About the blogger

My name is Lee. I have a terrible time with names. Don’t ask me to remember a name, or to come up with a good or useful title for anything (hence the current title of my blog [*]). One name I will never forget — indeed, I’ll sing His praises of for eternity — is Jesus Christ. I thank God that He sent His only Son to die in my place, bearing my sin on the cross — my past, present and future sin. It seems incredible, but even though I struggle daily to live the life He has called me to, often fighting against Him or even stubbornly seeking my own way and will rather than His, He “stoops to conquer”, as C.S. Lewis wrote in The Problem of Pain. And as I fall, confess my sin and repent, He is faithful to His word, which says that He will forgive that sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. In fact, He’ll remove that sin from me as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:11 – but read the whole Psalm – it’s fantastic!)

Another name I love is that of my beautiful wife, Jenann. We’ve been married since 1990! God has had to grant her an amazing amount of grace to live with me through the years as He has been hacking away at my imperfections, shortcomings, and outright rebelliousness.

Again, welcome! Kick up your feet and read for a while – and please let me know what you think.

[*] An explanation of the title: An adverbial suffix is a grammatical term for the set of suffixes (such as –er, –est, –wise, etc.) added to the end of words either to make them into adverbs, or to generate different forms of an adverb (like faster vs. fastest). Another adverbial suffix is –ly, which sounds like my first name. Thus, over the years, I have been been the victim of puns like “Why are we walking so quickly?”, or “Why are you behaving so stubbornly?” (with emphasis on the –ly). Of course, sometimes the puns are self-inflicted, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

For more about adverbs in general, see this page.

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10 Comments

  1. […] info By grovny Categories: Uncategorized A gentleman named Lee, who lately has been asking some interesting questions over at Energetic Procession, asked me […]

  2. Lee,
    I just read your reply on Literalminded (Neal’s blogsite) regarding music therapy yesterday. I have a lot of brands in the fire right now, but this year, while researching, I’m going to start out by listening to and studying classical music. I’m sure you’ve heard of all the benefits of classical music. So….along with a little research here and there classical music will be a starting point for now. I’ll definitely check out Dr. Deutch’s website as well. I like your blogsite. Gotta go now, but will check out some of the sites later–especially scripture memorization techniques. When I was in junior high and high school, I was involved in Bible Quiz and went to a national championship through our church affiliation. Perhaps I can be of some help in this area. I’d like to get into memorizing scripture again and cultivate a love of the Bible in our little boys’ lives.

  3. Viola,

    As far as classical music goes, I am indeed familiar with its benefits! Like many software geeks, I’m also a musician (10 or so years of lessons growing up – mostly classical, but also a little bit of jazz – along with years and years of playing in various churches). Good luck with both your music therapy and your research! As I mentioned on Neal’s blog, I’d love to hear about how things go for you in this area, so feel free to post here again. Perhaps I’ll write a post on music therapy – the new book by Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia covers that topic, among many others, and I’ve been looking forward to reading it! You can read a review here.

    Wow – I’ve never heard of Bible Quiz, though that could be because I didn’t grow up in the A/G church (I just did a quick scan of the history section of the BibleQuiz site)… Your desire in this area sounds like a great idea to me!

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. Lee,
    Thanks so much for the Musicophilia recommendation! I’ve reserved it at the library. I wrote a comment on your memorization blog and somehow my fingers freaked out and deleted all of it! It was more background anyway and I hadn’t gotten to the meat of memorization. BTW, I have some great information on methods for those who are tactile and visual learners, so I’ll be posting a comment in the next few days. I really like what you have to say about repetition and recognizing punctuation as a key to memorizing. It’s a HUGE key! I’ll put some things together based on what I remember and have gathered over the years. Thanks again for the book recommendation. I think music might be one of the keys (no pun intended!) to some of the struggles I have with sensory processing/dyslexia/ADD/ADHD. I’d love to keep you posted on this in hopes that it would help someone else who has struggled with these types of problems. I’m not adverse to writing a book together about the journey toward healing. I have an extraordinary background as far as childhood experiences and it seems that by the grace and love of God I’m slowly coming full circle with almost all of it. šŸ™‚

  5. Viola,

    You’re welcome! I have so many books that I’m either currently reading right now, or are “on deck”, that I’m afraid I may not get to Musicophilia anytime soon šŸ˜¦

    I’m looking forward to your comments regarding scripture memory – I’m sure that, given your experience, you’ll have some very practical and useful things to say!

    A book on overcoming those issues (sensory processing, etc.), you mean? Sounds very intriguing — tell me more!

