Setsuko "Betty" Tsuchiya (Author) and her Dance Partner, Daniel S. Janik (Author)'s shared Blog

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CRUISING

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Sunday, May 12, 2019, In : Dan's Blogs 
Betty and I are about to return to our home in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA after our yearly 14 day vacation. It all began towards the end of April, when we jumped aboard the Celebrity Eclipse for a cruise around Maui and Big Island, and then five days at sea traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Three days there and it's back to Honolulu. 

This is our fifth cruise and our first with Celebrity. Our first four were with Carnaval from Los Angeles or San Diego to Mexico, and our fifth was wi...
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THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Posted by Dan Janik on Monday, March 11, 2019, In : Dan's Blogs 
Over the decades, I've had the opportunity to watch American society change. That it inexorably does change is close to a truism. Each generation that's born into the work begins assuming what they experience is "normal" and becomes a baseline for trying to ferret out what "true" and what's, well, untrue. That task has become a lot harder this decade. What with coercive advertising, spun facts, "fake news," "social reality" (largely via the internet), superheroes everywhere and a level of pro...
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A ZIG-ZAGGY FISHTAIL

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Monday, March 11, 2019, In : Betty's Blogs 
Nope. Not a new fossil from China. Not a deformed fillet either. We're working on a new and unique figure for our Quickstep; namely a Zig-Zag, followed by a Cross Swivel amalgamated with a Fishtail. Neither is new, of course; in fact, they've been around so long few competitors are dancing them in Quickstep, focusing instead on a variety of novel runs. Amalgamated, however, these three classic figures create a unique break to the rhythm and flow of Quickstep. 

Looking over the over 30+ revisio...
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OPPOSITION

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Thursday, January 17, 2019, In : Betty's Blogs 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I reviewed human anatomy tonight. This is the first time in 2019.

First I did a quiz on what I learned about muscle anatomy last year, namely the muscles of the upper and lower arm. I knew the major muscles names and actions, but I really didn't understand these muscles' origins and insertions or their direction (for Swedish massage). The human body is so complicated, especially when studying it in English rather than my native Japanese! My husband, who is a retired physician, r...
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TIMING, TEMPO AND RHYTHM

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Thursday, January 10, 2019, In : Betty's Blogs 
My husband (and dance partner) and I talked about how to explain rumba today. Our instructor, Mr. Albert Franz, always said what made a dance particular was foot position, rise and fall, sway, contra body (Modern or Standard Ballroom) or Cuban motion (Latin), timing and rhythm, direction/allignment, turn, footwork, and finally, precede/follows, but it is timing and rhythm that seems to give the biggest problem and cause the most confusion in dancers. In my book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (...
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REAL SOMATIC THERAPY!

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Monday, January 7, 2019, In : Betty's Blogs 
Happy New Year!

It is already Jan. 6th. Time goes so fast.

My husband and I went to Hawaii Kai Retirement Center to host a monthly dance. It's strictly volunteer, and I love it!

This is the first event of 2019. We hold it on the first Sunday of every month. This month was New Year's Party!

From 6:00 pm, retirement center residents gathered at "The Ice Cream Parlor" in the Center next to the dining room in Phase Two. We danced to Glen Miller's music for 20 minutes, then we did a Tango performance,...
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More ENGLISH! もっともっと英語を!

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Monday, October 1, 2018, In : Betty's Blogs 
今、彼のブログを日本語に訳したんだけど、すごい時間を要して疲れた!と同時に、もっと英語、勉強しなきゃあ!って思った。

英語での本を出版してから、英語トラウマと、仕事柄、日本語が多い!そして日本語での日々の生活が多くなった。
だから、必然的に、脳みそは日本語。寂しい!!

時々、日本語での夢をみたあさは、あっ!日本語の夢だった!とちょっと...
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FROZEN IN HAWAII

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Monday, October 1, 2018, In : Dan's Blogs 
Watching Disney's "Frozen" reminds us that somewhere in the world, there's more snow than just shave ice in a bowl. Shave ice is Hawaii's way of remembering what winter is like elsewhere. In fact, my favorite winter (i.e. shave ice) is Waialua dark chocolate flavor. Yumm. Now that's what I call winter.

