant once again as a second tRUMP presidency is becoming more and more possible this year.
American President

Lewis Rothschild: People want leadership, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

Andrew Shepard: We've had Presidents who were beloved who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand 'cause they're thirsty. They drink the sand 'cause they don't know the difference. (Trump supporters)

Andrew Shepard and Lewis Rothschild
The American President