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  • 2019.1.11
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  • 中&上級

Hooray for paper calendars!

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Last week at our monthly etegami workshop, we ended the session as usual by choosing a date for our next meeting. All the members, except for me, recorded the date on their smartphone calendar apps. I thought back to the days when we used to keep track of our schedules in small paper pocket planners. It made me wonder when our habits changed.
Personally, I haven’t adjusted to the calendar function on my old feature phone. I always carry a small paper calendar with me. When my plans change — as they often do — I cross out my earlier notes and write revised notes in whatever space is left in the date box. My calendar is filled with crossed-out notes and cramped writing, often in the margins with arrows pointing to the correct box. If I used an app, I could simply delete the earlier notes and type my revised schedule in a blank box.
But the messy notes on my paper calendar tell a story that a smartphone calendar app does not. They tell the story of a real life of constantly changing plans, including hopes and expectations that sometimes don’t pan out. These messy notes comfort me with memories of visits from old friends, and dreaded appointments that didn’t turn out as badly as they could have. At the end of the year I can look at my messy paper calendar and see a picture in my head of the highs and lows of another eventful year in my life.
But that’s not the only reason I love paper calendars. Paper calendars with art are the best calendars of all. I have many favorite artists, but I can’t often afford to buy their work. If one of these artists publishes a calendar, it’s a wonderful chance to get at least 12 art prints at once, and at a very reasonable price. When the year is over, I can even cut out the artwork to frame and enjoy for many more years. This is why I like to print inexpensive desktop calendars of my own artwork to share with friends and family. I like to imagine that they will think of me every time they look at their calendars, even if we have not seen each other in person for many years.
Old wall calendars with beautiful artwork or photography also come in handy for recycling into envelopes when the year is over. I enjoy sending letters and original mail art in envelopes I’ve made from repurposed calendars featuring Hokkaido’s beautiful landscape or classical Japanese art. Digital calendars do have their merits, but I am a paper lover. And I say “Hooray for paper calendars!” (Deborah Davidson)

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habit
(名)習慣、クセ
◆bad habit(悪習慣、悪いクセ)
◆Chris has a habit of biting his fingernails when he’s nervous.
(クリスは緊張すると爪を噛むクセがある)

margin
(名)余白、欄外
(動)余白を設ける
◆The speaker’s printout has notations in the margins to explain each point in detail.
(それぞれの点を詳細に説明するため、講演者のプリントには欄外に注意書きがある)
☞marginal(形)余白に書かれた、欄外に書いた

messy
(形)乱雑な、ごちゃごちゃした
◆When I was little, my mother wouldn’t let me go outside to play if my room was messy.
(私が小さかった頃、部屋が散らかっていると母は私を外へ遊びに行かせなかった)
☞messily(副)乱雑で

constantly
(副)絶えず、いつも
◆constantly changing(絶えず変化する)
◆The electronics market is constantly changing, so it’s hard to know what the best computer is.
(エレクトロニクス市場は絶えず変化しているので、どれが最高のコンピュータかを知るのは難しい)
☞constant(形)絶えず続く、不変の

comfort
(動)~を慰める、ほっとさせる
(名)快適さ、慰め
◆My daughter always finds comfort in her teddy bear when she’s upset.
(動揺したとき、私の娘はテディベアがあるといつも落ち着く)
☞comfortable(形)快適な、心地よい

eventful
(形)出来事の多い、重大な、波乱な
◆eventful life(波乱に富んだ人生)
◆The board meeting was rather eventful because two of the members got into a fight.
(2人のメンバーがけんかをしたので役員会議はかなり波乱だった)
☞event(名)出来事、事件

afford
(動)~する余裕がある、~を買うことができる
◆afford to buy a car(車を買う余裕がある)
◆Jackie was worried that she wouldn’t be able to afford her university tuition without working part-time.
(パートで働かないと大学の授業料を払うことができないだろうとジャッキーは心配していた)

reasonable
(形)手頃な、高くない
◆The rooms in this building are all quite big for a reasonable price.
(このビルの部屋はすべて手頃な値段でかなり広い)
☞unreasonable(形)法外な、不当な

landscape 
(名)景色、風景、景観
(動)景観を整える
◆landscape conservation(景観保全)
◆One of Sam’s many hobbies is to paint pictures of the landscape.
(サムの数ある趣味のひとつは風景画を描くことだ)

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. What does the author always carry?

  • A) A small paper calendar.
  • B) A laptop computer.
  • C) A high-tech smartphone.

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正解は、A
A small paper calendar.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. It made me wonder when our ( ) changed.

  • A) honors
  • B) habits
  • C) hearing

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正解は、B
habits

Q2. My calendar is filled with crossed-out notes and cramped writing, often in the ( ) with arrows pointing to the correct box.

  • A) margins
  • B) majors
  • C) medusa

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正解は、A
margins

Q3. But the ( ) notes on my paper calendar tell a story that a smartphone calendar app does not.

  • A) messy
  • B) massive
  • C) marry

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正解は、A
messy

Q4. They tell the story of a real life of ( ) changing plans, including hopes and expectations that sometimes don’t pan out.

  • A) constantly
  • B) convincingly
  • C) conveniently

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正解は、A
constantly

Q5. These messy notes ( ) me with memories of visits from old friends, and dreaded appointments that didn’t turn out as badly as they could have.

  • A) cradle
  • B) contort
  • C) comfort

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正解は、C
comfort

Q6. At the end of the year I can look at my messy paper calendar and see a picture in my head of the highs and lows of another ( ) year in my life.

  • A) earning
  • B) eventful
  • C) evasive

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正解は、B
eventful

Q7. I have many favorite artists, but I can’t often ( ) to buy their work.

  • A) avenge
  • B) offend
  • C) afford

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正解は、C
afford

Q8. If one of these artists publishes a calendar, it’s a wonderful chance to get at least 12 art prints at once, and at a very ( ) price.

  • A) rarity
  • B) relished
  • C) reasonable

正解を見る

正解は、C
reasonable

Q9. I enjoy sending letters and original mail art in envelopes I’ve made from repurposed calendars featuring Hokkaido’s beautiful ( ) or classical Japanese art.

  • A) landscape
  • B) landowner
  • C) landslide

正解を見る

正解は、A
landscape

Speaking practice

Q1. Do you prefer a digital or paper calendar? Please explain your answer. ※この問題に解答はありません

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