Being originally from Alaska, I'm often asked why I moved to Hawaii. Sunshine, tradewinds, sweet smelling flowers, lots of great ballroom and latin dancing. I'm equally often asked if I miss Al...
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RENEWING THIS BLOG. AGAIN.

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Saturday, October 28, 2017, In : Betty's Blogs 
Aloha. Recently, I have been thinking of renewing my life and this blog. When I read my last blog entry, I was so busy finishing my master's degree in somatic therapy and publishing my book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017), I couldn't find time to continue blogging, and I was afraid I'd have to end Futari Blog. Gladly, I have now finished my master's degree (yay!) and had my book published (double yay!), and now have time and interest. In fact, I've entirely changed my thinking abo...
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AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE ELECTION...

Posted by Dan on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, In : Dan's Blogs 

I was asked yesterday by a friend who I was going to vote for. An innocuous question, to my surprise, asked in a decidedly acrimonious voice. It was as if whomever I voted for, if it wasn't the same as the person he voted for, our relationship, perhaps even our lifelong friendship would suddenly fall into doubt. 

First, like many Americans, I'm sick of the tsunami of pathos, ethos, keiros and personally interpreted numos, and the almost total lack of the only kind of argument that has any tru...


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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted by Betty on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : Betty's Blogs 
Happy New Year!!

It has been so busy a new year.  I went to work on New Year's Day.  After working, Dan and I attended my editor's wedding in the evening on January second (my editor, David, is editing my upcoming book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY).  The weather was heavy with rain but the wedding had so many people and was a very relaxed ceremony.

It has been three years since Dan injured his knee and his doctor said to forget about dancing. He recommended surgery and said he had a 75% chance...
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BACK ON THE DANCE FLOOR - WELL, ALMOST!

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : Dan's Blogs 
Ever since I was a child, I've loved dance, but it wasn't until I was almost 40 years old that I got my break. That's when I met Betty. We met in Berkeley, California, at a YMCA dance, and have been dancing together since. When we moved to Hawaii, we took lessons as keen amateurs from a variety of dance teachers and coaches beginning with Judy Athens, moving on to Albert Franz, who gave us our first taste of competition dancesport, and, while recovering from a knee injury, continuing our expl...
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A NEW LIFE - AGAIN!

Posted by Betty's Blog on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, In : Betty's Blogs 
Two days ago, I suddenly decided to enroll in a Master degree by online course.  When I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts (I did it all in English!) I told myself, that's enough studying!  That's it!  I studied hard and struggled to finish my undergraduate degree while working.  I felt very satisfied.  I had learned a lot, especially critical thinking and I began using this method frequently in my life.  

I have lived a relaxed life for several years, almost like an American ...
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AWAY FOR AWHILE -- BACK AT LAST!

Posted by Dan on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, In : Dan's Blogs 
Ah, Earthlings, Sorry About That!

I've been visiting with Dr. Who and completely forgot the time. Then, instead of traveling back to our previous post, I decided instead to travel forward to my next birthday (can't pass over a birthday -- Never!). So, here I am. It's the last day of June 2014, and three days before my next big one. 

I've already begun celebrating, of course. A birthday is just too big for one day! 

Yesterday, Betty took me on a Pirate Adventure aboard a pirate boat in Waikiki. I...
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The Grand Hotel Budapest

Posted by Dan and Betty on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, In : Dan's Blogs 
As a publisher, editor and "multi-award-winning author," I'm often asked by writers aspiring to become authors, what I recommend to help make the transition easier or more effective. The answer is a bit like a keen amateur dancer asking how to become a professional dancer. The answer is, there is no one answer I know other than, if you're a dancer, dancing your heart out every moment of your life, and, if you're a writer, writing your heart out every moment of your life and showing what you'r...
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Really vacation!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, In : Betty's Blogs 
Dan and Betty are now in the hotel and having a good four days relaxation time this year. When I paid the fee for staying at the hotel, I thought, "Oh, we could have taken dance lessons ten times more (!) and have money left over for something else, too. In the end, it was not a reasonable fee because the hotel was doing renovations. It was twice as much as last year, and they were busy fixing things.  

