We quickly learn that this country has embraced the protection and care of their endangered elephant.
If we are all fighting this novel germ warfare, then we need to act like soldiers and obey our commanding officers. Staying home indefinitely may be the hardest order you've ever been given. And the most critical.
I used to think of Japan as an almost mythical place where exotic goods came from, but few ever went. Once there, I realized this insular society has been cultivating an eye for beauty for centuries.
I was continually being blown away -- in all senses -- by the meterorological, topographical and geological wonders and anomalies of this tiny island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.
We are living longer and in better health. It's time to redefine what it means to grow old in today's society.
"Your grandfather never fought at Vimy," says our battlefield tour guide. "He was wounded in 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. That's probably what saved his life."
Over the years of yoga practice, I have learned to listen to my body to avoid injury, and my body is telling me it has no intention of doing this next movement. Today's class had a lesson I wasn't expecting.