Quote Of The Day: On The Road

Image by Tayyab Bashir from Pixabay Quote Of The Day #52 Years ago, I read Gloria Steinem's "Moving Beyond Words" and it was a very good read. I can't remember the particulars, but I remember it talks about the train wreck kind of life many women have experienced. It inspired me to reflect on all … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: On The Road

New Word: Games

Image by Rick Brown from Pixabay New Word #111 I haven't watched the South Korean TV show "Squid Game" on Netflix--maybe I will do so during the holiday season. According to google, "Squid Game" depicts people in dire financial straits who sign up to play children's games in the hopes of winning an enormous cash … Continue reading New Word: Games

The Battle For Water (Flash Fiction Part 3)

Flash Fiction #126 This is the last part of the story. The first part can be found here and the second part is here. I've tried to come up with a better ending, but so far I have been unsuccessful. Now I have no choice but to just describe the real life ending. It was … Continue reading The Battle For Water (Flash Fiction Part 3)

I Want To Be A Monk (Flash Fiction)

Image by Judith Scharnowski from Pixabay Flash Fiction #127 "I want to be a monk." Miz announced in the dinner party his wife Aryin held. He had threatened to become a monk several times before, but never had the conviction to carry it out. Aryin was furious. Why did he choose such a moment to … Continue reading I Want To Be A Monk (Flash Fiction)

The Battle For Water (Flash Fiction Part 2)

Flash Fiction #126 This is the second part of the story. The first part can be found here. Tiki had two partners in his mission to bomb the dam. Their first attempt at a moonless midnight was a failure since the Zaville people were quite vigilant. Guards and sentries were placed on different parts of … Continue reading The Battle For Water (Flash Fiction Part 2)

Quote Of The Day: A Secret Revealed

From My iPhone Quote Of The Day #51 Professor Coleman Silk, in his seventies, used a derogatory word to describe two absent students in his class. The students complained, the school investigated, and the news spread on campus. Coleman felt that he was unfairly vilified and censured--in a rage, he quit. His eminent wife couldn't … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: A Secret Revealed

New Word: Colored Patterns

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay New Word #110 There are a lot of words to describe different patterns of color, shades, arrangement, style, and material. However I only collected a few. Whenever I want to describe certain pattern, I often feel that I am lost for words. For example, how to describe the fall foliage, … Continue reading New Word: Colored Patterns

Weekend Weather

Image by ThePixelman from Pixabay A Weekend Of Good Weather This weekend, the weather is so cool--70F (21 degree Celsius) for both Saturday and Sunday. During the night, the temperatures dips to 50F (10 degree Celsius). And I had to take the blanket or quilt out since it was quite chilly during the night. The … Continue reading Weekend Weather

The Battle For Water (Flash Fiction)

Image by Franz Bachinger from Pixabay Flash Fiction #126 This is a true story but I used fictional characters and a fictional location--somewhere in East or Southeast Asia. Let's just imagine a group of people have historically lived around Lake Mashawa peacefully, with quarrels and skirmishes here and there, but all in small manageable scales. … Continue reading The Battle For Water (Flash Fiction)

Quote Of The Day: Wake Up, You Are In …

Image by geri cleveland from Pixabay Quote of the day #50 It's a simple story. Peter is a writer who published a popular book before he's 30. He meets Maureen, who adores him, but the relationship just don't work out. Maureen is too headstrong for Peter and the two have escalating clashes. Finally they split … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Wake Up, You Are In …

Apple And Orange (Flash Fiction)

Image by RitaE from Pixabay Flash Fiction #125 "You cannot believe what is happening in our HOA." Crystal says to Pammy and Lulan. HOA means home owners' association. Every month, Crystal would come to New Jersey for a weekend to visit her friends Pammy and Lulan, away from the noise of New York City. She … Continue reading Apple And Orange (Flash Fiction)

The Breadcrumbs (Flash Fiction)

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Flash Fiction #124 "That's called breadcrumb relationship." Lulan Says. "What do you mean by that? My English is no good and don't try to confuse me." Pammy says. "It means that somebody doesn't really love you, but he wants to keep you in arm's length, feeding you a little bit … Continue reading The Breadcrumbs (Flash Fiction)

The Value Of Misunderstanding (Flash Fiction)

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Flash Fiction #123 Ardan and Jasmin are Rutgers University students who work as part time waitresses in "Royal Seafood" restaurant in Edison. Dim sum is usually served during noon hours on Saturday and Sunday. "Do you know who that is? That's Symosa, the granddaughter of the famous poet Sytu. I … Continue reading The Value Of Misunderstanding (Flash Fiction)

