The Crazy Son-In-Law (Flash Fiction Continued)

Image by alba1970 from Pixabay This is the second half of the story. The first half of this story is here. Ajin is sitting in the living room, leafing through a pile of mathematical papers and murmuring something to himself when everybody comes out of the car and come into the house. "Ajin, are you … Continue reading The Crazy Son-In-Law (Flash Fiction Continued)

The Crazy Son-In-Law (Flash Fiction)

Image by alba1970 from Pixabay Flash Fiction #142 “I’ve told you a thousand times that I didn’t slap my crazy son-in-law. It's just a little pat on his head. Several people saw it and the rumor just started. It eventually evolves into something very untrue, which says I was so angry with him that I … Continue reading The Crazy Son-In-Law (Flash Fiction)

Love Stories (Flash Fiction)

Image by Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay Flash Fiction #144 "My first love was a total disaster." Lola said. "I really liked this guy in my class for no reason in high school. Then I was silly enough to tell him that. I was in general very shy, and I didn't know what came over me. … Continue reading Love Stories (Flash Fiction)

It Is Interesting (Flash Fiction)

Image by Alexa from Pixabay Flash Fiction #143 Two colleagues come into the little lunch room in their office at noon one day. Non-Native Speaker: "Look, I brought you one pound of sticky rice cake here." Native Speaker: "Oh, thanks, but why? What's the occasion?" Non-Native Speaker: "Last time when I showed you what I … Continue reading It Is Interesting (Flash Fiction)

Holiday Food Reinterpreted

Image by Joseph Levesque from Pixabay Many Asian immigrants interpret English words different, especially during holidays, when we have to pick and choose which mainstream customs we want to adopt, which customs we want to adopt but can't, which customs we want to admire from a distance, which customs we think we understand but we … Continue reading Holiday Food Reinterpreted

New Word: Holiday Celebrations

Image by timokefoto from Pixabay New Word #126 I was trying to compile a holiday word list, for which immigrants have alternative interpretations. Then I realized that it's a list that requires more thoughts and it wouldn't be completed today. For example, turkey is a mischievous reminder that one can never be Americanized enough to … Continue reading New Word: Holiday Celebrations

My Aunt Ayun (Flash Fiction)

Image by Phong from Pixabay Flash Fiction #142 Aunt Ayun is my mother's younger sister. She is my favorite aunt, not only because she is a great cook and very clever, but also because she is very good tempered (just like my maternal grandfather), and very good to children. And needless to say, in a … Continue reading My Aunt Ayun (Flash Fiction)

A Real Life Romance (Part 3)

Image by yamabon from Pixabay Serial Fiction Part 3. The first part of this story is here and the second part of this story is here. I want to say something here before I proceed with the main story. I wrote about my grandpa Zili from my mother's side who blamed my father for my … Continue reading A Real Life Romance (Part 3)

More Vegan Food For The Holiday

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I was thinking of getting more vegan food this year. I went to Trader Joe's today to see if they have their "Turkey-less Stuffed Roast" for sale. It's supposed to be delicious--so I heard. However just like last year, I couldn't find it. … Continue reading More Vegan Food For The Holiday

New Word: Winter

Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay New Word #125 Vapor In The Air nebulize: convert (a liquid) to a fine spray, usually by the ultrasonic method. aerosol: a substance enclosed under pressure and able to be released as a fine spray, typically by means of a propellant gas. vaporizer: a device that generates a particular … Continue reading New Word: Winter

The One Thousandth

Image by Manfred Richter from Pixabay This is my 1000th post and I thought I would do something more interesting than my other posts, only to realize that the pressure of producing something better is a little too much to bear. At first I prepared two stories, one is "My Crazy Son-In-Law" and the other … Continue reading The One Thousandth

A Real Life Romance (Part 2)

Image by yamabon from Pixabay Serial Fiction Part 2. The first part of this story is here. While my father was engaging in a correspondence with his future second wife living in a faraway big city, he also attracted the attention of several single women who lived locally. After all, my father earned a good … Continue reading A Real Life Romance (Part 2)

The Gossiping Dream

Image by Gerhard from Pixabay I had a very strange dream this morning right before waking up and running to the bathroom. Actually it was so strange that one hour after that, I was still thinking of it while drinking soy milk for breakfast. I dreamed that I was with two friends and we were … Continue reading The Gossiping Dream

New Word: Election

Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay New Word #124 I am often confused by the word "landslide", which originally means "the sliding down of a mass of earth or rock from a mountain"-- it is obviously a disaster. Paradoxically this word also means overwhelming victory in an election. I think people who are more superstitious … Continue reading New Word: Election

Cultural Differences In Cooking

Image by Monika from Pixabay I am not talking about the differences in ingredients, spices, flavors, textures of food from different cultures, but rather I am talking about a different kind of cultural differences--human behavior. Many Asians, especially Asian women, are shocked to discover that American women can choose between cooking or not cooking--some women … Continue reading Cultural Differences In Cooking

Stories I Want To Tell But…

Image by alba1970 from Pixabay I really want to write about my growing up stories at the southern border of Mongolian Steppe, and I have attempted several times, but only to "tear them up" afterwards. Of course I didn't really tear up anything since there was no paper involved. Rather I just tucked them away … Continue reading Stories I Want To Tell But…

Alexa Goes Wild (Flash Fiction)

Image by Michael Pointner from Pixabay Flash Fiction #141 "Hi, Alexa, tell me how to say 'I hate laundry' in Spanish." She asks the little ball like gadget she got from Amazon at a promotional price. "I don't know." The little machine answers. "What? What do you mean you don't know? You are supposed to … Continue reading Alexa Goes Wild (Flash Fiction)

Quote Of The Day: Fiction & Reality (Continued)

from my cell phone This is the second half of the post and the first half is here. I read this book because I heard that this book is based on the author's marriage to Clara, his second wife, who's a famous actress. The author grew up admiring her movies. It is said the two … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Fiction & Reality (Continued)

Quote Of The Day: Fiction & Reality

from my cell phone Quote Of The Day #62 Ira never graduated from high school and he worked in a factory after WWII. However he had a gift in talking and was quite active in labor unions. He became a well known radio actor in New York area, where he met Eve, who was ten … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Fiction & Reality

My Beautiful Cousin (Flash Fiction)

Image by Alexa from Pixabay Flash Fiction #140 "Oh, my beautiful cousin Alia again. Every time my mother posts a family photo with Alia in it, she has to mention that Alia was in competition for Miss Malaysia in 2007. She just has to. And if I don't give a star or click 'like', she … Continue reading My Beautiful Cousin (Flash Fiction)