Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Unfinished Story I can't come up with an ending for the "The King And The Thief" post of yesterday. And right now I don't know what to do. I know my own weakness--the stage fright. I can come up with reasonably good ideas when not under stress. However when … Continue reading November Unfinished
Premiere, Premium, Premier, Prime These four words are used very often, but I will never understand their differences. In my often mistaken views, they are the same--meaning something good--but they are used in different occasions. premiere: the first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a movie. The debut of … Continue reading New Word #83: Combine PR with M
Image by Yuri_B from Pixabay Jang is a thief, living in the later part of the 19th century. When he's thirty years old, he becomes so successful in his trade and so infamous in his native city--the capital of a small Asian kingdom--that a young struggling writer, Winsam, writes a book about him based on … Continue reading The King And The Thief (Flash Fiction #87)
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay Finally finished the book "Utilitarianism/On Liberty". I already read "On Liberty" before, but this combined book was on sale on Audible. I just can't resist a discount. So I bought it. Also I have always wanted to know if the concept "the pursuit of happiness" is really from utilitarianism. … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #33
Image by Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay There are several Thanksgiving stories I can write. I haven't formed them in completion yet, but the contents are already there, except an interesting ending. Often there are so much time spent on ending while other parts of a story are not getting enough attention. A Thanksgiving Wedding Chef … Continue reading Thanksgiving Family Stories
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay Thanksgiving is a great occasion for learning new words. I don't mean just food and holiday related words, but other words like vibe, corny etc. as well. I still remember my first Thanksgiving years ago when our most hospitable host made a joke about corn and used the word "corny" … Continue reading New Word #82: Thanksgiving
Image by John Hain from Pixabay I read a post about two days ago concerning the alternative life. If we had made different choices in those crucial moments of our life, what would have become of us and what kind of better outcome can we expect? Actually I should link back to that post here, … Continue reading The Alternative Life
Image by LoggaWiggler from Pixabay I have no idea what I want to write for today even if I have a big list of vague ideas, and an assortment of short story books from Parker, Munro, Carver, Waugh, Hemingway. In addition I have a pile of bad drafts that are too embarrassing to be shown … Continue reading Many Indecisions
Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay Seasons come and go leaves green then brown Time eats all pretty things, including you. Our unremembered joy of a forgotten year Memory fades all our past, especially our love.
Image by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay I've never attempted to roast a turkey. And there are several reasons for that. Reason number one: The oven has always been an extra storage space for pots and pans for me. No other functionalities. So my skill in managing the process of roasting or baking is non-existent. Reason … Continue reading Thanksgiving Options
Image by Doris Metternich from Pixabay "Your name will be Meowlan." Cindy Chai says to the cat in the animal shelter, with whom she falls in love at the first sight. No doubt she's under the influence of the movie "Mulan" she just watched. Meowlan lives for two wonderful years with Cindy. Her only responsibility … Continue reading A Cat Named Meowlan (Flash Fiction #86)
Image by Pexels from Pixabay cabal: a secret political clique or faction. "a cabal of dissidents"From Pooja's post here. I've never encountered this word before in my reading, but it looks like a very interesting word. I've seen words with similar meanings like clique, old boys' club, inner circle, junta. ruckus: a disturbance or commotion.From … Continue reading New Word #81: Recently Learned
Image by jessica45 from Pixabay "In 1969, Ted Conrad was working in Cleveland as a bank teller. He walked out on a Friday carrying $215,000, the equivalent of more than $1.7 million today. It is said Conrad was obsessed with the movie 'The Thomas Crown Affair', in which a millionaire robs banks for fun. After … Continue reading One Story Two Views (Flash Fiction #85)
This is my first time reblogging and I don’t know how the format will turn out. I tried it once a couple of days ago, but couldn’t decide what to add to the post. So I reversed it to a draft. Now I am doing it again. This is a reblog about the Astroworld Festival stampede and crushing happened ten days ago in Houston, Texas, together with the author LiziRose’s own experience attending a crowded concert. It is actually quite frightening. I think women are more vulnerable in an out-of-control crowd since we have much less muscle strength.
I don’t have such an experience myself since I always try to avoid the crowd. However I’ve heard many incidents of stampede or crushing from the news. In the places where people go for pilgrimage, stampedes happen with a startling regularity. A crowd is a different beast altogether–almost not human even if it consists of humans– and if there’s no crowd control, waves of people can fall and crush like fleshy dominoes, resulting in twisted limbs or damaged organs or even death.
