I am grateful to the Mentors Foundation for assisting me in an important transition. There are sometimes rare moments in life when we question what we are doing and make decisions to go in a completely different direction. Two things triggered this transition for me.
After high school I spent many years in Japan working in the entertainment industry. That is where I met my husband, Toshiaki and where we spent our early married years raising our two daughters, Emi and Miki.
After moving back to the United States I went on a vacation with my husband and read a book called “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight”. This book changed my life. In the book it described the history of fossil fuel and the path societies have taken to search for it, dig it out and consume it. It was shortly after September 11, 2001, when many, including myself, were still reeling from the surprise, horrendous attacks. I remember thinking to myself, “Why do I not know anything about the great lengths countries and corporations are going to acquire this source of energy?” I also started making a connection between myself and my family and our community and home, planet earth.
Shortly after that, while my husband and I were running a local restaurant in Las Vegas, I learned more about what is happening to our planet and how individuals were just as much a part of the problem and the solution as corporations and governments. I gave over 60 presentations in the following years; some at our restaurant, as well as at churches, businesses and schools.