The Love Stories Of Two Sisters (Flash Fiction Part 4)

Image by Jess Foami from Pixabay Flash Fiction #160 This is the 4th and last part of the story. The first three parts of the story is here: #1, #2, #3. From then on, Cia had always been trying to work Arji into any conversation we had in the dorm. When we were having a … Continue reading The Love Stories Of Two Sisters (Flash Fiction Part 4)

The Love Stories Of Two Sisters (Flash Fiction Part 3)

Image by Jess Foami from Pixabay Flash Fiction #160 This is the 3rd part of the story. The 1st part is here and the 2nd part is here. Shermei went out with Thon, her college classmate, who is a loving and a capable guy. However Thon was not good enough for his narcissistic future mother-in-law. … Continue reading The Love Stories Of Two Sisters (Flash Fiction Part 3)

The Love Stories Of Two Sisters (Flash Fiction Part 2)

Image by Jess Foami from Pixabay Flash Fiction #160 This is the 2nd part of the story. The 1st part is here. From the first day we met, Cia was always the one who wanted us to be more intimate. In a girl's dorm, such friendly girl "couples" are everywhere. However I balked at the … Continue reading The Love Stories Of Two Sisters (Flash Fiction Part 2)

The Love Stories Of Two Sisters (Flash Fiction Part 1)

Image by Jess Foami from Pixabay Flash Fiction #160 Cia and I were college roommates, and I can still remember looking into her eyes when I was chewing instant noodles as my midnight snack. She looks so young, fresh faced. Now looking back, I realize that she was perpetually searching for love and acceptance in … Continue reading The Love Stories Of Two Sisters (Flash Fiction Part 1)

The Orientation (Flash Fiction)

Image by Anna Lysenko from Pixabay Flash Fiction #159 Lisa doesn't really need extra tutoring, but that didn't prevent her parents from sending her to Ivy Training Center (ITC) since she got a "B" in the first quiz of the semester on pre-calculus, an important high school course. In her family, an "A-" is a … Continue reading The Orientation (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

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)

A Love Story With A Twist (Flash Fiction Part 3)

Image by Annie Le from Pixabay This is the 3rd and last part of the story. The 1st part is here, and the 2nd part is here. Daughter: OK, you can tell me. So you had an affair and I am not Dad's daughter then. That's OK. I can take that. I guess Dad doesn't … Continue reading A Love Story With A Twist (Flash Fiction Part 3)

A Love Story With A Twist (Flash Fiction Part 2)

Image by Annie Le from Pixabay This is the second part of the story. The first part is here. Mother: You are right. It is not allowed. The beautiful nurse was transferred to a nursing school. Rumor had it that she didn't really finish her nursing school overseas. And the assistant professor helped her get … Continue reading A Love Story With A Twist (Flash Fiction Part 2)

A Love Story With A Twist (Flash Fiction Part 1)

Image by Annie Le from Pixabay Flash Fiction #149 Mother: It's the story of my life, but I've never told you about it for fear that you were too young to understand. Now I think you are old enough to digest the information... It all happened in America twenty years ago. Daughter: Is it a … Continue reading A Love Story With A Twist (Flash Fiction Part 1)

For The Right Or Wrong Reason

Image by Marjon Besteman from Pixabay The FIFA World Cup is coming to its most exciting final stretch, but not before Brazil was knocked off the quarterfinals. And people love the Brazil team and hate to see their unceremonious exit. So I heard. And even in America where soccer is not really popular, many of … Continue reading For The Right Or Wrong Reason

Quote Of The Day: Husband And Wife

Image by Annette Meyer from Pixabay Quote Of The Day #64 Joe Castleman is flying from New York to Helsinki with his wife Joan to receive the Helsinki Award for literature (imaginary. No such award exists). Joan was an aspiring writer once, and attended Smith College, but she quit and ran away with her professor … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Husband And Wife

Quote Of The Day: Love And Dating

Image by Neil Dodhia from Pixabay Quote Of The Day # 63 It has become so necessary to maintain power structures to benefit a selected few that it has become woven into our idea of reality. You don't need to be in love to count as a human. When women do not have a partner, … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Love And Dating