I just googled stampede and crushing and a huge list shows up from Wikipedia–the deadliest of all stampedes claimed 2400 lives in one incident. Unbelievable!!!
The concert promoter Live Nation is said to be the biggest and the most experienced in the industry. And it is said the company has a long list of safety violation for years. And in the first Astroworld Festival in 2019, three people were injured due to a similar stampede in a smaller scale.
Crowd Crush: the tragedy of humans in large numbers
Image by Michael Gaida from Pixabay 97 Year Old Mayor It is said the township of Tinton Falls of New Jersey elected its mayor, Vito Perrilo, who's 97 years old. It's a town about half an hour drive from Edison. I wonder if he can get on Guinness World Records for being the oldest mayor … Continue reading What’s New
Image by 👀 Mabel Amber, who will one day from Pixabay It rains so hard as if it is summer again, as if Hurricane Ida comes back after a 2-month pause, as if there's no tomorrow-- the trees hardly recovered from the last rain; the fallen leaves swept to one corner, soaked in a pile; … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #33
Image by azboomer from Pixabay I was too busy yesterday, Veterans Day, to finish this post. I often watch a documentary or a movie on wars for this day. All of these shows are interesting, and I guess the reason for that is because there are so much action. The plot moves quickly and the … Continue reading Veterans Day Favorite
Image by 박유정 Alex park from Pixabay It rained all morning. We've had so much rain this year. I remember in the past there was always a period during the height of the summer that the grass would go brown for lack of rain. For some years, it's three weeks and for other years it … Continue reading New Word #80: Rain
Image by Comfreak from Pixabay "It's global warming. I've already told you and explained to you everything. What do you expect me to do?" Jin yells into the phone. "You are the inspector who inspected and signed off on the house. I am going to sue you." Chichi's voice comes through the phone even louder … Continue reading The House Inspector (Flash Fiction #84)
Image by Iván Tamás from Pixabay Every Monday has its own craziness. And instead of concentrating all my energy in handling the craziness, I often have existential questions coming to my mind in this most inopportune day. I can't believe it. This almost never happens on a Friday or a weekend when I have more … Continue reading The Crazy Monday
Image by Anna Zielińska from Pixabay Read has nothing to do with ready, and test has nothing to do with testy. We can tell these pairs apart easily. However there are some pairs that are difficult for non-native speakers like me to distinguish one from the other. No matter how many times I learn to … Continue reading New Word #79: Confusing Word Pairs
Image by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay I am cleaning up my bookshelf and getting rid of books I have no intention of rereading, and books that I haven't read and don't want to read. A lot belong to the last category. The reason is that I got them on sale. Yes, it is true. I … Continue reading Shelf Life
Finally, I am finishing reading this very entertaining and very pessimistic book. And the last 20% of the book is even more fun to read than the previous chapters. One funny thing about Mencken is that he is against all the major wars. He doesn't like the Civil War and he thinks the South should … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #32
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Unlearning is as important as learning in our life, and often unlearning is harder than learning because unlearning requires the wisdom to recognize the unsuitability of the past learning, the will for the change, and the diligence to apply the change. A lot of time I just feel that … Continue reading Things I Have Unlearned
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay "I want to stop all the lies. From now on, no sugarcoating, no spinning, no prevarication. I will be honest, straightforward, open." Pammy says to her friends Armei and Lulan. It's Sunday morning. The three women are sitting at one of the outdoor tables of the Korean bakery Paris … Continue reading Sugarcoating (Flash Fiction #83)
Finally I am at the last quarter of this book. Here Mencken is getting more pessimistic and more entertaining. We can't take him too seriously and his ideas are often stretched for comedic effects. Mencken thinks that hard working can kill inspiration. …the observed hopelessness of trying to pump up inspiration by mere hard industry—the … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #31
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Mayla looks at the mirror and smiles with satisfaction at her own image. She never considered herself a fashionable girl before, but a series of recent events have somehow changed her view. First time in her life, she thinks if money is no objection, she wants to be as fashionable … Continue reading A Fashionable Lady (Flash Fiction #82)
Photo by Providence Doucet on Unsplash I am a little surprised there are quite a lot of words about friendship. I think there are more, and let me know if I miss any. These are all regularly used words. buddy:a close friend. sorority: a women's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes and having a … Continue reading New Word #78: Friendship