Yoko meshi


Yoko meshi (noun) Origin: Japanese | The stress caused by speaking a foreign language.

Its hard translation is ‘boiled rice’ (meshi) and ‘horizontal (yoko) which will sort of mean as ‘a meal that’s eaten sideways’ — this metaphor actually refers to the fact that the Japanese write vertically instead of horizontally. Hence, the word yoko-meshi has a nice spin to it, doesn’t it?

An old topic for me.  I have nothing to add to this one-sided conversation except you should trust me when I say that I become super stressed when I have to speak in a foreign language professionally.  However, privately, learning bits of other languages has enhanced my life and travels to measures I cannot ever truly express.  The returns I have experienced by even knowing a few words in the language of the country I am visiting has caused laughs, misunderstandings, and deeper understandings and connections that have made my life so much better.  Connections I never would have made if I had let that yoko meshi steal my confidence and stress me out.  Push through it .. don’t give up.. make connections.

“A different language is a different vision of life.”
Federico Fellini

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
Frank Smith

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”
Rita Mae Brown

“He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.”
Geoffrey Willans

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
Nelson Mandela

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”
Charlemagne

“Change your language and you change your thoughts.”
Karl Albrecht

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”
Flora Lewis

“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.”
Roger Bacon

“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.”
Frank Smith

“Learn a new language and get a new soul.”
Czech Proverb

“A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.”
Gaston Bachelard

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
Chinese Proverb

“One should not aim at being possible to understand but at being impossible to misunderstand.”
Marcus Fabius Quintilian

“A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding.”
Bob Dylan

Connections:  GSAL; Jan; Jo; OperationX; Lifestyle; Rivergirl; Nicholas; Ishita; James; Alina; Helen; Visha; Elizabeth

Day 14 – Orange you glad I’m still here?


“I feel a little dizzy,” said Orion. “But also wonderfully elated. I feel that I am on the verge of finding a rhyme for the word orange.”

“Oxygen deprivation,” said Foaly. “Or maybe it’s just him.”
― Eoin Colfe

Orange is my favorite color.  I do not think orange gets enough attention.  We all know that Orange is the New Black but that is not enough. Orange is a great pun, part of a pivotal knock-knock joke, an impressive part of sunsets.  There are way more than 50 shades of orange.  But no one cares.  No one takes note.  Not any more.  Not on my watch.

Today’s post is dedicated to this very important issue.

What does the color orange mean?
Orange. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. … In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

In nature it’s the color of vivid sunsets, fire, vegetables, flowers, fish, and many citrus fruits. In our contemporary world, orange is the color of marmalade, Traffic cones, life rafts, cheetos, and Halloween. Orange symbolizes energy, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health.

“Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Orange was a symbol of the glory and fruits of the earth in the early Christian church and was also known as the wisdom ray.

“In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange.”
― Jim Davis

The canary’s orange colour isn’t a natural thing. Initially, the birds were a green-brown but cross-breeding made them yellow, combine this with a diet of red peppers and they become orange.

“FALLING IN LOVE WITH OCTOBER

Leaves descending to the ground,
Orange, magenta, green & brown
The cool crisp breezes in the air,
Autumn season must be here”
― Charmaine J Forde

Orange has one of the strongest measurable physical effects of any color. Orange stimulates the appetite, increases energy level, and even stimulates the thyroid to boost metabolism. Orange is powerful. We can’t ignore it, which explains why people have such marked reactions to it.

“The orange of the golden carp appeared at the edge of the pond. . . . We watched in silence at the beauty and grandeur of the great fish. Out of the corners of my eyes I saw Cico hold his hand to his breast as the golden carp glided by. Then with a switch of his powerful tail the golden carp disappeared into the shadowy water under the thicket.”
― Rudolfo Anaya

Orange relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts, as opposed to the physical reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow.

The color orange is a very hot color and often provides the sensation of heat. While orange is a common color associated with summer and the hot sun, often associated with being the main color of harvest and autumn due to the changing color of the leaves and pumpkins.

“Meanwhile the sunsets are mad orange fools raging in the gloom….”
― Jack Kerouac

“An orange day, a happy day, a brand-new day in the secret language that only the three of us seemed to understand.
“Mmmmm,” Daddy said, taking a bite of his roll. “Orange wakes you up, but cinnamon makes you remember.”
― Judith Fertig

It’s no surprise that such a powerful color inspires negative associations as well. Orange can be strident and exhausting if it’s overused. Too much orange is overpowering, and a large number of people consider orange their least favorite color. We associate orange with danger, and its attention-getting properties means most designers use it sparingly.

With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition, and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go!

