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2011/10/20
「【国外-79】[USA-51]Home to share in Pennsylvania, USA(English only)」

I've been following the news about Fukushima on enenews and fukushima diary, and I've been wondering if there's a way to help.

In March I wrote to a woman my age (I'm 73) who lived in Kyoto and had stayed with my wife (now deceased) and me in our home. Hiroko had been my stepson's host mother in Kyoto for a year. She intended to stay with us for a year, but her husband became ill and she returned to Kyoto several months early.

Her granddaughter, who is 15, responded to my letter and told me that Hiroko had died.

I offered her to come live with me and continue her schooling here, but I have not heard from her. I assume she has decided to stay in Japan. She has little English and needed help from her teacher to write to me. I do not speak or write Japanese.
 
I have a two-bedroom house near Lebanon, Pennsylvania. I have been living here alone (with my dog, a mastiff) since my wife died eight years ago (ironically, of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which could well have been due to the Three Mile Island disaster because she was living downwind of TMI when the meltdown occurred). Her family was healthy, so was she, and her family lived long lives.
 
I could certainly accommodate one person, and if we got on the living arrangement could be permanent. There would be no rent, and I have two motor vehicles and a bicycle that could all be shared. Eventually I would expect that some living expenses would come to be shared.

The area where I live is a small suburban community several miles from Lebanon, so my house is not within walking distance of anything. My street consists of a village of semidetached stone houses built in the 1860s for iron miners and their families. The houses were modernized a few times and sold to their occupants some 35 years ago when the corporation (US Steel) closed the mine. One elderly miner still lives in the village, and several houses are occupied by miners' families.

I am retired. I have a bachelor's degree in English literature and master's degrees in English literature and public health. My work was in biological and health research and publishing.

I'm a terrible cook, but I eat everything--though very little meat. There are restaurants in Lebanon and other nearby communities, but most are not very good. Eating out is not a highly developed part of the local culture.

The closest international airport is near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

David Amundson
jhnkarlssen@gmx.com

----- 住所 -----
Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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1. posted by Great Deal!  2011/11/17 08:51
Nice offer, sir! The East Coast of the U.S. (not including New England) has not shown any increase in mortality rates yet, per CDC data since the 3/11 accident. I hope you will get some takers!! I hope a Japanese mother & vulnerable little child could fit with you until they are settled in to safety. That is great that you have an advanced degree in Public Health, too. :)
p.s. There are YouTube appeals by Japanese parents, seeking a place to contact just like you!!!
2. posted by Great Deal!  2011/11/17 08:53
actually, they were begging for help from someone like you for their kids!... :(

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