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 into the house. "Ajin, are you OK?" … Continue reading The Crazy Son-In-Law (Flash Fiction Continued)

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)

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)

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)

Quote Of The Day: The Ghost Writes

Image by Kira from Pixabay Quote Of The Day #61 "Everything undeniably true struck me as transparently false as soon as I wrote it down, and the greater the effort to be sincere, the worse it went." "I have neither too high nor too low an estimate of my work. I believe I know exactly … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: The Ghost Writes

The Village Psychic (Flash Fiction Part 2)

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay Arton always speaks with his daughter in a tone that is a mixture of politeness, humor, and whining. Yilan has always enjoyed conversing with her father, basically following her father's train of thoughts and agreeing to his ideas. However recently Yilan has started to see a psychiatrist and has … Continue reading The Village Psychic (Flash Fiction Part 2)

The Village Psychic (Flash Fiction Part 1)

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay Flash Fiction #136 When Yilan's father Arton and her mother Mi were about to get married, it's the local tradition that they should go to a local psychic, who would examine their family background, temperament, and other aspects of their life, from which their fortune would be told. So … Continue reading The Village Psychic (Flash Fiction Part 1)

The Truth Teller (Flash Fiction)

Image by Hamsterfreund from Pixabay Flash Fiction #135 "Can you persuade her? You are such a good girl, Venven, but your cousin Arlai is the exact opposite. Remember she went to Thailand for vacation and came back expressing her desire to be a Buddhist nun? Remember that? Then she tried to set up an animal … Continue reading The Truth Teller (Flash Fiction)

I Can’t Believe I Believed It

Image by Annie Le from Pixabay My friend told me last month that a lesbian couple moved into her street close to her home. And she is a little surprised to find that they are very normal, just like everybody else. She is almost a little disappointed that they are so normal. And this reminds … Continue reading I Can’t Believe I Believed It

Quote Of the Day: Josie’s Story

Image by Pavan Prasad from Pixabay Quote Of The Day #56 Josie grew up in a small town near Chicago. Her family was chaotic and her parents were not very responsible. She was actually a small town drunkard's angry daughter, a young woman already haunted by grim memories and oppressed by an inextinguishable resentment over … Continue reading Quote Of the Day: Josie’s Story

The Foxy Plan

Image by Monika from Pixabay Two girls, Banford and March, about thirty years old, bought a little farm together. In those days (about one hundred years ago when the story was written) such girls were considered old maid, with no prospect of ever marrying. Their lack of physical strength was described in detail by the … Continue reading The Foxy Plan

The Best Grandma (Flash Fiction)

Image by Hans from Pixabay Flash Fiction #129 "My Grandma Is The Best" --That's the title of her first composition in middle school when it was required of her, in her writing class, to describe a family member. Even those boys and girls who had the crazy version of dysfunctional families painted a rosy picture … Continue reading The Best Grandma (Flash Fiction)

I Want To Be A Monk (Flash Fiction Part 2)

Image by Judith Scharnowski from Pixabay This is the second half of the story. The first half can be found here. "To live with your mother?" Aryin stares at her husband with a bitterness that's more bitter than the herb medicine she has brewed for her weight loss and indigestion. "Remember last time your mother … Continue reading I Want To Be A Monk (Flash Fiction Part 2)

The Haunted House

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Japan is well know for its orderliness, cleanness, safety, strict gun control, and its best lost-and-found program in every public place. However its politics is not so peaceful and uneventful as it seems. The prime minister's official residence (called Kantei) is a famous haunted house--haunted by bloody incidences in … Continue reading The Haunted House

For Better Or Worse

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Maggie was a beautiful and capable woman. Since she grew up in a poor and dysfunctional family, she got married very young just to get out. Several years later, with two children in tow, she divorced her husband and left. Since she didn't have any income, the judge ruled that … Continue reading For Better Or Worse