Things To Write About

Image by annmariephotography from Pixabay I have no idea what to write about tonight. So I think I will make a list of the things that I can write, you know, kind of like a brainstorm process. The Cat Fight The first thing comes into my mind was an incident happened many years ago between … Continue reading Things To Write About

A Story And An Analysis

Image by Ghinzo from Pixabay Let's just say her name is M. She told me a story, a true story, in which her mother's behavior really puzzled her. She was a teenager at the time, going on a vacation with her parents. Due to the holiday bookings or other inexplicable reasons, her parents ended up … Continue reading A Story And An Analysis

New Word: From The News

New Word #108 ghosting: It is said more than 10% of the new hires are ghosting their employer, meaning they don't show up for work and do not give notifications. great resignation: It means that many people have volunteered to resign from jobs since the beginning of 2021. gift economy: This means people exchange household … Continue reading New Word: From The News

Quote Of The Day: The Last Resort

From My IPhone Quote Of The Day #49 Wilkie Walker is a 60-year-old professor, writer, and naturalist. He thought he had cancer and didn't want to go through the indignity of radiation treatment and the painfully slow progress of declining health. He wants a quick solution. So he convinced his wife Jenny to go for … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: The Last Resort

Friendly Observation

Image by djedj from Pixabay I have been watching YouTube videos about narcissists and their damaging effects on people related to them. Somehow I started to feel like an amateur psychologist. So I talked with my friends L who's a very good kind of woman and have a lot of common sense. After listening to … Continue reading Friendly Observation

The Inflation (Flash Fiction)

Haoyan Do Cell Phone Picture Flash Fiction #122 Mu and his wife Nia have been practicing extreme economy recently due to rising inflation, to the point that their relationship is somehow strained. They used to go out for dinner once a week in a local restaurant, but that is considered too costly. Mu claims that … Continue reading The Inflation (Flash Fiction)

Quote Of The Day: Love And Friendship

Quote Of The Day #48 Emmy lives happily with her husband Holman Turner and their five-year-old son Freddy near Convers College in Upstate New York, where Holman is an assistant professor. As the husband is busy with his teaching and research, the wife is left alone, feeling isolated, unfulfilled, and unloved. Holman is unsympathetic to … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Love And Friendship

The Rivalry (Flash Fiction)

Image by Pezibear from Pixabay Flash Fiction #121 Between "Ivy Training Center" and "Step By Step Academy", there has always been a rivalry, which is well known in the Asian community. They are doing the same business with the same target market--they provide after-school academic training for students in middle school and high school in … Continue reading The Rivalry (Flash Fiction)

Quote Of The Day: Weekend Reading

Quote Of The Day #47 I've tried to read a scary book like "Dead Zone", "1922", or "Full Dark, No Stars" by Stephen King, but I ended up reading "11/22/63", "Different Seasons", and "On Writing". None of the three books are scary. The last one is not intended to scare people, but rather it is … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Weekend Reading

Saturday’s Conversations

A Friend's Wife I shouldn't have said a friend's wife. I should have said a couple since I know both the husband and the wife. The wife got a job for a year in Chicago for obvious reasons--their marriage is in a bit of trouble. He didn't mind too much but she wanted a change. … Continue reading Saturday’s Conversations

Where Are You Going? (Flash Fiction)

Image by adriankirby from Pixabay Flash Fiction #120 Yilan is a travel agent who runs a small travel agency in Edison, located in a strip mall right next to a big Korean supermarket. The pandemic is bad for the travel business, but somehow she has survived and now she expects 2022 will bring much better … Continue reading Where Are You Going? (Flash Fiction)

The School Bully (Flash Fiction Part 3)

This is the third and the last part of the story. The first part is here and the second part is here. When Nali and Meiru came back to school two days later, they were asked to go to the administrator's office immediately. Apparently Sulang and his mother had reported to the school that a … Continue reading The School Bully (Flash Fiction Part 3)

New Word: -STLE and -STLER and -LSTER

new word #106 words with -stle or -stler Here I only chose the words that are often used. rustle and rustler rustle: make a sound like dry leaves scratching each other. It also means to round up livestock and to steal themrustler: people who steal other people's livestock hustle and hustler hustle: (North America) try … Continue reading New Word: -STLE and -STLER and -LSTER

