1998-09 – Letters from Venus

Hello my friend in space!

I am learning much about computers and technology of late! Donatello has asked me to help him with his works, and I am most honored to do so! I do not pretend to know what he is doing, but he is very gracious and explains much to me. He is currently teaching me the magic of mathematics! He does great things with this knowledge!

I confess that it is not easy to learn! While it is based in concepts that I find familiar, it is also very tricky to think in the ways that one must to comprehend its intricacies! I have much to learn, but Donatello is a good teacher!

I have also been working diligently with Leonardo and Master Splinter to better incorporate my abilities with the group. We are practicing our skills with great regularity, and the Sensei is pleased with our progress!

In the evenings, it is most pleasurable to sit with your American cookbooks and study your cuisine. It is very interesting to see what different herbs and plants are used in the West in comparison to my homeland! I also quite like to experiment by combining spices from the East with those of this side of the globe to see what they will do together. Unfortunately, most of MY experiments fail to have pleasing results! But I am learning, and Master Splinter has grown quite fond of my tea mixtures.

I still miss China. The trip there pointed out to me how many things that I no longer have. And yet, there are so many new possibilities here in America that I cannot help but be excited. I hope to visit my home with great frequency… it is an odd thing to be of two worlds. The Sensei is helping me cope with these emotions of fear and yearning… it is often overwhelming and he is a great comfort. I hope you are as fortunate as I and have someone in your life that you can turn to in times of need. I ask that if you are so lucky, please reward your friend today by thanking them for being there for you. It is good Karma to do so, and as such, it will make both of you feel very well!

We are busy with our studies and exercises… it is a most wonderful time! The boys tell me that we have been lucky that things have been so quiet… and I agree! The Dragon Lord has been unseen for some time (no doubt making evil plans) as have are other enemies. From the tales I have heard of the past, I am very happy that the Foot is no longer around.

I am left with nothing more to say! So many thoughts move through my mind, and yet when I sit to write, they flutter away as if a flock of migrating birds! I must make better practice to correct this!

Until we meet again, I wish you all the best.

Peace be with you,

Master Splinter

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