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David Petersen

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I am a writer and educator, with degrees in psychology and theater studies, and certificates in English teaching and Japanese proficiency.

I was born in Canada, but have spent most of my adult life traveling and working abroad. Along the way, I've climbed Mt. Fuji, touched noses with a Maori elder in New Zealand, snorkeled in Fiji, survived a tsunami evacuation in Samoa (and more recently, Nagasaki), snuggled a koala in Australia, chaperoned high schoolers on a bus tour of England, thrown up in the Czech Republic, attended grad school in Malta, worked on an archaeological dig in Spain, had laser therapy in Germany, taught at a university in Hungary, scaled pyramids in Mexico...

Translation is my bread and butter, and writing is my passion.

My latest book, "Prayers in Stone: Nagasaki's A-Bomb Heritage Sites" is now available in ebook format.

Richly illustrated and with a wealth of materials never before available in English, Prayers in Stone provides an overview of more than 200 of Nagasaki's A-bomb heritage sites, including: bells; bridges; cemeteries; churches; fountains; memorials; museums; parks; schools; shrines; statues; tem... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 09, 2012 06:11 • 135 views • Tags: atomic-bomb, disarmament, hiroshima, japanese-history, nagasaki, nuclear-weapon, peace, peace-studies, travel, world-war-2, world-war-ii
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An Invitation to Kagura: Hidden Gem of the Traditional Japanese Performing Arts (Drama)
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Reading English News on the Internet / Reading English News on the Internet (Japanese edition) (Reference)
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A surprisingly unromantic look at the logical outcome of a narcissistic lifestyle, 19th century style.
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“There is no such thing as a leap into literacy.”
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“The 'will to peace' is the best answer that we can imagine to the 'will to war', which unfortunately seems as strong in this century as it was in the middle of the last.”
David Petersen, Survivors: The A-bombed Trees of Hiroshima

“Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”
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“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it”
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“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
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“It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice”
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“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”
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Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend. =)

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Pheonix Thanks for friend request! Have a great day!


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Tara You look fascinating. Thanks for the request!


Shawnette Good Morning, David...WELCOME to goodreads...thanks for the invite into your circle of friends...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all recommendations...best of luck with your writing...have a blessed weekend...and as always Happy Reading & Writing :-)


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Beth Hi David,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!


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Joy Thanks for the invite David! Happy reading!


Harlequin Books Hello David, it is a pleasure to be your friend.


CaliGirlRae Thanks for the GR friendship invite, David! Hope you have an awesome week. :-D


ijul (yuliyono) thanks for the add, David


Bernadette Thanks for the invite, David! It seems we have a lot of similar interests!


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Cj_ hi david,
thanks for the request :)

interesting info in Japan from you
Cj_


Penelope Marzec Thanks for adding me as a friend!


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Martina Thanks for adding me, David :) u got some very nice pictures in ur blog..


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Bee-Man Thanx for the invitation to be your GoodFriends... Im waitin for your book here... Greeting from Bandung-Indonesia David !


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Jesse Hanson Thanks much for including me David.


♥Miyuki♥ Goco thank you david!:))


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Sandra Hi David,
Thanks for the friendship!


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Izzy:) thx 4 the friend request:)


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Ed Rambeau Thanks for accepting my friend request, David. You seem like an interesting person, as well as quite the prolific author, so feel free to tell me more about yourself. I, myself, am a singer/songwriter/actor who has recently turned author. My 2 top ten recordings were CONCRETE & CLAY (as a singer) and NAVY BLUE (as a writer)...both in the early 1960's. My first novel is an unusual murder mystery entitled: FORBIDDEN STEPS.

Regards, and have a great day, Ed

http://www.edrambeau.com


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Milton Esitubi Mary Anita And The Second Liberation In Kenya Consider reading this dramatic book for entertainment full of African passion and flavour, culture, social life and politics


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