Sing, Sing a Song! 

Hello! 
Here is a video of me playing “Sing,” one of the first songs I learned on my ukulele about 5 years ago!

I started a community group teaching English SINGING to members of my community! My first class was today. I had so much fun! I hope my students had fun as well!

How do you connect?

What does it mean to connect? When do you know that there is one? And why do people (when they claim to have connection) feel it BOTH WAYS — when there is absolutely nothing physical connecting one being to another? And aren’t there times when the connections feel stronger… and then less so? What’s going on there, I wonder?

In a coaching session  with fellow “coursemate,” Peter, (he was coaching me) we talked about connection. It was our first time talking one on one, outside of the course we had both been taking for a couple of months. I knew he was a nice guy but I was a teeny bit afraid that there was a chance we would not “connect.”

So he got me thinking after the call. (It turned out to be way longer than we both had planned– so much to share, it turns out!)

It made me think, “Isn’t it interesting that we notice the “un” connectedness of connection — as if we were standing with pockets of void around us until we decide to acknowledge and/or embrace one another’s existence?

So does this connection come and go? Is it “there” one minute, then “not there” the next?

“Ummm, we never really connected.”

“The connection wasn’t there, you know.”

“Let’s connect sometime!”

Maybe we’ve talked about people we weren’t comfortable with or talked to people we planned to get together with later on. Is connection really just the act of two ends meeting (as is implied in the lines above)?

Peter slipped in this observation ever so casually when I whined a bit about not being able to catch up with how more experienced a friend was. He suggested that it was not trying to get on the same level with people; people who have more “knowledge” or more “experience” or more “understanding” that is “making” the connection stronger. The moment that we realize that “we are the same person,” not higher or lower, older or younger, or more or less “qualified” — that we feel and reveal the connection that is and has always been there. Strong. Steady. Unwavering. Not more “present” today or less “present” yesterday.

So if we are neither plugging into or unplugging from one another. That’s a pretty cool thing to know. If it’s just a matter of not being able to see it all the time. That’s also a good thing to know. It’s easy to know (well, relatively easy) that we are not our “money” or our “car” or our “family,” even.

But how are we when comes to fundamental values like “love” or “trust” (or the virtue of “connecting” with people, even?) Can we say the same? Am I not my values? That’s what makes me, ME, right? or maybe not. 

Values. Are they not also “outer coats” that we were told (with the best of intentions) protected us from the cruel elements? Are they not just that — “coats” to protect us. They are not the ME — the “being” that remains intact no matter what coat we are wearing.

Does it make more sense to think that we are unconnected beings trying to connect, or that we are connected beings that are tricked into feeling that we are not?

This is the concept that I am turning over in my mind today.

A RAINBOW OF COLORS!

A Rainbow of Colors
An original song by Auntie Mitz

A Rainbow of Colors

Red, I like the color red,
Blue, I know you like it, too!
Purple and Green
And all the colors in between,
A rainbow of colors for you!

Pink, I like the color pink,
Yellow, I nice color, you know!
Orange and white
See all the colors outside,
A rainbow of colors for you!

I like the light green of the grass!
I like the light blue of the sky!
I like the silver of the moon,
and the dark brown of the ground.

Red, I like the color red,
Blue, I know you like it too!
Purple and green and all the colors in between,
A rainbow of colors for you.

Purple and green and all the colors in between,
A rainbow of colors for you!
A RAINBOW OF COLORS FOR YOU!

Hello Everyone!
It’s a warm winter in Chigasaki this year!
今年の茅ヶ崎は暖かい冬を迎えてます
And the holiday season of warm wishes is upon us!
そして心暖まるホリデーシーズンもやってきました
I hope everyone is enjoying their last days of 2015!
2015年の残りをたくさん楽しんでください!

Happy Holidays!!!

the “DR” story

the “DR” story

Hello, I’m back! Did you enjoy your Halloween!
こんにちは!ご無沙汰しています。楽しいハロウィーンを過ごしましたか?
Today, I have a video talking about words with “dr”.
”DR”の発音についてのビデオを作って忌みました。
AND….I am going to talk about a “different” way to understand English pronunciation, called KataNeigo!
そして、ちょっと変わった(オリジナル)発音の記号を紹介してみました。
Overcome some “un”useful ‘habits’ and speak English more smoothly! Enjoy!
いやな”癖”を‘なくして、英語をもっとスムーズに!
(クラスで実践している方法です。小3でも初めて見る英語をとても上手に発音出する方法です!)

Recording of English message (英語のメッセージ)

by Auntie Mitz

Outside, Together (An original song!)

Outside, Together! (A weather song)

Hi Everyone! Here is my very first original song
to be released on the internet!

Feel the sunshine
Feel the rain
Feel the wind upon my face
I like to dance
I like to twirl outside
Together
What Weather do you like?
What Weather do you like?
I like sunny days,
I like rainy days,
I like cloudy days,
I like snowy days,
What Weather do you like?
What Weather do you like?
See the clouds
See the sky
Follow the birds, flying by
I like to dance
I like to twirl outside
Together. . . .
ドキドキ!ここで初めてのオリジナルソングで、
初めての公開です!これからもよろしくね!