Foreign Wives

A few years ago, my dermatologist, Dr. Wyatt, who is my favorite doctor, diagnosed me with rosacea. He recommended a book, The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan and Valori Treloar. I didn’t try it at the time but last week I started using the recipes and menus in the book. Some of it is based on Japanese cooking and its effect on the skin.

After the first week, I got interested in Japanese cooking and did some Internet searching for cookbooks. One that intrigued me was Rice Paddy Gourmet. It turns out that the author, Joan Itoh, wrote it while she was living in Japan as a foreign bride. The cookbook contained recipes and some of the columns she wrote there,

While in Japan, she formed an organization for women in a similar position to her. Here is some information about the Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese which still exists.

Joan Itoh lived in Japan for 17 years. She subsequently left that country and remarried. Besides the cookbook, she also wrote at least one novel. Joan Itoh Burk died in 29023. For more information about her, click here and here.

It is always interesting to me to see how women, when they become wives, try to find meaning and purpose, often, within an constrained space.

National Beer Day

Sorry for the delay in posting. The day for doing that is still a moving target.

Last Sunday was National Beer Day. It celebrates the day in 1933 when low alcohol beer and wine became legal after 13 years of Prohibition. This article discusses what are currently the bestselling beers. That honor goes to Modelo.

Here is a post written February 19, 2020, just before the pandemic, about Mexican beer. I have edited it slightly.

Mexican Beer

Before 1910 most beer in Mexico was brewed by small brewers. In the 1890s big modern breweries developed and by 1899 five firms controlled sixty three percent of the market. By 1910 the major brewers distributed nationally. The companies were vertically integrated, holding monopolies in everything from bottles to the railroads.

Corona Extra is the sixth largest beer brand in America and the top import. Constellation Brands owns Corona and Modelo. Modelo is the seventh largest beer brand. An industry analysis of Constellation stated “Constellation’s story includes … a powerful demographic tailwind. Its core consumer base skews towards Hispanics, a sizable demographic whose primacy will only increase over the coming years. We find it fairly intuitive that Hispanics place a premium on Mexican beer, as it speaks in part to a shared culture and heritage, and in our view, these dynamics are at the heart of Constellation’s superb operating profile…”  There are some stereotypical assumptions in this analysis. For the full analysis, click here.

In 2010 Heineken bought the Mexican brewer Femsa; its brands are Dos Equis and Tecate. The company had a 43 percent share of the Mexican beer market. Dos Equis is twentieth. A German brewer in Vera Cruz created it in the nineteenth century. Tecate is 29th; Since 2013 it has had a 35 percent decrease in shipments. For the  full list of the top 31 brands, go here.

Mexico has a small craft brewing segment. These brewers produce ale; the majority of Mexicans drink lager. Most Mexican craft beer is exported since there is not really a market for it within Mexico. Mexico is third in global exports of beer, most of which goes to Canada and the United States.

 

 

 

 

Worlds

As I mentioned last week, I spent over a week in Montreal, attending the World Figure Skating Championships. The skating was amazing; so many talented people competed.

Ilia Malinin had a unique free skating, completing six quad jumps, including a quad axle. That jump is actually 4 and 1/2 half rotations in the air. It was a phenomenal experience. I have seen Ilia perform the quad axel live both times he did it. At both Skate America in 2022 and at Worlds in March 2024, I also got to speak to him. He seems like a nice and thoughtful young man.

Although I enjoyed attending Worlds, I am on the fence about going to next year’s event which will be in Boston. Montreal, of course, was cold and it snowed. Boston’s weather in March will not be that much better. It was hard to sleep in a hotel for that many days. The food at the Bell Center was often cold and always unhealthy.

I have now attended 2 Skate Americas, 2 USFSA Nationals and 2 Worlds. That might be enough. Next year, I can devote the same week to watching skating, but view it in the comfort of my own home, sleep in my own bed, and have better food.

I am publishing this today, because – believe it or not- tomorrow, I am going to a skating show. On Sunday, my club, the Skating Club of Amherst, has its annual show. There’s a lot of skating this weekend. I am excited to attend and thrilled that I am not performing.

 

 

Montreal

I recently returned from eight days in Montreal. I went there to attend the World Figure Skating Championships. We got there Sunday, March 17. I was really excited that we didn’t have to take a plane and could just drive. The trip basically took us through most of Vermont which had some very pretty parts to it.