But, it's all right: We did not take a vacation last year.  

When we went to the room, I imm...
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THE WHALES AT TURTLE BAY?

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, In : Dan's Blogs 
Yeah, here we are at the famous Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore of Oahu for four days of well-deserved R & R. And, yeah, we've been watching one after another humpback whale spout, jump, slap the water with fins and tails, and otherwise go crazy. But, alas, we've not seen a single turtle. 

Three or so years ago when we visited there were plenty of turtles. Now, nary a one! So, with nothing else to do here but relax, I've put on my thinking cap and come up with some possible explanations f...
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Is it Really a New Year?

Posted by Dan and Betty on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, In : Dan's Blogs 
It's December 31st. No question. But I wonder if, at one minute after midnight the old year will end and a new one begin. Not that the calendar won't change from 2013 to 2014. No, that will definitely happen. Not that the big ball in New York City won't fall. That, too, will definitely happen. Not that the world's leaders won't give a New Year's address. God forbid! Not that we won't have fireworks in Honolulu. Well, maybe there it starts to gray. 

Actually, looking out our large window at Wai...
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Christmas Time is Here

Posted by Dan and Betty on Saturday, December 28, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Call me old-fashioned, but Christmas, especially here in Hawaii, is one of my number-one, ichiban, best-ever holiday. While in much of the world, it's only one day, in Hawaii, it lasts a month or more to the New Year. 

Christmas begins around Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving holiday in Hawaii being more of a thanks giving for the Christmas holidays. Next comes Christmas shopping. Welcoming the humpback whales back to Hawaii. Volunteering with your favorite charity. Watching Santa come to Hawaii on a...
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Dancing!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Aloha!

Dan and I have been busy almost one month. We were surprised that we haven't blogged for one month. During the month, however, we returned to dancing, now two days a week! It was so fun dancing again. I'm glad Dan is able to dance again. For the past three years, I have been helping Dan to recover without surgery. The hours of massage and muscle releasing are paying off finally.

When we went to dancing, everyone we knew asked us what happened. We are so happy to be dancing again. 

In the ...
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The GEEK GREEK

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
I don't usually comment on television shows. In fact, I generally avoid them. A TV program has to be really exceptional for me to tolerate all those interminable commercials and still have the space to relate. But relate I could to GREEK. To tell the truth, I didn't even know the six-season series existed, until stumbling on it on NetFlix well after the series was laid to rest and buried.

I could relate to this program maybe because in my college years I worked as a houseboy in a fraternity i...
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Curse of the Green Gecko!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
This Saturday, Betty and I made our weekly trek to Oahu's Northshore. The weather was beautiful. We drove to the end of the road in Mokuleia, and walked the shoreline, Betty looking for salt, and me for sea shells. Then it happened! Peeking out from behind a chunk of a'a (sharp) lava I saw a flash of brilliant red and green. I knew instantly it had to be the Green Gecko, who visits to warn believers just before a disaster. And I'm a believer. Always have been. 

It's impossible not to recognize...
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PLAY!!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Saturday, July 20, 2013,
Aloha!
My husband  asked me that why and how people play.  I said, what? I didn't know what to reply. He asked me another way how to play. How to play, I wondered?  Do you play alone? he asked this time.

I said that people play with other people, not alone.  For example, a husband and a wife go to someplace together and hold hands. That means when people play they often like touch, skin-to-skin, that is like somatic therapy (my definition of somatic therapy involves breathing and touch).

