"Just Be Yourself....but with a GEISHA Twist!" Geisha_Girl's Profile


It has been many years since I last set foot in the magical world of Kyoto. I finally made my return. This time in the Spring. When I last visited, I was on the journey to follow the footsteps of the "Samurai" and learn the legend of the Generals and the Ronin. This time......I followed the footsteps of Geisha and wanted to feel what it was like to walk in their shoes in the beautiful cobblestone pathways of Gion.
Literally walk in their shoes........

In life's eternal adventure, you must know what you are doing...
or know the woman who does.

"Charm is arranging kindness, teasing, and wit into something that will please the ear."
--Shizuka Geisha

"A Geisha is like Prozac for your soul."
--Shizuka client.

It was Oscar Wilde who once said, "I prefer women with a past. They're always so damned amusing to talk to." Well, I'm sure this past year in the life of the Geisha_Girl would make Oscar quite amused ....
if he wasn't so dead.

These pages are dedicated to the friends...
(Hey Lemon-Drop crew, this includes ya'll!) and strangers from around the world who have touched my life throughout these journeys.

This is the world as seen through my eyes. This is the world that makes me smile.....

It's 5:00 Somewhere.....

With all these different timezones...happy hour may never end!

Recent footprints: Seattle, Chicago, Costa Rica, Bodega Bay, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Rutherford, London, Staines, Bath, Long Beach, Manila, Cavite, Boracay, Palawan, Hong Kong, Ensenada, Lakeville. New Orleans, Miami, St. Lucia, Tokyo, Kofu, Mt Fuji, Yokohama, Kyoto

I haven't been everywhere---but.....

It's on my list !

On the Roadmap: Florence, Venice, Portland, Chicago, Tokyo, Singapore, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Lake Como, Laglio, Bellagio, Cernobbio, .....and STILL eyeing Antarctica!

Wherever you are.....

It's your friends that make your world.....


A Little Bit (French) Country.......

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”

Fait Accompli

What keeps the permanent SMILE on my face?

-Lacin' up the HIKING BOOTZ!!!

-I have 18 more pages to fill up on my brand-spankin' new passport!

-He always gives that look to me as if I "Hung the Moon"

-I always give that look to him because I know he "Hung the Moon"

-After a 60-hour work week he knows the best remedy for me is a glass of champagne and a back rub

-I know that when I tell him "I want to parachute into the Gobi Desert" or "Help build houses in Mongolia" he doesn't flinch or laugh. It can be done. He's been there....done that.

I smile knowing he can challenge me to journey beyond myself....to reach a bit further than I ordinarily would.....to feel SAFE in taking more risks as I know that I had safe arms in which to land.



September 20, 1998 - March 11, 2009


(A Tribute to Miyamoto Musashi)

Ode to the Samurai Bulldog

Brain Candy........

But today the way I play the game is not the same
No way
Think I'm gonna get me some happy

"We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come."
- From Kundera's "Unbearable Lightness of Being"

"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life."
- J. Kerouac

"It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable."
- Moliere

"Total absence of humor renders life impossible."
- Colette

"I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking. "
- Jean Cocteau

"...contrary to what the cynics say, distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough..."

"The happiness of day is not possible without the happiness of night. Happiness is a shared nirvana......
I Think, and that's why I do Love"
-Manuel E. Brito

And all I wanted was the simple things
A simple kind of life.....

How'd I get so faithful to my freedom?

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    May 5, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    Greetings from Japan.

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    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:50 AM

    missed out - never too LAte to say Mazeltov, 百年好合 萭事如意 ;-)))

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    Jan 9, 2015 at 5:00 AM

    Congratulations, Rochelle...

  • Gypsystravels's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Mrs. McKenna....what fun. It was a privilege being part of your special day!! Have a wonderful time in St. Lucia!

  • Gypsystravels's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Wohoooooooooooo......time is approaching and I can't wait to see and be part of the SIN-derella fairy tale...

  • virtualpatrick's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    What the heck... you got some countdown already starting! How could anyone forget that date! Early congrats and hope there's Filipino food in some form or another during the big weekend, especially pancit.

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    I hope you had a great birthday. I wasn't able to congratulate you at the correct date as we were travelling in Croatia. Cheers friend!

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    Aug 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Happy birthday

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    Aug 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I hope that your special day is full of fun and happiness and everything that you enjoy.

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    Aug 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Joyeux anniversaire !

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