I currently live in Japan as a writer and teacher. I started doing free hug events in December 2010 after seeing a video by Juan Mann, the one who started the "Free Hug Campaign." I was inspired, and I stepped beyond my comfort zone. It has truly enhanced the way I perceive my life and the lives of others -- even as I walk through a crowded train station in Tokyo. I have several books published, including A Wonderful Thing, which is my own idea on how the universe got started.