I filmed Sumi Kinoshita speaking about her book in June, 2017
Sumi Kinoshita wrote about her experience being interned in her gripping memoir, Shikataganai: It Can’t Be Helped. Her writing is crisp and dispassionate as she recounts devastating losses and discrimination endured. The vivid descriptions and archival and family photos paint a fascinating picture of British Columbia in the 1940s and 1950s.
Blackie and Ginger on their cat tree, 1995
I’m not in a relationship now, but when I think back, the most loving thing any man has ever done for me was by T. He was like a gift who arrives in your life but you don’t quite realize it. I saw the potential for friendship right away, and invited him to stay in my home until he had his own place. He was stuck in a motel after being transferred to our northern community.
The poet in Ecclesiastes helped me to leave
Sometimes you can’t solve a situation with nonviolent communication. It may be best to sever contact. I had a difficult experience recently, but don’t they all bring important lessons if we pay attention?
I’m working on a script for a conflict situation, using the approach from Marshall Rosenberg’s excellent book, Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. I’ve found the book very helpful in the past to deal with conflicts that had me at a complete loss. We don’t learn how to handle conflict well in our society. There’s a lot of judgement, which Rosenberg calls a form of violence. I wouldn’t go that far, but I agree that communicating without judgement gets you further.
Photo: My kitty with my Christmas reading
I enjoyed reading a heartwarming new anthology of fifty-five Canadian Christian writers, Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving. I read it each morning at breakfast for about a month. It was a lovely way to enjoy the holiday season and continue to experience its warmth after the celebrations were done for the year.
Photo: My cat and his multi-purpose grooming comb
Maybe it’s being the daughter of immigrants, but I’ve always tried to fix things if I can. The process can be empowering or frustrating and may or may not yield results. Last weekend I had a plumbing problem. My kitchen sink had been draining a bit slowly for a couple of months, but suddenly the flow completely stopped. Some of the water crept into the second sink and then settled ominously above both drains.
Irene Plett is a writer, poet and animal lover living in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.