Thursday, March 15, 2018

One Day in a Classroom

 I used to teach English as a foreign language in high schools in Japan. One of the most embarrassing moments as a teacher is when I couldn't stop giggling in front of the class for more than ten minutes.
I was working with an assistant teacher from Canada, who made a funny comment on a picture of a man in the textbook. I don't remember what exactly he said, but somehow it triggered my uncontrollable laughter. Trying to suppress it in vain,  I found myself walking up to the window and hiding myself behind a thin white cotton curtain. The harder I tried to control myself, the more giggles welled up.

Six Sentence Stories
 the cue : curtain

Thursday, June 15, 2017


I haven't had enough time to write in my blog recently, because I've been absorbed in practicing playing the electronic organ.
Several days ago, my wrists and thumbs began to hurt, and I realized that I had been spending too much time playing the musical instrument. So, I'm forcing myself to do something else in my spare time, such as reading books, listening to CDs, and studying more about the organ pieces I've been practicing. Searching for the lyrics of the chorale, Meinen Jesum laß' ich nicht, I came across a wonderful website that has the original lyrics and their English translation, and this is the link to the website: Bach Cantatas Website.
I've downloaded and printed the lyrics of some of my favorite chorales. I'm going to study the lyrics, and learn some German words, while waiting for my hands to heal.

Monday, May 8, 2017

#AtoZChallenge Reflections

Glad to have participated in it.
Thank you for your kind comments.
I'm sorry I couldn't always reciprocate.
The participants' list isn't a must.
I'm looking forward to next April.
Thank you again for your visits.
my theme:
describing my life in six words

Saturday, May 6, 2017

#10 Things of Thankful, May 6

Ten Things of Thankful
a cup of coffee first thing in the morning

flowers in our garden
more flowers in our garden
pleasant, sunny days in early May

taking a walk along the river

visiting a park decorated with koi-nobori (carp streamers) on Thursday

lovely tulips in the park

kashiwa-mochi (rice cake wrapped with a leaf of daimyo oak),
which are sold only at this time of the year

I finished Blogging from A to Z April Challenge last Sunday
Another Scripture memory challenge has started.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chicken Thigh Teriyaki

About five years ago, several month before she passed away, my mother found this recipe in a free magazine that a bank clerk had given her.
She liked the recipe, and told it to me while we were talking on the phone.
Since then, I've loved this tasty, easy-to-make chicken thigh teriyaki.
To make the teriyaki, we need about 1 pound of chicken thigh, 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons of honey.
Put all the ingredients in a plastic bag, and rub the soy sauce and the honey into the chicken.
Let stand for at least an hour, and grill it until done.
cue: chicken

Sunday, April 30, 2017


 Zigzag paths with ups and downs
describing my life in six words

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Young at heart, probably too young. 
describing my life in six words