All posts tagged: BEYOND ME MG

Birds of BEYOND ME

I see birds everywhere in west Tokyo. They are in my garden and in the farmer’s fields outside our windows. Before the pandemic, I walked to the grocery store or to the station every day so I would see them in the trees along the street, in garden trees, and on buildings. I would take the camera with me (before iphones) and I would take walks just to photograph them. So naturally, birds have shown up in my writing. The main character of Beyond Me sees birds every day. She learns about hummingbirds and would love to see one. But there are no hummingbirds in Japan. I see them when I visit Texas. I even saw one on Bleecker Street in New York City when I visited in September 2016 for a book event for Somewhere Among at Books of Wonder. Check at Audubon for Kids Week 5 Hooray for Hummingbirds! for information and fun activities like learning how to draw one with David Sibley. Their kids’ page has more about birds. On Audubon’s Facebook page, teachers, parents and kids can …

The Cat

All along, I knew there would be a cat in Beyond Me. From the beginning I knew the cat would black, but I started thinking about how a three-colored cat is considered lucky. I decided the cat would be black. With a red collar and bell. Later, as I was going through my farming photos researching the seasons of the vegetable fields I found this photo. It was the first and only time I saw this cat. He was sitting next to taro. The photo was taken March 2012, the year after The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The History of Our Kittens and Cats On 9-11-07, we rescued four little kittens in a neighbor’s garden. Here are some posts from Here and There Japan, a blog of the things we saw, did and used in our daily life in Japan. Started in 2006 when my children were in Japanese public school. It is written for children. September 13, 2007  Cat and Kitten Rescue October 21, 2007  A Forever Home for Kittens January 17, …