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Anne Crescini

Life is Good.

Next week, I am going to the U.S. on a whirlwind, four-city, two-week tour. I love my home country, and I am so pumped to see my friends and family. But I am not as excited as I usually am. I cannot remember a time in my life that I […]

January Blahs and Hurrahs

I am pretty sure that if you look up the definition of misery in the dictionary, it will say, “January in Japan.” Everyone knows that Japan is a country controlled by the seasons. April brings the beautiful cherry blossoms of spring and hope abounds; August is uncomfortably hot and humid, […]

Married to a Stranger

Yesterday my friend sent me a link to a video of a Japanese TV program that featured a couple that had not had a conversation in 23 years. Yeah, you read that right. 23 years. Apparently, the couple’s 18-year son wrote in to the program to see if they could […]

Uncommon Sense.

I used to think that Japan had the market cornered on ridiculous rules and regulations that made no sense. Most people know that many of the public schools have such an extensive list of rules it is miracle that the kids can keep them straight. Rules like you can’t have […]

Trust Me.

I have always been the trusting type. When I was a kid, I never had a key to my house because we didn’t lock the door, except at night before we all went to bed. My house was never broken into, and I had never really experienced any kind of […]

Mechanical Pencil Police

A couple of days ago, I discovered from my kids that mechanical pencils are banned in Japanese elementary schools. Since America has to deal with guns in public schools, the fact that mechanical pencil-smuggling students being one of Japan’s greatest worries is a great thing. Still, part of me was incredulous. […]

Why Both Theology and Grammar Matter.

In the past few years, prominent Christian leaders, speakers and authors have made headlines due to a shift in their thinking. They have veered away from traditional evangelical theology, and the reaction from the Christian community has been mixed. This trend has caused me to think about theology and doctrine […]