“I am captivated by the beautiful colors of Fall,
Show me,show me,
Show me All!
Orange, yellow, purple, reddish-brown,
And the rustling of the leaves as they fall to the ground.”
― Charmaine J. Forde

“Orange pekoe flavor, with that gold confection dust on the top.” She holds one up to demonstrate. “Mascarpone filling.” She bites it clean in half and shows me the middle. “Rose jelly in the center.”
“Sounds good to me. What shall we call it?”
“I don’t know.”
I reach over and pick up a macaron, the texture, weight, and balance all perfect. Symmetry, lightness, both shells with excellent feet, wedded together with a smooth filling. Nodding with approval, I place it on my tongue. She is right; the orange and rose flavors melt lustily in your mouth. It’s just like Mama- all bright and full of surprises.”
― Hannah Tunnicliffe

Now I ask you again.. ROOOAAARRRRNGE you glad I am still here?

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Useless orange facts:

  1. Orange is the color between yellow and red on the spectrum of visible light.
  2. In painting and traditional color theory, it is a secondary color of pigments, created by mixing yellow and red.
  3. It is named after the fruit of the same name.
  4. In English, the color orange is named after the appearance of the ripe
  5. The orange color is one of the carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables.
  6. Carotenes are pigments that convert the light energy that the plants absorb from the sun into chemical energy for the plants’ growth.
  7. Similarly, the hues of autumn leaves are from the same pigment after chlorophyll is removed.
  8. In Europe and America, surveys show that orange is the color most associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, warmth, fire, energy, activity, danger, taste, and aroma.
  9. It’s the national color of the Netherlands and the House of Orange.
  10. In Asia orange is an important symbolic color of Buddhism and Hinduism
  11. In the 18th century, orange was sometimes used to depict the robes of Pomona, the goddess of fruitful abundance.
  12. Her name came from the pomon, the Latin word for fruit.
  13. Oranges themselves became more common in northern Europe, thanks to the 17th-century invention of the heated greenhouse, a building type that became known as an Orangerie.
  14. The French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard depicted an allegorical figure of “inspiration” dressed in orange.
  15. In Ukraine in November–December 2004, it became the color of the Orange Revolution, a popular movement which carried activist and reformer Viktor Yushchenko into the presidency.
  16. Regarding painting, blue is the complementary color to orange.
  17. As many painters of the 19th century discovered, blue and orange reinforce each other.
  18. The painter Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo that in his paintings, he was trying to reveal “the oppositions of blue with orange, of red with green, of yellow with violet … trying to make the colors intense and not a harmony of grey”.
  19. In Confucianism, the religion and philosophy of ancient China, orange was the color of transformation.
  20. In Europe and America, orange and yellow are the colors most associated with amusement, frivolity, and entertainment.
  21. It is often used in marketing campaigns to recreate these feelings to potential clients, and consumers.
  22. Orange is the color most easily seen in dim light or against the water.
  23. This is why it is the color of choice for life rafts, life jackets, or buoys.
  24. Highway temporary signs about construction or detours in the United States are orange, because of its visibility and its association with danger.
  25. The word orange derives from the Sanskrit naranga and the Persian narang.
  26. Naranjas are the oranges in Spanish.
  27. The blood used on the set of Sweeney Todd, had to be orange to render properly on the de-saturated color film.
  28. Orange was a symbol of the glory and fruits of the earth in the early Christian church.
  29. It was also known as the wisdom ray.
  30. In Feng Shui orange represents fire. Colors are very significant in the ancient concept.
  31. The nobility were the only ones during the Elizabethan Era who could wear orange.
  32. Orange is often biblically associated with saints and represents strength and courage.
  33. The first operator in Europe to commit to pushing NFC across its territories was the mobile network giant Orange.
  34. Orange’s well-known slogan was “the futures bright, the futures orange”.
  35. An orange vehicle apparently says you are a fun-loving and trendy person.
  36. Frank Sinatra had a love for the color orange, once saying “Orange is the happiest of colors
  37. The color of the United States Army Signal Corps is orange.
  38. Orange is a very popular color in the world of sport with American football teams including Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and baseball teams including the San Francisco Giants having their primary color is orange.
  39. The fruits’ orange appearance isn’t a common occurrence in other parts of the world.
  40. Vietnamese oranges and Thai tangerines are orange on the inside and yet bright green on the outside.
  41. The Netherlands soccer team, or ‘Oranje’, play in orange kits.
  42. An orange’s skin turns orange as the weather cools but in hotter areas, the chlorophyll stays and the fruit remains green.
  43. The canary’s orange color isn’t a natural thing, initially, the birds were a green-brown but cross-breeding made them yellow, combine this with a diet of red peppers and they become orange.
  44. Originally carrots weren’t orange.
  45. The most common color was purple.
  46. The orange variety came about by the 17th Century when Dutch growers seemingly crossbred white rooted, mutated yellow and wild carrots.
  47. Every 25th day of the month is known as “Orange Day” by the UN’s campaign called UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
  48. The day is to raise awareness and act to stop violence against women.
  49. Consumer research has proven that an orange lawnmower is easier to find in long grass than a blue one, this was why in 1977 Flymo changed from blue to orange.
  50. Orange is the Dutch Royal Family’s color. Descendants of William of Orange, the color became the symbol of the Netherlands.

