Miriam Reed, Author & Speaker

Japan 1908-slide

Miriam Reed, Author & Speaker

Japan is a wonderful place to visit, beautiful, clean, immeasurably gracious. Only in Japan will the clerk, even in a convenience store, present your purchased item in a bag with the handles facing you for your ease in picking up the bag. I love talking about Japan of 1908, seeing up close the lives and sights of people and places that existed years ago. Projected on a large screen, the small photos from the Japan 1908 book show exquisite detail, expressive faces, the scowl of a beggar, the frown of child, the embroidery on a kimono.

Just now, I am researching the lives of David and Mary Gamble, who inadvertently built a national historic landmark, The Gamble House in Pasadena, California. David and Mary’s lives were the product of the many generations of their forbears, who took their Christianity seriously and sought to live its values of compassion and generosity. Looking at the lives of David and Mary Gamble, and the lives of their parents and grandparents, leads to an appreciation of how one individual, who actually lives, the values espoused, can make a difference.

I used to talk about the women who demanded that women be included fully in American society. Talking about their lives was easy, because I used their words to explain their lives and values and, incidentally, developed my solo theatre play scripts. Now I have to speak and write with my own words, create my own script, and finally shape and live my own values in my own life. That is much harder to do.

"The world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings." - Robert Louis Stevenson