Born in the year of the dog in a beat down, post-industrial coal mining town called Shamokin. Graduated from Haverford College in 2004 with a BA in Religion and East Asian Studies. Spent a year in Nagano prefecture practicing tea ceremony, calligraphy, and zazen. She then made a bold move to the 'other' Japan. Interests are many: literature and haiku, banjos and harmonicas, red wine, polaroids, chess, frisbee, tattoos, yarn, and colors so beautiful they couldn't possibly bear names.