When pe...
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Primary Perception

Posted by Betty and Dan on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
According to Wikipedia (Michelson-Morley) physics theories of the 19th century "assumed that just as surface water waves must have an intervening substance...in this case water), and audible sound requires a medium to transmit its wave motions (such as air or water), so light must also require a medium (the 'luminiferous aether')." If aether existed, it was argued by Michelson and Morley, then it should exert a measurable if small effect. These two researchers attempted to measure the effect ...
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The Legend of Studio 54

Posted by Betty and Dan on Thursday, July 11, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Our last time in Las Vegas (yeh, everyone who's anyone goes to Las Vegas at least once from Honolulu), we made it a priority to stop and go dancing at the MGM Grand's albeit watered down version of the famous Studio 54. I must admit right at the beginning that neither of us ever had the opportunity of going to the original in the Big Apple. So, instead we danced our hearts out all evening to Disco '70 music and partied until the wee hours just as if we'd been at the "real" Studio 54 in the 70...
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独立記念日!The Fourth of July!!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
July Fourth! 独立記念日!

I went to the work today, even though today is a holiday -- Independence Day!  How am I supposed be celebrate today and appreciate to  live in USA when everyone else is celebrating and I am working? Still, today is birthday of USA. 

My husband told me that is why there are fireworks for Independence Day. It is to remember the difficult war that American's fought to be free.  I never thought about the reason for it. Then Dan explained that when USA tried to become...
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Fireworks and the Fourth

Posted by Betty and Dan on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
As an American, I have to admit my propensity for the Fourth of July - Independence Day. The celebration is all about freedom - freedom from oppression, freedom to choose, freedom to be, to imagine being, anything one wishes. No question about it. But for me it's the fireworks. You see, I was born on the Third of July, and believed until I was six that the fireworks the next day were in celebration of my having been born! Really! I was totally crushed when my school chums refused to back down...
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When Men Cry for Joy...

Posted by Betty and Dan on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
The earth is a magnificent place. Think Swiss Alps, red autumn leaves, the scent of frangiapanni in the air, ripe mangoes. It's people who are the problem. Hurt, depressed, vengeful, they replay their hurt on one another over and over, incessantly, hoping against hope that someone, somewhere will save them from themselves. Is a better world possible when so much pain is circulating around in ever widening spirals? Is our fate that of a magnificent world of damaged Conan the Barbarians where t...
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Bollywood Movie!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
Good evening!  happy Father's Day!

My husband and I recently enjoy watching Bollywood movies.  According to wikipedia, "Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India".

We watched three Bollywood movies so far.  They are dancing and love stories.  Three stories based on what love is, 

We watched "Dil To Pagal Hai", dancing and love story.  What is true love?  The story is dancing and love and happy end.
The dancing 
c...
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Blueberries Forever

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
For some, it's money. For others it's steak and potatoes. For me, an Alaskan sourdough at hear, it has to be blueberries forever!  I recall hiking the sunny but misty rolling mountains north of Anchorage where I grew up. My three favorite things then were Ted (my very best friend), fishing, and, yet, blueberries. Sometimes Ted and I would hike the hills searching for blueberries, and when they were there, the whole mountainside would be covered with them. Little tiny one, intensely blue, ofte...
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Meaning

Posted by Betty and Dan on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Everything is information, but not all information has meaning. I have been collecting meaningful information that is new to me. Here's some I would like to share with you:

XXXX - this means "many kisses" -- I like this one especially)
LoL -- this means "lots of love" (I think; anyway I've decided this is what it means)
>>------> - this is "Cupid's arrow;" it means I can't help but love you
:-) - this is a "smiley face" and means I'm happy 
;-) - this is a wink; it means we share a secret together...
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Follywood

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
You've heard it all: Hollywood, Bollywood, and now Follywood. What do I mean by Follywood? Ten years ago, it was already clear to me that producers and financiers, who together ultimately select what will be brought to the silver screen, had abdicated and moved to another planet. One where violence exists in the extreme (the "Conan" myth), where success in amoral pursuit of money is the measure of personal worth (the "Pirate" syndrome), and nothing at all can happen without the latest in whiz...
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My Husband, Dan!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
Aloha!