Future Is A Tool

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay I talked with my friend L today. We unleashed our complaints about inflation and the hot weather etc. for an hour. Then the conversation inevitably veered towards family issues. "You know my mother-in-law had said that she would raise our kid for us. Seriously. Raise our kid for us. … Continue reading Future Is A Tool

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)

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

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 …

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

The Comedian (Flash Fiction)

Image by Michiel Ton from Pixabay Flash Fiction #110 "You haven't done anything this morning, Benyo, except staring..." Muj says to his son. "I've been working. I am working on my next joke." Benyo says. "I don't know how to describe your life. You are 25. You live with your parents; you don't contribute money; … Continue reading The Comedian (Flash Fiction)

A Simple Girl (Flash Fiction)

Image by sujith ta from Pixabay Flash Fiction #109--The character "I" in this story is fictional. An amiable pair of eyes; a round silent face; a hair clasp fastening unruly straight black hair into a tightly controlled pony tail; a simple suit obviously from a sales rack of an affordable store--this is a typical woman … Continue reading A Simple Girl (Flash Fiction)

A Love Story Continued (Flash Fiction)

Image by homecare119 from Pixabay This is the second part of the flash fiction #104. The first part is here. Tiger and Tria got married and settled down. Tiger is a computer engineer and he found a research position in one of the campuses of City University Of New York in Manhattan. Tria couldn't find … Continue reading A Love Story Continued (Flash Fiction)

Poem: Long Time No See

Image by Hans Toom from Pixabay Poem Of The Day #50 Birds start chirping early in the morning. Long time no see-- two or three months no hear of thee. Last week's rain, ice, windy chill, and the weekend's snow squall become a distant memory. Now we cheer spring in February -- 60 Fahrenheit, in … Continue reading Poem: Long Time No See

Tuesday’s Thoughts 2/22/22

Image by ElinaElena from Pixabay It's said that today is a special day, being Tuesday 2/22/22, which is noted as 22/2/22 in most parts of the world. Whatever the notation is, it is a day created for pair, duo, duet, duplex, twin, double, couple. How many English words are there to describe two? I don't … Continue reading Tuesday’s Thoughts 2/22/22

Edison Story Continued (Flash Fiction)

Image by Angelica Vaihel from Pixabay Flash Fiction #108 Continued The previous part of the story is here. At the emergency room of JFK Hospital, Bo is about to get an emergency heart surgery. Bo's in his thirties and very healthy, and it is really a shock to the women that his heart has problems. … Continue reading Edison Story Continued (Flash Fiction)

Edison Story (Flash Fiction)

Image by Angelica Vaihel from Pixabay Flash Fiction #108: This is a combination of two stories (two true stories) but I changed the location and the profession and certain details so that the characters are not really recognizable. "You are having an affair with my fiancee." Rana says. "No. You are having an affair with … Continue reading Edison Story (Flash Fiction)

Quote Of The Day #38

Image by Jerzy G√≥recki from Pixabay I have an Audible plus membership and it gives free audio books. Even though I know I often don't like these free books, I can't resist a freebie. So I downloaded an anthology of poems "She Walked In Beauty". It turns out better than I thought. Most of these … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #38

Monday’s Stories (Flash Fiction #106)

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay Valentine's Story #1 "I thought you like flowers, which is why I bought them for you. Remember you complained that I didn't bring flowers. Now I bring them, and you..." Jom stares at his wife Jasmin in dismay. "How much did you pay for this? We have our mortgage … Continue reading Monday’s Stories (Flash Fiction #106)

New Word #98: Event

Valentine's day and the Super Bowl are great occasions for learning new words. And for this year, the two almost fall on the same day. What are the odds? I typed "valentine" in google search, which tells me that it means "a card sent, often anonymously, on St. Valentine's Day (February 14) to a person … Continue reading New Word #98: Event

Romantic Stories (Flash Fiction #105)

Image by stokpic from Pixabay "That's like fifteen years ago when I just started a new job. And I was newly engaged and was thinking of getting married in two or three months. One day I was taking my night shift. He suddenly appeared, seemingly a little out of breath and out of spirit. I … Continue reading Romantic Stories (Flash Fiction #105)

