Welcome to my blog, where I recently finished recreating my day by day experiences on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan.  If you are just interested in the Japan part, click on “blog” and scroll down down to “Big League Pilgrim.”  That’s a good place to start. Scroll back further if you are interested in my preparation for the trip, and/or some of the personal context that brought me to Japan.  For my next adventure, I had open heart surgery.  I’ll probably be writing about that for a while.  If you like you can subscribe, so that you will receive an email notification when I post something new. Thanks for reading!

In March, 2017, I  retired from a 30 year career as an educator.  Shortly after retiring, I left for Japan on March 19th, and walked the 88 Temple pilgrimage on the island of Shikoku, finishing on May 1. If you’ve done the pilgrimage, or plan to, or if you like to walk, if you’re interested in Japanese culture, if you are adjusting to retirement or you just have questions, please join in the conversation.  If you like pictures, you can follow me on Instragram too.  And although the pilgrimage is the primary reason for this blog, it is about my experience, and sometimes I write about other things relevant to me; my mother (transitioning to dependent dementia and beyond), my failing heart (that has required two surgeries so far), the challenges of retirement, and my naive but well-intentioned take on Japanese culture.   Please leave a comment, and let me know that you stopped by.