Quote Of The Day: Moon Is Not Cost Efficient

Quote Of The Day #67 it was a waste to have a moon here,a moon is not cost efficient Inalienable nomads, global citizensunfettered limbswe are heartsick for the true world I can buy books which I do not readand cannot afford and make plans for them tocarry me through my depression, winter solsticeI attempt various … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Moon Is Not Cost Efficient

Girl Fight (Flash Fiction)

Image by Victoria_Watercolor from Pixabay Flash Fiction #158 Alia: "Lulan? I always consider Ivy Training Center (ITC) a place for my daughter's tutoring. I've never considered it a place to help me. Can you believe it that they just lay me off like that? I've been working there for 10 years. Ten long years. One … Continue reading Girl Fight (Flash Fiction)

New Word: A Little Bird

Image by homecare119 from Pixabay New Word #131 There are many misconceptions about birds. If one wants to describe a person who eats very little, one would say, "eat like a bird." However birds eat a lot since it has to eat enough to provide energy for its wing flapping flights. There's another saying, "one … Continue reading New Word: A Little Bird

The Talented Rabbit

Image by Silvo Bilinski from Pixabay One of my friends just told me that this year is not only a year of rabbit, but also a year of black rabbit, which symbolizes creativity, talent and authenticity. I really didn't know about it--it is said that every sixty years, the black rabbit will descend on earth … Continue reading The Talented Rabbit

An Old Story Retold (Flash Fiction Continued)

Image by Gosia K. from Pixabay (This is the second half of the story. The first half can be found here.) I have been reflecting on Uncle D's life for the purpose of explaining what have been puzzled me for so many years. Why is fate so unkind to Uncle D? Why do people always … Continue reading An Old Story Retold (Flash Fiction Continued)

An Old Story Retold (Flash Fiction)

Image by Gosia K. from Pixabay Flash Fiction #157 He is handsome, competent, diligent, polite, and educated. He has a good life, working for a big corporation for a decade. Then his boss leaves the company and finds greener pasture elsewhere. He thinks he should be promoted to the position that is vacated by his … Continue reading An Old Story Retold (Flash Fiction)

Shall We Dance?

Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay Whether you believe it or not, dancing is quite popular in Asian communities here, as popular as playing mahjong or watching K drama, especially among the middle aged and older individuals. I've been observing this for quite a while and it is quite surprising, considering the fact that dancing is … Continue reading Shall We Dance?

New Word: Rabbit & Calendar

Image by Anrita from Pixabay New Word #130 Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year, that's observed in many East and Southeast Asian countries. And this year is the year of rabbit. This particular zodiac has a twelve-year cycle, each year being represented by one animal. In the ancient time, one's age … Continue reading New Word: Rabbit & Calendar

The Brothers (Flash Fiction)

Image by Владимир Харитонов from Pixabay Flash Fiction #156 "Well, we've been waiting for ten to fifteen minutes. They still haven't shown up. Well, it's just a social media call, but still we had to postpone our dinner for this. Also I wear more makeup than usual just to hide my ever increasing spots and … Continue reading The Brothers (Flash Fiction)

The Reciprocation Confusion (Flash Fiction)

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Flash Fiction #155 I wonder if you have experienced this, but I certainly have. There's this acquaintance, with whom you haven't had much interaction. She (or he) showed up in a party or a meeting you both attended. Then you met in grocery stores, hair salons etc. After a while, … Continue reading The Reciprocation Confusion (Flash Fiction)

Husband And Wife At Atlantic City (Flash Fiction)

Image by David from Pixabay Flash Fiction #154 "Do you know that most lunar calendars are actually lunisolar calendars since only the months follow the lunar cycle while the years are still largely in their solar cycle." Pan says to his wife as they drive down to Atlantic City to celebrate the Lunar New Year. … Continue reading Husband And Wife At Atlantic City (Flash Fiction)

Psychic And Digital Psychic

Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay I don't believe in psychics because my narcissistic family on my mother's side believes in psychic power very much. They often speak of their belief in certain psychic readings, or this or that child being predestined for greatness or villainy, or certain inexplicable sign bearing omens for future events. … Continue reading Psychic And Digital Psychic

Quote Of The Day: The Perfect Performance

Image by hoahoa111 from Pixabay Quote Of The Day #66 I have become a bore, I have been asked to forfeit my independent young feminist card. I don't care. I balance his checkbook, I trim his hair. I've gotten so retro, at one point I will probably use the word pocketbook, shuffling out the door … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: The Perfect Performance

New Word: Gambling

Image by PIRO from Pixabay New Word #129 I can't help making a lottery post when the mega million jackpot approached a historical high number yesterday. I used to buy one or two lottery tickets once a week when I was young, naive, and dreamy of impossible things. Fortunately time and experiences, though not bringing … Continue reading New Word: Gambling

Shoot The Messenger (Flash Fiction Continued)

Image by Samuel F. Johanns from Pixabay Flash Fiction #153 (This is the 2nd half of the story. The first half is here.) The conversation happened two years ago. And Lulan hasn't thought about it until now. Just several days ago, Ajun came back from a trip to Southeast Asia. He should have taken a … Continue reading Shoot The Messenger (Flash Fiction Continued)

Shoot The Messenger (Flash Fiction)

Image by Samuel F. Johanns from Pixabay Flash Fiction #153 "This is really... a case of... a case of ... shooting the messenger." Lulan manages to say, almost out of breath. But what can she do but to accept the reality? She has been regarded with disfavor by somebody whom everyone admires. She admires him … Continue reading Shoot The Messenger (Flash Fiction)

Quote Of The Day: Too Tender To Be told

Image by ADD from Pixabay Quote Of The Day #65 A perfect, paralyzing blissContented as despair I took my power in my handand went against the worldIt was not much as David had,But I was twice as bold. Glow plain and foreignOn my homesick eye That blame is just as dear as praiseAnd praise as … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Too Tender To Be told

The Dream Plot

Image by ImaArtist from Pixabay I've read several thrillers during the Christmas break--well, not really reading, but rather skimming and skipping, as most people do with books like that. Wait, wait. I should not say that. When I was learning English as a non-native speaker, I read two Agatha Christi books carefully, step by step, … Continue reading The Dream Plot

New Word: Pairs, Pairs

Image by ElinaElena from Pixabay New Word #128 I've heard of phrases like "good things come in pairs" or "bad things come in pairs", which are probably wise old idioms or song titles or advertising buzz words. However what I have encountered more frequently are confusions coming in pairs. I've had posts about confusing pairs … Continue reading New Word: Pairs, Pairs

The New Year Resolution

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay I'm not going to have any new year resolutions, knowing that I am not resolute enough to carry out any of them, such as regular exercise, positive mentality, time management etc. However I am going to propose some new year directions, towards which I can try to make an … Continue reading The New Year Resolution

The Sacred Myth (Flash Fiction)

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Flash Fiction #152 Lea and I have been acquaintances for years, and then about two years ago, I started to talk with her about narcissism. At first she laughed and brushed my idea aside, but then she started to tell me about her mother-in-law Sandi who's a super sized narcissist … Continue reading The Sacred Myth (Flash Fiction)

The First Breakfast 2023 (Flash Fiction)

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Flash Fiction #151 Pammy, her husband Pan, and their son Sam, who's a sophomore in high school, are having their first breakfast of the new year. Sam: This homemade soy milk is a little ... Pan: You are right, Sam. It is diluted. I've told your mom several times. Pammy: … Continue reading The First Breakfast 2023 (Flash Fiction)