Thursday, March 26, 2020

Six-Sentence Story: A Dilemma

When the Sunday worship service was over, Hannah was in a dilemma. She wondered if it would be better to err on the side of safety and pretend that she hadn’t noticed the pastor’s obvious mistake. On second thought, it could be more thoughtful of her to point it out, though it might make him feel humiliated for a moment. She even wondered if the pastor had made the mistake on purpose in order to see if the congregation was listening to him carefully, but it seemed most unlikely. If one of the main points of the sermon had not been based on his careless misunderstanding, Hannah would have kept silent...

Finally, she walked up to the experienced pastor, and told him in a soft voice what she had to say, which the writer of this story has chosen not to disclose here for the sake of the pastor, whose face turned red immediately.

this week's prompt: safety

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it? Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

Hello. It's been a while...I wonder if anyone remembers me... I wasn't a very diligent 'Hodgpodger' before, and I deleted my old blog in 2016. This one is less than five months old. -- A few weeks before I started this blog, I quit working as a translator. It was a difficult decision to make, but I find it sort of liberating.

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1-Not at all, living normally 
2-Cautious but still going out 
3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family 
4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people 
5-Full lockdown, no one in or out

3-- As of today, there is only 1 case confirmed in my city. I live in Japan.

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delcious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?

Whether social distancing or not, I usually cook three meals a day at home.  Last night I cooked pasta with scallops, onions, and cherry tomatoes. It was good.

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

Now that you mention it, I seldom watch TV or movie these days. I have many other things to do, and I feel my attention span is getting shorter and shorter. If I were forced to name one, I would say "The Great British Sewing Bee," which I have watched on TV here from time to time recently. I found it interesting, though I can't say I really liked it.

5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week.

Someone has shared this video in his blog.

6. Insert your own random thought here:

I am praying that all of us and our loved ones will be  protected from the virus, and anxiety and fear.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bible Memory -- Spring 2020

I'm going to take part in Bible Memory--Spring 2020 hosted by Do Not Depart. For more information, click on the image below. 

I have found it encouraging to try to memorize passages from the Bible in community, and I am thankful that I am a member of this community.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Six-Sentence Story: Puzzling Questions

I am an only child.

When I was a little child, it puzzled me that many of my parents’ friends and acquaintances asked me if I was not lonely and if I didn’t wish I had brothers and sisters.

“No, I am not lonely, and I don’t want any brothers and sisters.”

Saying so, I sensed their slight disappointment. It seemed to me that they had expected me to say yes, which made me wonder if an only child was supposed to be lonely. I wondered why so many of them asked me questions like these.

this week's prompt: question

Monday, March 16, 2020

#AtoZ Theme Reveal

Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge 2020 badge

My theme for Blogging from A to Z April Challenge this year is my favorite things, partly because thinking of them makes me happy, and partly because it is the easiest topic for me to write about. 

Though I may appear to have a lot of free time, I have a lot of other things to do. I have only limited time for blogging, and I can't afford to spend a lot of time reading up on things that are new to me. So it is better to write about something I already know. 

Besides, I am not a native speaker of English. I have never been to a country where it is spoken. I've been studying it as a foreign language, and I am writing this blog in English mainly because I would like to practice using the language in a meaningful way, without leaving my small room in a small city in Japan.

Thank you for reading this. I hope to see you again soon.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

A Six-Sentence Story: Hannah's Life

Hannah gets up at around 5:30, and spend some time with God, reading a passage from the Bible and praying. She now lives with her father in his 80s, who is getting hard of hearing, in his small old house by the river. She has breakfast, lunch and supper with her father at home every day. She goes to church on Sundays, goes grocery shopping a few times a week, and visits the public library a few times a month. She spends most of her spare time in her room, reading books, playing chorale preludes on the electronic keyboard, working on a sewing project, or writing to some of her friends living in faraway places. This is NOT the way of living Hannah dreamed of when she was young, but to her surprise, she finds herself fully satisfied with her routine now, appreciating every moment of her peaceful life.

this week's prompt: routine

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

My Brokenness

Jesus says to us, “Place who you are and what you have in My hands. Your broken life. Your story. Your frailty and your failure, your pain and your suffering. Put it in My hands. You’ll be surprised what I can do with it.” Jesus knows that out of our emptiness, He can bring fullness. Out of our weakness, He can reveal His strength.

Today's Scriputre: Luke 9:11-17

What brokenness have you experienced? 

When I was younger, I went through bouts of clinical depression again and again. As a result, I have lost my dream job. (The job was everything to me at that time, and at the same time, it was a cause of my depression.)

What would it look like to offer that experience to Jesus and ask Him to bring life to others from it?

I've been asking Him to use me. I'm still waiting for His answer.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Six-Sentence Story: Ms. Y*

I worked at a senior high school in a small city in Japan as a teacher of English as a foreign language several years ago. One of my colleagues, Ms. Y*, had especially difficult students with multiple disciplinary problems in her homeroom class that year. Ms. Y* was amazingly patient and kind. She always looked cheerful even during the most stressful time. She would often binge on cookies and chocolate in the teachers’ office, saying “I am coating my nerves with sugar so that I can cope with the stress.” She joked that sugar helped her keep going, but it was her love of her students that was the secret to her patience.

this week's prompt: coat

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

I'm In!

I'm taking part in Blogging from A to Z April Challenge this year!
Are you?

I have participated in  Blogging from A to Z April Challenge five times before:
  • 2014 -- (without theme)
  • 2015 -- Kanji, Chinese Ideograms Used in Japan
  • 2016 -- Japanese Dishes
  • 2017 -- My Life in Six Words
  • 2018 -- Haiku
You can't read them now, because every now and then, I have a fit of "delete-my-blog-and-start-anew" syndrome. Last year, I was too busy to take part in the challenge.

I'm still busy this year, so I'm going to set a realistic goal. I hope to visit as many blogs as possible during the challenge to learn about something new every day.