The School Bully (Flash Fiction Part 2)

This is the 2nd part of the story. The first part is here. Nali thought about how to get those books from Sulang, but it was just a thought. An obsessive thought, but still it's only a thought. It would never be put into action if it was not for the newcomer Meiru, who's parents … Continue reading The School Bully (Flash Fiction Part 2)

The School Bully (Flash Fiction)

Image by John Hain from Pixabay Flash Fiction #119 -- This story is modified from two real life events. Nali was an 11-year-old girl, living in the staff quarter of a rural university on the edge of Mongolian Steppe. Her mother worked there. The place was so remote that cars, buses, bikes, donkeys, horses, and … Continue reading The School Bully (Flash Fiction)

How Do You Know What Italians Think? (Flash Fiction)

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay Flash Fiction #118 Pammy and her husband Pan have been talking about inflation regularly. They have two mortgages to pay, one for the house and one for Pan's new car. Their son Sam is growing and the expense is increasing. A school trip to Manhattan, a new swimsuit for … Continue reading How Do You Know What Italians Think? (Flash Fiction)

Crazy Friday

The Microwave This morning the microwave went crazy. After emitting a weird burning smell, it sent the smoke detector screaming. I didn't see any smoke to justify the alarm, but not being visible didn't mean not being in existence. The detector can detect what our eyes can't see, I guess. Is this a metaphor for … Continue reading Crazy Friday

Super Easy: Tofu And “Just Egg”

This is the best vegan dish I've ever cooked so far and the taste is so good that it rivals those meat dishes. It is extremely simple and there are only three ingredients: Just Egg--I used six table spoon of this plant based egg, which is equivalent to two medium sized real egg. tofu -- … Continue reading Super Easy: Tofu And “Just Egg”

Somewhere And Nowhere

Paul and Katherine, the loving couple, fly from Boston to Los Angeles. Paul is a thirty-year-old historian who finds a wonderful job at a big corporation in the West Coast. Paul is so excited since this is a career boosting opportunity. Katherine, on the other hand doesn't want to leave Boston, where she has her … Continue reading Somewhere And Nowhere

The Vegan Eggs

I was thinking of getting the vegan option "Just Egg" from the Target store for months since it has had very good reviews online. However, Target is located in the Menlo Park section of the Edison Township, near those many acres of land Thomas Edison bought and established his lab more than 150 years ago. … Continue reading The Vegan Eggs

Quote Of The Day: Complicated and Unexpected

Quote Of The Day #46 Alan and Jane had a perfect marriage--he's a professor, architect, and writer in a university in upstate New York while she's a capable senior administrator in the same place. One day Alan played sports with his students twenty years his junior, fell to the ground, and hurt his back. At … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Complicated and Unexpected

New Word: To Describe The Spring

New Word #105 There's an old Italian couple living in a small house not far away from where I live. They have made their front yard a beautiful Italian garden. Since they live at the corner, their garden stretches from their neighbor's hedges on the right hand side to the edge of the sidewalk on … Continue reading New Word: To Describe The Spring

Things To Change

I'm thinking of making some changes to my post after seeing beautiful presentation of doodles, shining pink colors, and otherworldly fonts from people I follow. I have absolutely zero art skills. Whether it is photography, drawing, colors, shapes or layout, I have no idea how to make things pretty or why one is prettier than … Continue reading Things To Change

Cultural Differences And Appeal Letters

I think cultural differences become a big mess of entanglement in appeal letters. Time and time again, I've encountered this problem of trying to help somebody with his or her appeal letter, only to find myself unsatisfied during the process. For one thing, the content of an appeal letter is inevitably self contradictory, to certain … Continue reading Cultural Differences And Appeal Letters

The Alternative Life

"It often makes me think about the alternative." My friend E says. She is a very nice, cute girl full of common sense. By the say, she is also a nurse living in Queens borough of New York City. Once she told me that many of her colleagues complain that they have to try very … Continue reading The Alternative Life

New Word: More Compound Verbs

New Word #105 Last week, I gathered several compound verbs here, and this week I find some more. These verbs are so often used that I can't afford to ignore them, although I have tried to avoid using them as much as possible. Now I am thinking of digging all of them out, one by … Continue reading New Word: More Compound Verbs

Quote Of The Day: Contradicting Views

Quote Of The Day #45 Why shouldn't she, like Polly, have made at least one serious mistake in a rush of passion. In the absence of happiness, pleasure and power are the best the world has to offer. Both of us were fools, trusting people to whom in the end we didn't mean all that … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Contradicting Views