I write in English tonight,too.  When I went to my interview, I realized that I want to improve English more so I tried to write my Blog in English.  This is challenging for me and how much I can write it in English.
May be I will write my Blog in Japanese tomorrow.  I already am tired to write my Blog in English.

Today, I write about part one of my husband.  Dan, 
American, my husband and I met in California (CA). When my lady friend and I went to social dance class at YMCA in Berkeley CA...
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Poetically Perfect

Posted by Betty and Dan on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Although I'm a prose writer by profession, I've always been a poet at heart. Maybe at the heart of every good prose writer is a poet. Whatever, I began writing poetry at 12 years of age and have been writing ever since. In undergraduate college I wrote a poem called "Everyway" which won many honors and is one of my favorite to this day. Then came "Water Faucet Man" and many others, eventually collected in three editions: (1) "Footprints, Smiles and Little White Lies," (2) "The Illustrated Mid...
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Fowl Weather

Posted by Betty and Dan on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Betty and I moved to Hawaii in 1993, and for the next 14 years (7 x 2) the weather here has been warmer, surprisingly with less rain. In 1993, the pattern was, starting in January, cool and dry, slowly warming and getting more humid to September, when it was very humid and very hot. Then the rains would come. Tropical storms with occasional hurricanes the dumped so much water at a time, we sometimes had to stop driving, being unable to see anything several feet in front of the windshield. Now...
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中途半端!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
今晩は!

この頃Blogを書くのに、頭を抱えている。
何をTopicにしようかな?
書きたい事が決まって、さあ書きましょうと、、。
日本語の表現が出来ない!
書きたい事が頭に浮かぶのに、
それを日本語の表現にしにくい!

じゃあ、英語で!
それも、大変!

日本語を忘れて来ている。
英語も中途半端。

なんて言う事なのか!

彼は、topicをさっさと決めて、、。
スラスラと書いて...
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No-beconomics

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Do people really control "the economy?" Does "the economy" control us? Or is "the economy" simply justification for doing whatever "we" -- the government, corporations or the people -- want? 

The first problem with the idea of being able to "control the economy" is that "money," it's basic currency, has become an illusion. Money is only "real" to those who believe they possess it, or "don't have enough." In the end, "not enough money" is an excuse for not doing something. There is always enoug...
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Urban Legends

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Several nights ago, Betty and I had the privilege of viewing "Legends in Concert (Waikiki)." I expected to see an Elvis Presley look-alike, and maybe several other star look-alikes. I'm from the 60s and 70s so I can say from personal experience that Elvis looked and sang like Elvis, Stephen Tyler like Stephen Tyler (of Aerosmith), Madonna like Madonna and Michael Jackson as Michael Jackson. What blew me out of my seat was that in many ways the look-alikes and show exceeded those they were por...
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Peter Pan

Posted by Betty and Dan on Sunday, May 19, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
The "Peter Pan Syndrome" is said to "affect people who do not want or feel unable to grow up, people with the body of an adult but the mind of a child" or "describes men, who are childlike in their relationships, their ability to handle responsibilities, and their pursuit of pleasure." Well enough, but what it's really about is curiosity and the joy of discovery -- the simpler joys of childhood.

In this world of money, money, money, and power, power, power, wouldn't it be nice to share somet...
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日々あれこれ!

Posted by Setsuko Tsuchiya on Sunday, May 19, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
今晩は!

今日も無事終わろうとしています。
こうして、毎日が過ぎて行くのが何だか怖いような、、。
もう少しで6月。12ヶ月分の5ヶ月が過ぎようとしているんだから、、。
目先の事に追われて、先が見えてない!
毎日を精一杯生きられると言う事が、とても大切だと思うけど、、。
それが将来につながる様になって欲しい!

全ては自分だけど、、。

何だか、日々...
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What Color is a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle?

Posted by Betty and Dan on Thursday, May 16, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Okay - the answer must be green, Right?

Wrong! 

