The past becomes present through us. Past narratives guide present actions. Past relationships inform those in the present. Past thought provides stimuli for present theory. Past descriptions of states of mind serve as reassurance that we in the present are not alone but instead have a wealth of advice to fall back on. And yet, the past remains in the shadows, unseen, asleep in the present.
This blog is entitled Sleeping Mountains in allusion to a poem by Yosano Akiko that I first encountered in a course by Dr. Kimberly Kono at Smith College. It was originally the title of a blog about my life working and studying in Japan from 2005 to 2012.