My wife Mary Lou and I have been chanting for 35+ years. We were district leaders together when we fell in love and began the journey of our shared mission. In 1981, we moved from Jackson to "Charlevoix the Beautiful," a resort town in northern Michigan. Our sons Beau and Casey were born there.
Since I became a teacher in 1976, my dream was to go to Japan to experience Soka education first hand. I believed the Soka schools, with their emphasis on the heart, happiness, value creation, had much to offer to the education profession. Mary Lou and I visited Soka University in 1981, and there I met English Professor Noboru Shioda. I gave him my resume (MA in English education) and told him about my dream. We corresponded for the next several years. At one point he wrote to say, "Your dream has become my dream," and he persuaded his department to offer me a teaching position. We lived in Tokyo for 14 years. I taught at the university and Mary Lou was a part-time English teacher in Soka elementary, middle and high schools.
In 2001, we returned to Jackson, MI, our home town. Our sons are grown (Casey is a junior at Claremont McKenna College and Beau is editor of Metropolis magazine in Tokyo). Mary Lou is an artist (painting-with-paper.com) and a special education para-professional, working with autistic kindergartners. I teach developmental reading at Jackson Community College and am involved in community initiatives to improve the culture of area middle and high schools (respect, support, soft power), improve literacy training in secondary schools, and reduce educational achievement gaps based on race and income.
We belong to Jackson District, Grand River Chapter, Michigan Area, and Michigan Region of the SGI-USA.
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Hello Ted.:Hpoe you have a great New Year,And Masae and I are looking forward to seeing you in the near future.And I like the snow so much I spent the last two days on the Roof playing with it.See you soon
thanks for taking the time to meet with some of the group
we hope you can make it out here to meet the rest in the near future.
We love having more bodisatvas join us in chanting and we can learn so much from your experiences too. randy, one of our continuing guests was going to be a catholic priest. cathrine , another frequent friend to the group has a suffi background. there are so many more friends for you to meet. anyway, thanks again. they all feel so encouraged. remember we have a big eat feast after our toso so we will feed you too! ted, if you can't ,make a wednesday night perhaps we could do a meeting to accommadate your schedule better. i am sure the new members would love to meet with you. let me know. i got ritu's encouraging e-mail and i just need to relax and enjoy this wonderful new phase in kosen-rufu . it is all good now. , i hope to share the Kansai (never give up) spirit and strengthen mentor /disciple relationship in our group We talked on the way home about FNCC and the opportunity for all the new peolpe to attend, and learn. they seem excited to look into doing this next year. it is great to be excited about our group and to watch the next generation emerging from the earth!!! it is awesome
all the best
thanks i will take this fai9th diversity encouragement back to our group and do my best to bring members and guests to wyoming district kosen-rufu meeting in october. hope to see you then
I get updates from my former district leader in Modesto. BJ is in a major struggle, getting chemo and radiation and staying with family in CT. Also has been connected to members in CT. When we lived in Modesto, she was my son's Halloween partner- she would take him trick or treating and bring him other goodies the rest of the year. A gem of a person.
Cool experience, Ted. I presume Northern Michigan isn't the same as the U.P.? I drove thru the Hiawatha National Forest and did the 3-hour tour of the Painted Rocks. That Lake Superior water is pretty deep. Have you ever turned in an experience to the World Tribune? By the way, do you have Men's Div. pictures (digital) from 2006-2007? World Tribune is looking for pictures for some issue they're doing. Submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget to include activity/event, date, and photographer's name upon submission. best, -Dan