CH 22 THE DOORS OF DURIN

But now, as a gaggle of Japanese men in tailored suits and polished shoes stride by (smelling expensive), Hanako feels like a fraud. She notices a few giving her the once-over as the doors slide closed. They were the type who could smell fear and polyester.

Ch 21 "AS GOOD AS IT GETS"

If you know me at all, you know how much I love movies and love squeezing every bit of meaning out of every, onscreen moment. One of my all-time favorite movies, is the perfect backdrop to talk to you about something personally life-changing. 

Ch 18 MEHWEDGE (As Pronounced in The Princess Bride)

Hanako despised the way their conversations entered a freefall of chaotic words and too tender feelings. The way they could pick apart each other’s sentences like birds pecking at nearly bare bones. At these moments, Hanako often felt as though she would rather die than admit she could have said or done things differently.

CH 17 LIVING IN EXILE

Why did it sometimes hurt so much to think that everything wasn't for her? That the story she stepped into wasn't always her own? Wasn't it possible that God loved her and her friend equally? She'd always had the sneaking suspicion He played favorites.

CH 16 FREE TO BE ME

I don’t think every gripe, challenge, or victory as we journey here in Japan will be beneficial to share…for myself or for you. But I do think there’s a lot I haven’t said so far, for the wrong reasons and I want to change that. If any of what I say resonates with you, the sharing will be worth it.

CH 7 UNDER PRESSURE (Hanako)

It's just that, she had naively thought that everything would simply fall into place as soon as they set foot on Japanese soil. Something deep in her, a familiar voice she had heard many times before had said, you take a step, I’ll be there to meet you.