I've been turtle-watching for over 5 years now all along the Oahu coastline, and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles range from light grey to yellow to green (yes) to brown to almost black. Why is that? I've no idea, but I can vouch for the spread in color with direct observations. So why do they call these cute, solitary, largely vegetarian turtles Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles? I think it's because we become green with envy at how sweet-natured, easy-going...
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Dream Comes True!

Posted by Betty & Dan on Thursday, May 16, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
Good Evening!

昨晩は、日本からのお友達ご夫婦とその方々の新婚さんお友達ご夫婦とDinnerに、、。
いろいろお話して、、。
おかきと佃煮のお土産を頂いて、、。(ありがとう!)

お話の中で、”夢を諦めないでネ!”一生懸命していたらいつかは叶うから、、、!
お友達、新婚さんご夫婦も、ずっと頑張って来て夢が叶ったから、、って、。

Dream Comes True!

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Inspiration

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
This morning I woke up and quickly wrote down a poem for Betty. I hope she likes it (I think she does). It is for her. One of a kind. Hers and hers alone. 

The poem came to me in a flash, as if by magic, from God, or from the Greek muses.

I know it's not "high poetry" but rather its "heart poetry" -- from the bottom of my heart. 

Where does inspiration come from? In this case, it really wasn't magic, or God or the Greek muses. It was from my love of Betty. She's the most important person in my w...
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Betty's Wake Up Song

Posted by Betty and Dan on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
Good Evening!

朝、寝起きの悪い私。
ついに彼がBettyの為に目覚ましSongを作ってくれた!

"Betty's Wake Up Song"

"Good Morning," said the chicken (Cock-a-doodle-do)
"Good Morning," said the crow (Caw, Caw)
"Good Morning," said the bright sunshine
There's something you should know.

There's lots of things to do today!
And all of them are fun.
Get up! get up! get out of bed!
Before the day is done.

目覚まし時計の代わりにこの歌を、、。
彼が歌う今朝でした。

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Proof

Posted by Betty and Dan on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
As an undergraduate liberal arts professor, I'm often asked how one knows what's really true. After all, isn't that what undergraduate college is all about -- critical thinking -- knowing what's true without needing the help of a professor? The answer is a simple, "Yes." Four years of undergraduate study (1/25th of one's life) and about $120,000 (the price of a starter house) buys an American college student one thing: critical thinking (critical reading, listening, writing and speaking). But...
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American Jokes

Posted by Betty and Dan on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
If there's one attribute that sets people apart from all other living things, it certainly must be humor. And if there's one attribute that sets Americans apart, it's probably American jokes. So here are a few of my favorite American jokes. 

A classic American-style pun (malapropisms or paronomasia): A pessimist's blood type is always b-negative.

Or how about this one: What do you call Santa's helpers? Subordinate clauses.

The geek joke: Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. One says, I think I’...
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The Turtle Dances

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, May 6, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
I don't think I've shared that I'm a multi-award-winning author of a variety of books ranging from non-ficition educational works to poetry collections to novels and children's books. My first children's book, SOURDOUGH SCOTT'S BEDTIME FAIRYTALES FROM ALASKA (Publication Consultants, 2005) is a collection of three "modern" fairy tales I made up and told around campfires throughout Alaska until someone suggested I write them down for posterity. 

That done, I wrote a non-fiction education work, ...
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What to Do About Guns?

Posted by Betty and Dan on Saturday, May 4, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
The USA is once again embroiled in discussions about what to do about guns. On the one hand, our nation was born in armed revolution. On the other hand, we are no longer engaged in revolution, and guns are being use as weapons of injury and death against citizens on more than a daily basis. It is being suggested that the US government have stricter "gun control laws," but this doesn't seem to me likely to work for two reasons: First, those who would use a gun to threaten or kill another human...
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Anna Karina and the former USSR

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Since Betty blogged about the story of Anna Karina in Leo Tolstoy's book and this newest movie production. I want to focus on my reaction to the movie and my last visit to the USSR. 

