Will the Real Patricia Kiyono Please Stand Up?

This week we have the challenge of presenting you with four facts – except one of the so-called facts needs to be a lie. I always cringe at this challenge. While I have no trouble creating characters, the worlds they live in, and their activities, I’m at a loss when it comes to making stuff up about me. And a lot of the things that have happened to me has already been shared in my bio, on my facebook page, and elsewhere. So I’m sure this exercise will be quite easy for people who have known me for some time. Let’s give it a shot. Here are four statements about me. See if you can tell which one is false:

  1. While I ended up pursuing a music degree, originally I planned to study mathematics. I’ve always enjoyed puzzles of all kinds, and relished the challenge of solving equations.
  2. A quilt I made took second place at the county fair one year. I still think mine was better than the first place quilt, but since the winner was my cousin I can’t complain.
  3. I have performed in concerts at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, as well as several large venues in Europe. This all happened before I reached the ripe old age of 18.
  4. My grandfather was descended from a Japanese shogun, but since he was a younger son he was left to find his own fortune, which is why he came to America.

That’s it! Which one is the lie? How did you decide?

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Oh, by the way, here’s a picture of the quilt I made for my friend Suzanne’s grandson. I still need to sew the opening closed and tie it. Suzanne gave me her extra fabric so I can make one for my own grandson! But my next project is a Halloween costume for myself. For our orchestra concert on the 25th, all members have been requested to wear something related to the “Dies Irae” theme – doom and gloom. I have the fabric, and hopefully I’ll have it done before I leave for my writer’s weekend retreat on Friday!

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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21 Responses to Will the Real Patricia Kiyono Please Stand Up?

  1. Since we don;t know each other all that well yet, this IS a challenge!
    I know your heritage is Japanese, so your grandfather being shogun is possible…and would be really cool.
    I know you play regularly and apparently well, so our performances might be on the mark. Constitution Hall? Growing up in DC, that was THE premiere venue…and that, too, would be cool!
    I have plans on getting back to some quilting, which is very addictive. Taking second prize in a county fair would also be cool…I hope you did…having lost to a cousin ? At least you liked her !I’d wish you got first place and that could be a guess , but…
    I know you are a teacher and very smart, so puzzles could be your thing but I never heard you mention them…I’m going with puzzles…maybe you just aren’t a puzzle -person.

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  2. Joselyn says:

    I’m going with the solving equations for fun. I just don’t think so. 🙂

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    Normally I would have voted for the math statement to be the fib, but since that’s a sterotype (that females supposedly are not good at math), I figured you are prob. a whiz at it.
    So, I’m voting for the one about the quilt as the fib. I don’t think your cousin won that event.

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  4. you are amazing at quilting and you love music but for some reason I am thinking that you started being ore active with music after you were 18. So I have to go with #3

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  5. Patricia! Don’t make me come and get you! Tell us!

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  6. Patricia Kiyono says:

    All right, I was going to share the correct answer last night, but I fell asleep – that’s a downside of aging, I guess. Anyway, here’s how it breaks down:
    1. I spent a full year in high school trying to decide whether to major in music or math. I don’t challenge myself with equations anymore, but I do love word and number puzzles of all kinds.
    3. During my junior year in high school I won a spot in the American Youth Symphony. We traveled through Europe that summer playing in lots of wonderfully huge and elaborate concert halls, and ended with a big concert at Constitution Hall.
    4. I don’t have any concrete proof of this, but when my dad asked my mom to marry him, her family hired investigators to look into his background. When they discovered he had descended from a shogun, they gave their blessing.

    So that leaves #2! I have never entered a quit into a county fair – and although I have one cousin who sews, she doesn’t live in America, so she didn’t win, either!

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments. I can’t wait to see the rest of the “Three Truths, One Lie” this week.

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  7. Well, shoot! I was wrong, but I should have paid more attention.You said that you COULDN’T do puzzles and problems…that should have been a dead giveaway!
    Good job!
    Janette has me flummoxed today as well! This is an interesting week,
    (Again, Constitution Hall.I am duly impressed!)

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  8. pjharjo says:

    Hi Patricia!
    Since I didn’t’ know you before you joined 4f1h, promise I haven’t looked at your FB pages, and haven’t read the guesses or your responses here; I’m going to have to take wild guess at which is your lie.

    1.While I ended up pursuing a music degree, originally I planned to study mathematics. I’ve always enjoyed puzzles of all kinds, and relished the challenge of solving equations.

    I would say that Fact #1 is the false fact bc you said you, “always cringe at this challenge,” which would differ from your statement of your “relish of the “challenge of solving equations.”

    2.A quilt I made took second place at the county fair one year. I still think mine was better than the first place quilt, but since the winner was my cousin I can’t complain.

    #2 is true bc you posted a picture of a beautiful quilt you made.

    3.I have performed in concerts at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, as well as several large venues in Europe. This all happened before I reached the ripe old age of 18.

    #3 is true bc it is too involved to have been made up on the spur of the moment.

    4.My grandfather was descended from a Japanese shogun, but since he was a younger son he was left to find his own fortune, which is why he came to America.

    And #4 is true bc of the ethnicity of your name and the fascinating truths I know can be found in the research of genealogy.

    How did I do?

    Janette

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Well, I guess I need to word things better. #1: I cringe at the challenge of writing lies about myself, but I don’t usually cringe at math or puzzle challenges. #2: I love to make quilts, but I don’t enter them in competitions – and only one of my cousins lives in America (she doesn’t sew). #3 and #4 are true. But I found out about the shogun from my mom. Thanks for guessing!

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