    God is so patient with us… (If I was Him, I would have given up on me a long time ago!) Sounds like He’s been doing some great things in your life!

  6. Lee,
    I just commented on Neal’s blog today regarding spectrum disorders. (I have no idea how to create links in comments or blogs.) As far as a book on overcoming the problems, I think “compensating” or “learning how to cope with” them would be more like it. It seems to me that they might be a type of thorn in our flesh to keep us humble and help us love and understand other people more effectively!

  7. Viola – I finally finished reading Neal’s original blog entry, a number of the “comics” pointed to in one of the comments for that post, as well as your comment about spectrum disorders – and then I followed your comment with a number of pointers to a few books that I’ve read which you (and Neal) might be interested in relating to autism. (I’m just fascinated by the way the brain works, and a number of the books I’ve read on the subject have discussed autism.)

    Your book idea sounds like a good one; I suspect that a lot of people would be interested in reading such a book!

    By the way – you don’t have to do anything fancy to add a link to another blog – you could simply copy the URL in directly like this: https://leenakamura.wordpress.com/about-the-blogger/

    Or you could be a bit more fancy and follow this example, where everything in bold must be included exactly as written (the double quotes are just regular double quotes). The URL and description, of course, are up to you…
    <a href="https://leenakamura.wordpress.com/about-the-blogger/">About Lee</a>
    This would result in the following appearing in your comment once you submit it: About Lee

  8. (And for those of you who have read this far and are wondering who Neal is and what post we’re discussing, see this post.)

  9. Lee,

    I’d like to throw out a few pointers on memorization. I’ll cover the three C’s: commentary, concordance, and colorcoding, as well as a few other pointers.

    When you’re memorizing portions of Scripture, I think it’s so much easier when you get the whole picture: history, intention of writer, culture, etc. That’s why commentaries come in handy. If you have the basic background of the scripture, it is absorbed in a more efficient manner.

    A concordance is “an alphabetical index of the principal words of a book, as of the Bible, with a reference to the passage in which each occurs” according to my friend, Webster’s Dictionary. If you’re memorizing large portions of Scripture, it’s nice to have other insights as to where themes appear in or near that Scripture. I found it easier to memorize larger portions of Scripture with a comparative study such as the concordance.

    Colorcoding helps as well, especially if you have a photographic memory–you can create your very own photograph!
    When I was in Bible Quiz in my younger years, I colorcoded characters, questions, parenthesis, recurring themes, and so forth. We were given large print paperback books (we studied the New Testament,) of a book of the Bible that we could make notations, etc. all over the place. I’m not super technologically inclined, but I bet Lee could show you how to colorcode scripture on a program on computer. I just like to do it the old-fashioned way!

    I TOTALLY recommend memorizing in the King James Version. The reason: pattern. In the other versions, you will not find a particular writing pattern as much as you would find in the King James Version. It’s easier to have a flow or “mojo” about memorizing when you can follow the particular pattern of writing that King James Version has to offer. Memorizing is mostly about repetition. What is a pattern? Repetition. It’s also easier to memorize verbatim this way. Years after I graduated and was out of Bible Quiz, my sister used to coach a team and she said they switched to the New International Version. She felt it was easier to understand, but definitely harder to memorize.

    Something I did on my own that most people did not do…..rewrote the scripture in my own handwriting. I took index cards, cut them in half, put the reference on one side, and wrote the reference and verse on the other side. Then I punched a hole in it and put it on a large metal ring that was to be used as a belt holder. I could recheck myself by matching the reference to the scripture and it helped me to remember when I rewrote everything by hand (repetition.) I guess it goes along the same lines as colorcoding–different way of recognition. I still do this with my favorite recipes instead of putting them on the computer because I recognize them more easily in my own handwriting. It’s also a comfort when others write down their recipes in their own handwriting for me!

    I’m not sure if this helps, but if you are primarily a visual and tactile learner, you may get some benefit from this information. Please feel free to add, comment, or offer suggestions that would help. I felt this way of studying gave me a well-rounded view of Scripture. Now when I study Scripture, I do read it in other versions just to get a better and more complete picture. HAPPY MEMORIZING!

  10. Viola – I’ve posted a reply to your comment here. Please follow up in the comments for that post.

    Comments from anyone else who happens upon this thread are certainly welcome there as well!

    (I think I’ll close the comments for this page now and create a post which can be used as a placeholder for people wandering by my blog who would ordinarily add a comment here, for lack of a better place to do so… And here’s the post! Whoops – I can’t close the page to future comments without hiding the existing comments! Oh, well…)


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