What does it feel like being born?

A lifetime ago in Japan, my teacher colleagues were recounting stories over lunchboxes in the staff room. I was a student of Japanese and my speaking skills were patchy, but my listening vocabulary was improving every day. My teacher-friend, Yumiko, explained how she was bathing with her three-year-old son when she’d asked him,  ‘Umaretatoki, nan to iu kimochi?’   Literally,...

…an introduction

I wasn't always a writer. I'm a jack of all trades, and I'm sure you know the second half of the expression. My mother said I was an eager, early reader. As a kid, I always wrote letters and diaries, but I also loved to draw. Age 5, I declared I would be an artist when I grow up. I still think that's what I am. My grade 5 teacher, Mrs Smith, was the first to suggest that I might have potential...