about nelkumi…



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You end up living in the jungle with two anti-social dogs. Now, what do you do?
You start blogging. A Perfect thing to do.

I have time, a quiet place to hide and problems to talk about.
All I need is…TALENT!?!?


I started my blog when I became willingly unemployed. I write what my head mumbles and draw what my soul rumbles, and my iPhone captures a jumble of images.

I haven’t figured what I am doing yet (will I ever?) and remain in limbo.

Thank you for visiting.



80 thoughts on “about nelkumi…

  1. Thank you for sharing Nelkumi-san. I look forward to visiting here from time to time. Your writing in English is beautiful. I wish I could appreciate it all in Nihongo. Do you write first in Japanese then translate to English?

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    1. I think my brain uses different parts. I think and speak(write) in one language and then in other. I am not smart enough. My husband used to say that I have two personalities. One ornery American with attitude and other profusely-apologizing Japanese…

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      1. I just realized that the English and Japanese parts of your posts aren’t the same. What you say makes perfect sense. I have a Japanese friend who also married an American. She’s the same way. It’s interesting, when she speaks English, she’s direct and forceful and kinda swears a lot. When she switches to Japanese her voice becomes softer and… as you say, more apologetic? I don’t think it has anything to do with being smart. Just speaking and writing in (at least) two languages fluently indicates that you’re quite intelligent. 🙂

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  2. As I have hinted in other comments I too lost a lovely spouse.she was Vietnamese and not just totally lovable but also very naturally polite.tragically she was killed just 13 months after we married, shot in a street gunfight but nobody ever found out which side killed her.that was in august 1970, the third of my four years in vietnam as a war correspondent. the only way I got through that was having the beautiful daughter she gave me and I brought back to europe (mostly UK & france). she married a frenchman and I have 2 french grandchildren. I married my 2nd wife in1976; we have a son and are very happy, but she always understands what I felt for my 1st wife, Anh. if you read my post yesterday, ODE TO MY WIFE, see if you can guess who it is about 🙂 thanks for inspiring these memories’ it helps a lot. Anton.

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  3. Hello, nelkumi, as you can see in the link below, I have been nominated in a challenge to post my three favourite quotes, one each for three consecutive days. With each post I have to nominate three bloggers for the challenge (I cut that to three overall). It is not required to accept but I’ll be happy if you do. 🙂 If you accept, you have to recognize the blogger who nominated you and pass the challenge on. I have nominated you as I love your blog and for reasons stated in the post. I hope you don’t mind and hope you have fun with it.

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  4. I think I…love your writings and thoughtfulness. I have now retired and might have more time for thinking…and blogging. Love the idea of you and your dogs in the jungle ♥ and my children love Japan.

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  5. I have just been visiting about your website. I can not decide whether it is your photos or writing I like best, so I must say I enjoy both of them equally. Looking forward to following you as you figure out your life in the jungle! The dogs will surely assist this process!

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  6. Reading what you wrote “about nelkumi” and then reading the responses, I am in a state of profound peace. I just discovered your blog, and I look forward to reading more in the future, and also looking back at your past writing and images. Just lovely.

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  7. Thank you for liking my post, nelkumi 🙂 I’m already enjoying your blog (and I’m learning Japanese!) so I subscribed right away. I look forward to seeing the rest of your posts, it allows me to travel space and time without leaving the comfort of my bedroom, on my day off (on a rainy Spring afternoon!)

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  8. Hi there! I just found your site thanks to The Daily Post. I really like your stuff and wanted to share this quote, that I was sent, with you. “Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it – that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”

    ― Stephen Fry

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  9. Hi nelkumi 🙂 quite a while ago you had a post titled ‘By myself’ and it was accompanied by a charming sketch of a person sitting on a seaside (?) watching either the moon or sun, rising or setting. I have thought about that drawing ever since and love the emotion contained within it. I have just finished writing a poem about time and getting older and would love to use your sketch to go alongside my poem on my blog (andysmerdon.wordpress.com). If you like I can email you the poem first before you say yes or no. Thanks for considering nelkumi and thanks for keeping me entertained these last few years 🙂 Kind regards, Andy – andy.smerdon@gmail.com

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