A Love Story (Flash Fiction #104)

Image by homecare119 from Pixabay Tiger's wife is divorcing him and Tiger is crushed. The worst part of it is that he didn't even see it coming. He's kicked out of the house and now he has to move in with his friend Pan and Pan's wife Pammy, staying at their spare bedroom. Pammy is … Continue reading A Love Story (Flash Fiction #104)

Poem Of The Day #47

Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay I helped a stranger to translate in an Asian grocery store-- the difference between packages of rice. What's the stories behind her made-up face? Her accent, a hint of a far away hometown; her winter coat, plain and practical, no frills; her bored husband, tagging along. Were they sweethearts … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #47

Isn’t This Childish? (Flash Fiction #103)

Image by Daniela Dimitrova from Pixabay "Isn't this childish? I mean it's been two days and how long is this going to be? How long are you going to stay mad, for just a word I said. Or a phrase. Or probably a sentence. So what? I apologized, didn't I?" Nu says to his wife … Continue reading Isn’t This Childish? (Flash Fiction #103)

Quote Of The Day #36

Image by virin000 from Pixabay I was reading "The Collected Poetry Of Dorothy Parker". These poems are too sad and despondent for my taste. I think probably the author can really release her feelings of being unloved and abandoned through writing these lines, but it feels awful to read it. Actually it's not only the … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #36

Poem Of The Day #44

Image by WikimediaImages from Pixabay The road is dry, the trees are still-- The big snow storm, in forecast only, not for real. I sigh in relief-- what a lucky escape. I'm having chionophobia-- the fear of snow, and the dirty road afterwards. She says, "Me too. We don't have snow either-- only freezing rain. … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #44

The Fix Up (Flash Fiction #98)

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay "Koo, I heard that you are such an excellent matchmaker. I mean for a young man, that's quite unique, isn't it? Are you still doing it?" Whenever people say that to Koo, he would smile modestly and reply, "well, it's a complicated undertaking, really. I don't … Continue reading The Fix Up (Flash Fiction #98)

Poem Of The Day #39

mage by Public Co from Pixabay She dines and she whines, but that's just the prelude-- what she really wants is to connect. They know and they care, but only with partial knowledge. Kindness in heart, scolding in manner. He says, echoing opinions of others "how come they spend so much money on their girl? … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #39

Poem Of The Day #37

Photo by Juliano Ferreira from Pexels Life--a wayward mystery; human--an inexplicable mess. You think you know him, until one day you realize-- you only see what you want to see, or he only lets you see what you want to see. You think you know her, until one meeting when it suddenly dawns on you-- … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #37

Poem Of The Day #36

Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay Talks continue until voices grow hoarse and weary; questions keep coming, people hesitating, zoom call extending. By force or by choice, through practice or theory? Decisions made and unmade. Polite listening and pretending. Temper comes from too much caring-- just let it go. We can't stop the ceaseless … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #36

Unlearned In 2021

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Discount I couldn't resist a discount. It didn't matter what it was, books, clothes, phone, furniture, or even food. Whenever I heard of the word "sale", I just have to buy it. And in 2021, I finally did try very hard to get rid of this habit. So far, it's … Continue reading Unlearned In 2021

The Kidnap And The Witch (Continued)

tree_sunset Image by Tien Vu from Pixabay Continued from the previous post here. Lana doesn't know what to do. And here on the island of Asiana, people pray to the forest god when they can't find a way to save themselves. When they become tired of their praying, they go to see Wich, who lives … Continue reading The Kidnap And The Witch (Continued)

The Kidnap And The Witch (Flash Fiction #92)

tree_sunset Image by Tien Vu from Pixabay The story happens on the fictitious island of Asiana, located between East Malaysia and the Philippine. It's a beautiful island with little economic development, which is largely due to the political situation. During the waning days of the British Empire after WWII, a political manipulation was executed so … Continue reading The Kidnap And The Witch (Flash Fiction #92)