Orangey: Eliza; meander; arlene; amy; susanne; Bren; JoAnn: Ally; Mike: cordeliasmom; Suhita; stoner

Un Poema para mi papa


I wrote this poem in English previously.. but am looking for Spanish speakers to provide feedback on my translation.

 

Un poema para mi papa

Aquí estás hace tanto mucho tiempo.  ¿A dónde fue el tiempo da da daddio? ¿Cuáles fueron tus sueños, tus miedos, tus esperanzas? ¿Tus expectativas.. tus sí´s y tus no´s?  Tan difícil de creer… eras tú. ¡Sin embargo, me dijiste hace unas docenas de años que sentías que aún eras tú!  Pero cuando te miraste al espejo, no podías creer lo que viste.  Te preguntaste mientras mirabas fijamente, ¨ ¿Quién demonios es ese viejo?¨  Me reí de eso.  Aunque entendí completamente.  Ahora, unas pocas docenas de años después… Me pregunto, ¿Dónde fue el tiempo da da daddio?

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Aquí estás en el flujo medio. ¿A dónde estuvo el tiempo da da daddio? Encontraste tu verdadero amor.  Te mantuviste firme y verdadero. Trabajaste como un perro y nos viste a través de todo.  Éramos tan jóvenes … nos viste crecer y los eres queridos se fueron y aún así te balanceaste y rodaste.  A través de los nacimientos… el trabajo .. las alegrías.. los dolores .. los dolores en los traseros … los tiempos rápidos … los tiempos lentos … las graduaciones .. las separaciones .. los nietos … la vida en el medio .. mira cómo va .. y sigue .. y vamos. ¿Qué extrañamos? ¿Cómo podríamos saberlo? Qué rápido pasaría el tiempo como un río furioso.  Como un pájaro … el tiempo, vuela … lejos .. más o menos se fue volando.  ¿Cómo podríamos saberlo? ¿A dónde fue el tiempo da da daddio?

Aquí no estás hace tanto tiempo … ¿A dónde fue el tiempo da da daddio? Perdiste tu verdadero amor y ahora estás solo.  Nos preguntamos cómo le iría para a usted mismo.  ¿Qué harías? ¿Cómo podrías ser solo uno … solo uno? ¿Un acto en solitario?  Pero seguiste e hiciste nuevos amigos. Tomaste muchas vacaciones … viajaste … se réiste y viviste.  Hubo tiempos bajos.. pero ninguno demasiado bajo.  Hubo tiempos altos .. pero ninguno demasiado alto.  ¿A dónde fue el tiempo da da daddio?

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¡Oye, oye, oye da da daddio!  El tiempo aún pasaba y la vida aún fluía. Oye, esos años… ¿A dónde fueron? ¡¡¡Dime, dime da da daddio!!! Una estrella que se levanta una puesta del sol.  La luna baila .. bodas.. mujeres persiquiéndote como el soltero más elegible del lugar.  Pasaron un millón de horas y disfrutaste cada una de ellas.  Pasó más tiempo y pasó más tiempo y pasó más tiempo.  Vivo muy lejos pero cada vez que regreso a casa.. es lo mismo … pero muy diferente .. ¿A dónde va el tiempo da da daddio?

Tienes casi 80 años .. no eres tan viejo .. me digo a mí mismo … y aun así lo sé … llega un momento en que todos debemos irnos .. pero todavía estás aquí por ahora y así .. mi corazpon se aprieta.  Mis ojos fluyen … qué demonios saben los médicos …

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Aquí no estábamos hace tanto tiempo … ¿A dónde fue el tiempo da da daddio?

 

¨Sonrío porque eres mi padre.  Me río porque no hay nada que puedas hacer al respecto. ¨ ‘ Desconocido

 

#notalwaysworkingfromhome


“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Last Time I said Goodbye


“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

 

When you tell someone goodbye, you will never know if that will be the last time you will be able to tell them goodbye, the last time you will be able to say it, the last time you will be able to tell them you love them and can’t wait to see them again.

“I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
― Colleen Hoover, November 9

 

Well, goodbye Monique, I love you.  Rest easy and I will see you later.  I really believe that.

 “I’ve never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart. I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. The pain is like an axe that chops my heart. ”

― Yann Martel, Life of Pi