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Which Which? · 9 December 2017


Publicity photo of American actress, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 MGM feature film The Wizard of Oz
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Which witch is which witch?


I always liked that little tongue (or brain) twister. Mainly because you need to enunciate. You need to say each word cor-rect-ly. The “wh” sound is not like the “w” sound. “Which witch is which witch?”


Besides being a tongue twister though, it is also a brain twister. (I can just imagine people’s brains reaching out for different colors on a plastic sheet with colored dots.) After all, there seems to be confusion about which witch to use. In both speaking and writing. Part of it is because people do not always enunciate. WHICH becomes WITCH when people talk. And WITCH sometimes becomes WHICH. “Which witch is which witch?” might become “Witch which is witch which?” or even “Which which is witch witch?” or even “Which which is which which?” or even… Well, you get the picture.


I did not start on this thought because I wanted to pick on people’s pronunciation and enunciation. If I had, I could have thought of lots of different words for a rant like that. Neither was I thinking that homonyms and homophones were a great topic of discussion either. Texting and messaging and social media have ensured that we do not need to have correct spelling anymore. You might even be able to get away with spelling every word incorrectly in a blog post without people noticing. (Might need to try that sometime. Although I would have a hard time since I cannot even use “u” for “you” when texting.) At any rate, I was not going to tilt at usage windmills either. There are grammarians out there to do that sort of ranting and railing.


No. What I was really planning on commenting about was just how much I use which when I write. And how often I use it at the beginning of sentences. Which is not correct grammar by the way. Nor is it very stylish (I need a better word here, but which shall I use?). But I like it. Which ought to be obvious when you read my writing.


Thankfully, I have not used the wrong witch in my writing. Yet. After all, that would be quite embarrassing. Which witch indeed?


Well, that is about all the time I have for writing drivel today. Which I am sure is a relief. Witch or not.

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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Parenthood · 2 December 2017


It seems like parenthood ought to get easier as time goes by, but as I have experienced it so far, it just seems to get more difficult.


I always thought that our worries would be over when the kids leave the nest. Now that the first one is gone and the middle one is on his way out, I cannot imagine how I was so naïve. The older they get, the more stress they seem to cause us. Or maybe that is just me.


Part of the problem with older children is that they are not children anymore. They do not get to hear us, their parents, nag everyday about what they ought to do. They can ignore us when they are adults. Much more than when they were kids living with us. And all we can do is hope and pray that the voices in their heads are still ours. If they ever were in the first place.


The other part of the problem is that I tend to second guess myself. I wonder if I spent enough time with my kids. I wonder if we had enough quality experiences for them to remember fondly. I wonder if I gave my best at work and brought the leftovers home to give my family. I wonder if I was too afraid of the water to take them fishing. And I wonder about whether there is anything I can do to fix those things I did wrong. Or enhance the things I did right.


I wonder…


And I worry. I worry that they are doing the right things. I worry that they are eating well and getting enough exercise. I worry that they are getting to work everyday or getting to class everyday or doing their homework everyday. I worry that they are reading the right books or hanging out with the right people. And I worry about these things whether they are at home or away.


I do try to give these things to God. To leave them in His more than capable hands. But I still worry that I did not do enough, and that I am still not doing enough for and with my kids.


One of the things I know to be true is that I cannot worry about the past. The past has passed and there is nothing I can do to change it. I can just live in the now and maybe mitigate any damage I did in the past, but I must live in the present. I cannot worry about the future either because I cannot see it. I can just do the best I can. Like Keith Green sang, “Keep doing your best and pray that it’s blessed and let Jesus take care of the rest.” Great words of wisdom, but seemingly more difficult to live out the older the kids (and I) get.


I always thought that the kids growing up would mean they would want to be around more. That they would want to be with us because we were family. Just to sit around and visit. I always thought that parenthood would be easier when they were older. But I guess I was wrong. I think I need to pray more because the older my kids get, the more difficult parenthood becomes.

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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What a Great Day · 25 November 2017


Today is a very special day. It is today. I know. That sounds a little Pollyannaish, but I intend to make it a great day. After all, it is not what happens to you, it is how you react to what happens to you that matters. And as one of my friends says when quoting one of his coaches, “You gotta make it a great day.”


I like to say that any day your feet hit the ground is a great day. After all, think about the alternative. Your feet could be under the ground. Along with your whole body. Or if you are feeling a little less morbid (or more depending on your perspective), you feet could end up being the ground. At any rate, feet on the ground is better than any of the alternatives.


Which leads me to another of the sayings I like to quote. “Better than a kick in the seat of the pants.” At least one of my kids thinks it is a dumb statement. And it is. After all, what is not better than a kick in the seat of the pants? Maybe getting fired. Think about it. If you are getting a kick in the seat of the pants, at least your boss is still working with you to get you going. If you are not getting that kick, you are either doing well and getting a pat on the back, or you are on your way out. Short snortly as my mother-in-law likes to say.


Coaches I have known tell their athletes that getting a talking to (or a kick in the seat of the pants) is always better than no communication at all. When coaches stop talking to you, they believe you believe you know it all. And nobody can coach somebody who knows it all. (Often those know-it-alls are the ones sitting on the bench when push comes to shove.)


Which brings me to the second thought of the day. How many clichés can I use in one blog post? I am not sure of the count so far, but I am sure I can give just about anybody a run for his money. After all, I am just a hack with a website rather than a real writer. I am still striving to be MediocreMan.


Regardless of who I am or how many clichés I have used so far, I know today is going to be a great day. It started out well and it will surely end well (even if I did not write so well). I just know it, because it is my decision. And yes, that is Pollyannaish, but that is okay with me. Just do not call me Polly. And make it a great day.

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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