Monday and Tuesday were just practice days, so we did some sightseeing. Our hotel was close to Old Montreal and on Monday we did a self-guided walking tour of that neighborhood. The highlight was the Notre-Dame Basilica which was absolutely beautiful.

On Tuesday we went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and saw an  exhibit about Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Moore. Although the artists never met each other, the curator found similarities in the materials they used and the themes and topics they explored in their art. At the  end of the exhibit the museum had videoes of both artists talking. Henry Moore’s interview took place in his studio and was fascinating. I really enjoyed the exhibit.
Next week I’ll tell you about the skating.

Starting Again

I have received some bad news which I am still processing. Levellers Press has withdrawn it’s offer of publication. They refuse to explain why and gave me no chance to fix any potential problems. My imediate response is to never have anything else to do with Collective Copies.

I am going to take some time to figure out what options are available to me going forward. If and when I figure it out, I will let you know. I do plan on resuming regular posts on topics of interest to me and I hope, you. I will start that on Saturday, March 30.

 

Weekly Update, Week 27

Once again, I apologize for the delay in posting this. Time got away from me and, before I knew it,  several days had passed. This is likely to be my last weekly update. Don’t get excited, it doesn’t mean I am completely finished with the manuscript. Rather, it means that I have realized that counting the number of hours I work every day and recording them on the NaNoWriMo site no longer works for me.

Abandoning that process  means I will not complete the original challenge I set for myself, which was to work 29,000 minutes or 483.33  hours from August to the end of April. As of last Friday, which was my last day of recording my hours worked, I had logged 421.28 hours.

I am still doing final edits and deciding about pictures. I am leaning towards not having any. It is costly to print pictures, particularly color. There is also the problem of getting permissions. Instead of putting a bunch of pictures in the book, i am thinking of having a display of them on my website.

After I finish the edits and decide about the pictures, I have to think about making the manuscript one file – either as a Word document or a PDF.

Weekly Update, Week 26

Very short post, one day early, due to the personal plans. I got a few days work in, despite my computer not being in very good shape. I think by next week I will be done with the final, final editing and can go back to working on the pictures.

My next post will be  Saturday March 2. Have a great weekend.

Weekly Update, Week 25

I have not been working as consistently as I did in the beginning of this process. It is partly because I am close to being done, but also because life happens. This past weekend, my family came to celebrate my birthday, which is on February 25.

We had a lovely time attending a University of Massachusetts women’s basketball game and going out to dinner. The biggest gift was all being together.

I am still doing a final edit of the chapters and am working on chapter 6 at the moment. One problem that will probably affect how much work I get done this coming week is that my computer broke. I tripped on my cord yesterday causing the top lid hinge to break. It still works, but I cannot really close it. My computer repairman is ordering the part. When the part  comes, it will be about an hour of work to complete the repair.

This is the third time I have needed a new lid. I have had some kind of repair to almost every part of this computer. Some other things have been repaired twice. I dread getting a new computer, so it is easier to keep repairing this one. Eventually some repair will be prohibitively expensive, thus necessitating purchase of a new computer.

Weekly Update, Week 24

My day for posting is now Monday. I cannot guarantee it will stay like that. I’m currently going through the chapters, correcting typos, adding missing footnotes, and fixing any other errors I come across.

I am still deciding about what pictures to use. I have a clearer idea of how to proceed.  They will be a mix of photos of people and some photos of ephemera from various faculty wives clubs’ activities.

I took Sunday and today off. We went to Brattleboro, Vermont, for an overnight stay as an early Valentine’s Day celebration. Yesterday, we went to the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center and saw some unusual exhibits. I really liked the  textile art by David B. Smith. There was a QR Code you could scan and hear the artist talk about his work.

David B. Smith, Quilt, 2023

After the museum, we ate dinner at T.J. Buckley’s, which is my all-time favorite restaurant. We got back to the hotel in time to see the exciting end of the Super Bowl. The trip was very relaxing. I had a great time.

 

 

Weekly Update, Week 23

I apologize for the lateness of this post. I had a busy weekend and today is the first day I could get to it. I have finished the bibliography which feels great. I’m now going through each chapter for a last check . I have done the first chapter and, of course, there were a few typos and some missing citations. I am sure that will be true for the remaining chapters as well. At some point, I will have to accept that it will not be perfect and say I am finished.

I am working on getting permission for the pictures I want to use in the book. Luckily some are out of copyright and I have gotten one for free. I am also going to think about the marketing of the book, beginning with pre- publication publicity.