She Says And He Says Continued (Flash Fiction)

The first half of the story is here. "I want Arju to work, of course, but you know Joa, it is not as simple as that. Life is more complicated. If Arju works, our family income will go to a higher tax bracket. I calculated that. You know I'm a financial analyst. We would end … Continue reading She Says And He Says Continued (Flash Fiction)

She Says And He Says (Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction #117 Jinmu and his wife Joa have been running the restaurant "The Royal Garden" for years, which has a huge display of bubbly fish tank in the front, four two-feet-tall statues of folklore deities carrying luck, money, health, and longevity standing in a glass case by the wall, and several three-feet-tall indoor plants … Continue reading She Says And He Says (Flash Fiction)

Embarrassing Moments

I have nothing to write today, and the desire to post something while not having anything to say just drives me nuts. If I haven't already been driven crazy by English language, this urge to post every day will certainly finish the job. I kind of feel that I am pushing myself to a wall … Continue reading Embarrassing Moments

Quote Of The Day: Know Yourself

Quote Of The Day #44 When her husband left eighteen months ago, Polly hadn't expected her life to turn out like this. Miserable and angry though she was, she had looked forward to the adventure of being single again. But as her friends and the media had already warned her, there weren't any good men … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Know Yourself

New Word: Crazy Compound Verbs

New Word #104 The problem with English is that it is very whimsical. Just when you think you've got a hang of it somehow and figured out certain hidden patterns, you are surely to have a new encounter that will completely overthrow your previous understanding. This whim, unpredictability, and mood swing is difficult to deal … Continue reading New Word: Crazy Compound Verbs

The Sitting Problem (Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction #116 "I have always thought they have the best marriage and best relationship." Pammy says. "Me too. Well, blame the pandemic. I mean when they had two stores, each working in his or her own store, they had a model marriage. But you know they can't keep two stores. It's impossible these days. … Continue reading The Sitting Problem (Flash Fiction)

How To Ruin An Interview Continued (Flash Fiction)

This is the second half of the story. The first half is here. Lulan contacts the family whose boy got into Lawrenceville the year before and asks for tips. She is told to go on a social network group where Asian parents of Lawrenceville students or would-be-students exchange information. There, Lulan asks questions and receives … Continue reading How To Ruin An Interview Continued (Flash Fiction)

How To Ruin An Interview (Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction #115 Jan and her husband Tungus have had a wonderful relationship. They live happily together and they have a teenage daughter Cindy. However just like every happy family, there's a little dark cloud somewhere. For Jan, the dark cloud takes the form of her mother-in-law Artai who's very old fashioned. Artai looks down … Continue reading How To Ruin An Interview (Flash Fiction)

Quote Of The Day: Campus Controversies

Quote Of The Day #43 Other wars end eventually in victory, defeat or exhaustion, but the war between men and women goes on forever. Sometimes I think wanting to be good is just another form of vanity. Probably he isn’t taking proper care of himself because of self-hatred… He could see no way out: it … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Campus Controversies

New Word: Not Really Similar

New Word #103 These are all words I encountered today while reading. Most are commonly used words, but several are not, like distonic, tropism, truckle. My interest in reading increases a lot when I skip and skim in portions I dislike. And always there are chunks that I don't like even in a book that … Continue reading New Word: Not Really Similar

What Did The Psychic Say? (Flash Fiction Continued)

(The first half of the story is here) Lulan continues, "When Japanese companies set up a factory in another country, they copy their own factories in Japan as much as possible, down to the details of the factory layout and the hiring procedures etc. However South Korean companies are different. For example, Samsung. It has … Continue reading What Did The Psychic Say? (Flash Fiction Continued)

What Did The Psychic Say?(Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction #114 "When my grandfather was forty years old, a psychic told him that one day Kai, who's his youngest daughter and my youngest aunt, would kill him." Lulan says. "Wow, tell us. That's an interesting story." Lulan's friends Pammy and Armei say to her. "My grandfather was born in a fishing village in … Continue reading What Did The Psychic Say?(Flash Fiction)

Quote Of The Day

Quote Of The Day #42 I read this author's "The Loyal Son" about Ben Franklin and his son, and really like it. I have to say our local grocery store really has nice biographies and nice WWII books. Anyway, I went online to see if the same author wrote other biographies and found this one … Continue reading Quote Of The Day

