March 11, 2015

Four Years Later

Posted in Blogging, Faith, Favorite Quotes, Japan, Just Life tagged , , at 9:13 pm by catsinboxes

There are some dates you will never forget.  Today is one of those dates.

*Originally published on March 11, 2011, at the LEX Language Project blog:

It started with a faint rumbling. I could feel the floor vibrating under my feet. Around the office, people stopped work; there were exclamations, and then everything really started shaking. Within a few moments, I was sitting under my desk and listening to the sound of cabinets and everything else in the office being shaken by the earthquake.

This was my first earthquake in Japan. I knew Japan had earthquakes, so I was a bit surprised when my supervisor told me I should let my mom know I was okay. Wasn’t this a normal earthquake?

In the hours since then, and one powerful aftershock later, I have come to understand that this was much more than a standard earthquake. In fact, this was the largest recorded earthquake in the history of Japan . . .

I was in Tokyo when it happened.  It doesn’t seem like four years ago.  In many ways, it feels like only a short time ago.

Then, and in the following days, God was faithful.  Just thinking back brings a rush of memories.  Listening to Praise You in the Storm and not getting it, on my way to work that morning.  Listening to it the next day, and understanding.

Reading Isaiah.  Remembering Isaiah 41:10.  Remembering God’s promises, and though I was scared, not being afraid.

Singing You Raise Me Up in Japanese with believers that following Sunday, joining hands and praying.  The power in that calm moment.  “Do not be afraid; I am with you.  Be not dismayed . . . I am your God.”

Four years later, and all these memories can slip, but they come rushing back.  They come on March 11.  They come at other times.  So please, take a moment, and do not forget.  Remember Japan.  And say a prayer because, 4 years later, many people are remembering this day.


March 5, 2015

Whatever the Weather . . .

Posted in Favorite Quotes, Just Life, Poetry tagged , , at 12:38 pm by catsinboxes


Whether the weather be fine

Or whether the weather be not,

Whether the weather be cold

Or whether the weather be hot,

We’ll weather the weather,

Whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not.


March 3, 2015

Children’s Music

Posted in Just Life, Music tagged , , , , at 9:03 pm by catsinboxes

I’m dating myself. . . . I love to listen to children’s CDs from the 90s or earlier.  Babysitting toddlers has given me the excuse chance to revisit the music of my childhood.

So, for a trip down memory lane, or for some fun children’s music suggestions: read on!

Raffi.  How good does it get?  “Banana phone,” “Biscuits in the Oven,” “Simple Gifts” . . . So fun!  I love the really old albums.  The newer ones, meh.  “Gonna lay down my sword and shield, down by the riverside . . .”  I dare you not to start tapping your feet.

The Washing Machine Song!  And “I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor,” these are good.  I may or might not have done some talent show skits using The Chenille Sister’s hokey pokey.  That’s another story.


Yes, it was just like this!  The cassette and the booklet . . . I have so many of these songs stuck in my head:  “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “Sweet Betsy from Pike,” and many more.



Oh yes, nursery rhymes.  Don’t get me started on nursery rhymes: treasured BBC tapes brought back from England by Dad and listened to again, and again, and again.

Best thing is, they’re still around today.  Check out The Wheels on the Bus.  It’s wonderful, replete with British accents.  I think I’m going to get this one for my iPhone . . . for the children’s sake 🙂

Entering the world of folk, there is:

Oh yes.  Pastures of Plenty, Leatherwing Bat, and —my favorite— The Fox.

Back to early childhood . . . This is such a wonderful bedtime CD.  I love Herdman’s voice: deep, gentle, and melodious.  Favorites?  “Autumn to May” and “Waltzing with Bears.”

Finger-snapping, toe-tapping fun . . . Just listen to Froggy Went a Courtin!

Just writing this post has been so much fun.  Thank you, Mom, for a childhood filled with music!  (And this isn’t even touching all the children’s classical music we loved!)

What did you grow up listening to?  What are your favorite songs and albums?