Are they an underutilized teaching tool, or do their underlying assumptions result in misunderstandings?

If you ask most people who know me to list one fact about me, I’d wager the first thing that’d come to their mind would be, “he’s a huge history nerd.” History has been a life-long…


If you’re anything like me, an outdoorsy travel bug who loathes staying in one place for more than a month, the past year has been psychologically rough. My household was fortunate in that neither of us got sick or lost our jobs, but staying at home every day became a…


Personal stories from an American who fell for trains and car-less streets

Among my friends, I’m typically known (with much eye-rolling) as “the one that’s lived everywhere.” My twenties were a wobbly time where I ended up moving very often. Yet, there was one constant commonality in the United States: from my childhood home to Los Angeles, and in even New York…


When I visited my partner’s family in Tokyo last winter, I knew about three Japanese words: “hello,” “thank you,” and “please.” …


This is not a normal writing topic for me, but I feel compelled to share this story since I’ve become a yogurt-making evangelist.

See, my household eats yogurt with fruit every single day for breakfast — other than coffee, it’s pretty much the only ritual food or beverage in my…


The metacognitive notetaking app that brought me out of a slump

Around November of 2020, I hit a low point in productivity. I was planning a second novel (that I’ll hopefully publish) and trying to keep up with my other passions while working a full-time job; however, once I was…


Two tricks to elevate your spoken Japanese

When on a trip to Japan, I visited the small town of Karuizawa, an hour’s ride from Tokyo. While I had a great time there, I remember encountering difficulties finding my way back to the station. I had wandered well off the beaten…


For novelists with an architect’s mind and a gardener’s soul.

In 2019, I decided to embark on a journey I’d fantasized over for years: writing a novel. It was an aspiration of mine since high school, and one that I’d planned for and studied over the following decade— watching vlogs…


Explanations and reflections from a former Smoky Mountain local

Over the years, I’ve brought many friends back to the county where I grew up. …

Blake Anderson

San Diego-based writer. Interested in urban planning, languages, cultures, travel, history, and fiction.

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