Saturday, September 18, 2021

Ten Greek Words I Studied This Week


I'm taking part in the Bible Memory Challenge , where we study 1 John 1, and I've started reading the chapter in Koine Greek, too. 

1John 1:1

Some of the words in this verse are familiar to me, because I studied The Gospel according to John in Greek decades ago, but it seems as if most of the verbs were new to me. The following is the list of ten Greek words I reviewed and studied this week which I am thankful for.

  • < ὅς  : that which (relative pronoun)
  • ἀρχή : beginning
  • ὀφθαλμός: eye  (cf. ophthalmology) 

  • χείρ : hand  (cf. chirographic, chiropractic) 

  • λόγος: word (cf. logic, -logy)
  • ζωή: life  
  • ἀκούω : hear  (cf. acoustic)
  • ὁράω : see
  • θεάομαι: look upon
  • ψηλαφάω: touch

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Six-Sentence Story: the Island


On the last day of our trip, Mariko and I went to the southern tip of the island. We got off the tram at the terminal, and walked on the narrow path leading to Tachimachi-Misaki, the place whose name means "the cape where we stand waiting". When we got to the cape, it was cloudy and the view was not clear, but we took a few pictures there anyway, before heading for the airport. 

The plane landed at Haneda in an hour and a half, and we said good-bye at Tokyo Station.

A few years after that, Mariko went to the United States with her husband, and we lost touch with each other. 

Years and years have passed since then, and the photos in my old album remind me of the summer when we visited Hokkaido together.

this week's prompt: island

Saturday, September 11, 2021

#Ten Things of Thankful: September 11, 2021


  1. Mrs. W*, who had a surgery last week, is doing well.
  2. Earlier this week, I listened to an encouraging podcast, Living with Depression, an interview with Sarah J. Robinson, which I can relate to.
  3. I am thankful that I've been free from severe depression for the last seven years.
  4. Last Tuesday, it was sunny, and I aired out most of the summer bedding.  
  5. I went shopping and got a few long-sleeved shirts for my father and myself.  
  6. I took part in the Bible study meeting last Friday, where we studied Judges 4. 
  7. I am allergic to the pollens of certain wild flowers of the chrysanthemum family, and I am thankful that I didn't sneeze during the meeting mentioned above.
  8. I am thankful for the rainy days when my allergic symptoms are less severe.
  9. As always, I am thankful for the time I spend playing the electronic organ. 
  10. I am thankful for ordinary, peaceful days. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

#Sky Watch Friday: September 10, 2021


After the rain let up, I went for a walk along the riverbank after breakfast. It was hot and humid, so I came back in about half an hour. 

Skywatch Friday

Thursday, September 9, 2021

#Six Sentence Story: Deal

I have spent a great deal of time studying English as a foreign language, not out of necessity but out of curiosity. 

I take part in Six Sentence Stories mainly because I want to practice writing. I always look up the prompt word in my dictionaries, read the definitions and examples carefully, and learn something new. 

This time, I have discovered an interesting collocation, "cut a deal". I find this expression a sort of misleading, partly because I often associate cutting with stopping or severing, and partly because a Japanese translation of this phrase, 契約を結ぶ (keiyaku-o-musubu), which literally means "tie a deal," sounds almost the opposite.

Sometimes I am so absorbed in reading dictionaries and pondering on words that I don't have enough time left to write a story using the prompt word. 😊

this week's prompt: deal

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


When I was listening to the radio doing the dishes after breakfast, I heard them talking about banning inhumane weapons. -- Is there any weapons that are humane?  


No weapons are humane. 

Judge me naïve, but we do NOT afford to waste time thinking of ways to kill one another. Why don't we devote ourselves to living together?

Saturday, September 4, 2021

#Ten Things of Thankful: The Bottle Gourd

The other day, Mrs. Y* gave me a large bottle gourd weighing nearly five pounds, which one of her neighbors had grown in her garden. She also gave me a packet of mixed seasonings for easy-to-make salad, and a recipe for boiled gourd with starchy sauce.

I had never cooked a bottle gourd before, so it was exciting to try something new. My father said that he had often had gourd soup in his childhood, and he helped me cut and pare the vegetable. 

Both the salad and the boiled gourd with starchy sauce we made were good. 

Thank you for reading this post.