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These are the year 1998 entries to:CA'S LATEST NEWS.
Three of students I coached entered the Sapporo-Portland Sister City Oratorical Contest in November. All three students did a wonderful jobs in terms of presentation--loud, clear voices; excellent intonation; appropriate gestures and facial expressions. I was proud of all three but especially Ayako Tabusa, on my right, who won the Junior Chamber of Commerce special award. You can see the text of her speech: Lending a Helping Hand.
At our school Halloween Party in October, I won the prize for the scariest with my Dracula costume!
In September, I sang in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with 264 other singers at Kitara Hall in Sapporo. Being a Mezzo, I had difficulty sustaining a high A. If Beethoven could have heard the sopranos screeching, I think he might have written it in a lower key! Gradually, however, I grew to enjoy the music, especially after I understood the lyrics in English. (Also see CA and Music.)
In August, I took a workshop on "Savoring Life's Lessons" at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts. In the photo on the right you can see the group leaders and the other participants in the workshop.
I also had a chance to visit my nephew Damian in Los Angeles, seen here with me and his father after having Mexican food (which is hard to find and really expensive in Sapporo).
While in Los Angeles I bought my first digital camera, a Kodak DC200. See the photos I took with my new camera.
I also visited one of my former Heidelberg students, Yoichi Itagaki, who was a student at Los Angeles City College. Check out the photos of Yoichi.
In July, President Richard D. Owens of Heidelberg College visted our program at Heidelberg College Japan in Sapporo. You can see him pictured below with Vice President Porada, Associate Vice President Cross, and the students at HCJ. (Can you find me?)
With the group from Ohio, our staff visited the Sapporo Art Park (this site is all in Japanese), particularly an exquisite exhibit of the Japanese sculptor, Isamu Noguchi.
In June, I took a computer course to learn how to make a Homepage. You can find out more by going to my sensei's account of his experience in Japan. His name is Doug Ramsey; check out our visit on Wednesday, May 27th. Other people in my computer class can be found at Computer Classmates. (Note: Unfortunately the links in this paragraph seem to have been removed.)
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