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- Previous visits to Japan:
- Japanese language ability:
- Conversation: None
- Reading and writing: None
- Other connections to Japan:
- During the 1980's and 90's we mentored 4 Japanese boys who were attending
Teikyo University in Denver. We got to know them well and have kept in touch.
We look forward to seeing them and their families (both their parents who we
met and their children who we have not yet met).
What I hope to get from this adventure:
Traveling with a group that doesn't require us to got to every event and tour
together. I like the idea of doing what we want and yet getting tour guidance
when we need it and getting to know the other people traveling with us. I look
forward to learning more about Takayama.
Things about me I'd like to share (work, family, personal history,
I worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a biologist before I retired
in 2008. I was a partnerships coordinator and taught federal employees how to
work with local, state, federal agencies and nonprofits to create natural
resource projects. The last 7 years, I was the western aquatic invasive
species coordinator. Other jobs include public affairs director for Planned
Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and public affairs director for Colorado
My husband, Dennis Grogan, is retired and will be going on the trip with me.
Daughter Kelley is married and lives in Durham, NC.
Son Tyler lives in Denver.
Son Dylan is married and has two young daughters, ages 5 and 2. He also lives
Before I retired I received a MA degree in Women's Spirituality from New
College in California. I am interested in goddess mythology especially. I
wrote a book called "Ophelia's Oracle," published in 2009, which received 15
national and international awards. It is about a 12 year old girl who hears
goddess stories from her Japanese grandmother and other important women in her
life. I love the stories of Amaterasu, Shinto sun goddess, who is the ancestor
of the current emperor of Japan. I also am a Reiki Master which is an energy
healing system based on discoveries by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese teacher
whose work has spread across the US. Dennis and I are labyrinth facilitators
and lead people on labyrinth walks in the Denver area.