Mischievous Great Aunt (Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction #113 My great aunt Zu, my grandfather's eldest sister, had long been dead before I was born. Even my father had never met her. However her story has a longevity nobody had expected. My father enjoyed talking about her. Somehow I suspected that he did this for my benefit--the moral of his story … Continue reading Mischievous Great Aunt (Flash Fiction)

Poem Of The Day: Midnight Construction

Poem Of The Day #55 Busy road constructions angry and loud; jackhammers scream the midnight hour, Heavy machinery are nonstop whirring, as if complaining, "How can you sleep when I'm working?" Strained nerves can't calm down-- better get up and write something. But I don't have anything to write about. This topic is too dry, … Continue reading Poem Of The Day: Midnight Construction

New Word: Wild

New Word #102 Wild, Wildness, Wilderness, Wilder, Bewilder wildness or wilderness: It seems that these two words are similar. It is a way of making a noun out of the adjective "wild". However I think I see wilderness more often than wildness for some unexplained reasons. wilder and bewilder: These two words are also similar--both … Continue reading New Word: Wild

More Monday’s Mood

Edison Township I told W that Edison has four post offices, but he didn't believe me. I even googled it and sent him the picture through social media. I just don't understand certain people who live in their own cooped up world and only believe in what they are accustomed to. The presence of four … Continue reading More Monday’s Mood

Poem Of The Day: The Market

Poem Of The Day #54 Dragon fruits piled high-- white flesh and red flesh-- prices defer but taste alike. Grapes fresh from the hot house-- red, green, or black, some seedless, some not-- sweet, ripe, and shapely not really organic, but very nearly so. Korean pears as big as a cantaloupe-- four dollars each, and … Continue reading Poem Of The Day: The Market

Quote Of The Day: Not Scary

Quote Of The Day #41 I read three of Stephen King’s book before: “1922”, “The Dead Zone”, “Full Dark, No Stars”. And I like all of them. And this is why I bought “11/22/63”, thinking that it is simultaneously entertaining and educational since it is about JFK assassination and 1963. However, the book is not … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Not Scary

The Canary (Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction #112 Image by LIAN30 from Pixabay "We bought this canary at the pet store last week. Look. Well, he is a little shy. Probably because this is a new cage for him in a new home." Jasmin says. Jasmin and Wai just got married. Wai is Pammy and her husband Pan's friend for … Continue reading The Canary (Flash Fiction)

More Thursday’s Thoughts

Remember the shortest route math problem from high school? I haven't thought about this concept for a very long time until now. It seems that every day the price is going up. Today, the gas is $4.35, up 40 cents from just two days ago when I filled my tank at $3.95. Now do we … Continue reading More Thursday’s Thoughts

Poem Of The Day: The Rain

Image by NickyPe from Pixabay Poem Of The Day #53 All day long-- misty drizzle, wet raindrops, freezing pellets, snow flakes-- weather in all forms have a last party of the winter. March is a difficult month, counting date--only the 9th. Spring is in the mind, but nowhere to find. Search the dump of my … Continue reading Poem Of The Day: The Rain

Who Will You Save? (Flash Fiction)

Flash Fiction #111 "Who will you save, me or your mom? I mean if there's a fire or a flood." Armei asks her husband Arhu when they retire to the bedroom for the day. Armei's mother-in-law Nai sleeps in the guest room. Nai just retired and Arhu invited her to come to live with them. … Continue reading Who Will You Save? (Flash Fiction)

Poem Of The Day: Flower & People

Poem Of The Day #52 "How red? How beautiful." Touching the waxy petals, smelling the non-existent fragrance, she says, "beautiful flowers, but ugly root. Don't you think?" "It's like people. You know, people with pretty face, but ugly feet. We all have ugly feet." I say to her. "Haha, that's because we don't do manicure … Continue reading Poem Of The Day: Flower & People

Quote Of The Day: Better Than Middlemarch

Quote Of The Day #40 "Scenes Of Clerical Life" by George Eliot I was surprised to find that this book is better than "Middlemarch", which I read long time ago. And I am sorry to say that the only reason I read "Middlemarch" was that it is recommended in many reading lists from google search, … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Better Than Middlemarch

New Word: Sometimes It’s Confusing

New Word #101 wile and rile I encountered these two words again last week in reading, and I had to look them up again. No matter how many times I tried to remember them, the two words refuse to stick to my mind. Also the two words look and sound similar and I can't distinguish … Continue reading New Word: Sometimes It’s Confusing