First, I was impressed by the presentation. The idea of melding opera, play, cinema and history felt distinctly Russian to me, and reminded me of the constant sense of historicity I felt when visiting St. Petersburg, Moscow and Krasnoyarsk (Siberia). People were people, work was work, life was life, but somehow th...
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"How Low Can You Go?" - An Old "Limbo" Dance Saying

Posted by Betty and Dan on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Hello, Sentence Dancers!

As a professor of liberal arts who teaches English 101/102 and Writing, and the author of over 60 books and articles, I am often asked how to make one's writing more interesting. One first-year college secret is to use differing sentence structure. But first, it is important to understand the difference between a clause and a sentence. A clause is a group of words with a subject and a verb. A sentence is a group of words (1) with a subject, and (2) a verb, that (3) beg...
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SEX

Posted by Betty and Dan on Friday, April 26, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Today's blog is about SEX (Special Epoxy X-ray - isn't that what you thought this was about? Ha, ha!). Last night after eating, I felt like a seed was stuck between my teeth. I used a toothpick to free the "seed" and noticed the edge of my tooth felt sharp. It didn't hurt, but it felt like a chip of tooth was missing. I called my dentist and made an appointment for the next day. 

The dentist took a special x-ray (S and X of SEX) of the tooth and said I had chipped the filling. Normally, that w...
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Thousand Years Tradition!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
今日も無事終わる事が出来そうです。ありがとうございました!

e-mailをCheckしていると、、。

彼: 早くBlog書いて、、!

私:今日はDanが先に書いてよ!

彼:君が先なんだよ!

私:そんな決まり無いよ!

彼:No,No,No, This is Thousand Years Tradition!

私:えっ!どこからそんな、言葉がでてくるの? まったくねえ!(笑)

何気ないその一言が、何だかとても幸せにしてくれた!

今日...
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Golden Armadillo

Posted by Betty and Dan on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
Aloha.  Do you know what this is?  Hint: It is an ancient animal from the days of the dinosaurs. It's an armadillo. We have a Golden Armadillo "pet" that was given to us by friends in Oklahoma for good luck.  

 
Oklahoma is located in the middle of the USA, next to Texas. Oklahoma has many armadillos. Of course, I've never actually seen a live one in Oklahoma, but that's what Oklahomans tell me (I have, however, seen deer, hummingbirds, squirrels and cardinals when visiting there). But back to ...
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Definition of Organic?

Posted by Betty and Dan on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
Good Evening!

昨日、映画を見に行った。久しぶり!
 
"コクリコ坂から" (From Up on Poppy Hill ) 宮崎駿監督。良い作品だった!

その後、Whole Foodsへ!Organic Foodにこだわる人か、混んでいた。

 何品か買い物をした。良いお値段のお買い物だった!

 食べ物にこだわると言う事は良い事だと思うけど、時々何がOrganicなのだろうか?What's definition of Organic?と....!

 
Betty

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Special Lunch and Dinner for a Working Woman

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Dan's Blogs 
I enjoyed making lunch and dinner today for Betty. It's her day off and she deserves it. She works so hard. I appreciate her.

For lunch we had Danish "open-face" sandwiches. Each small sandwich was one quarter of a slice of toasted rye bread, with mayonnaise, fresh ground pepper, and special toppings. These included "spicy tuna" (Hawaiian "pupu" or appetizer; Japanese sashimi), Italian prosciutto, or Roma tomato slice. Then, from our garden either a leaf of Manoa lettuce, basil, mint or shiso...
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ありがとう!Thank you Dan!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
今日はどんな一日でしたか?

今日は日曜日。彼も私も日曜日。骨休みの日。

私は、ゆっくり出来たけど、彼はLunchも夕飯も作ってくれた。

ありがとう!

優しい彼にありがとう!

Betty!

 

 

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Aloha from Betty!

Posted by Betty and Dan on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Betty's Blogs 
はじめまして Bettyです!

新年の抱負で"Futari"のブログを作ろう!って、、。

今日から始めます。
いろいろなこと書いていきたいと思っています。
よろしくお願い致します。

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