Hero Or Villain, Crime Or Justice (Flash Fiction #100)

Image by Herbert Bieser from Pixabay This happened in 1960s and it is a true story. I heard it when listening to the conversations between my parents and their friends when I was growing up. I also knew Sister Cabbage, who's a mixture of old age and young passion, severity and naivety, reticence and outbursts. … Continue reading Hero Or Villain, Crime Or Justice (Flash Fiction #100)

Quote Of The Day #35

Image by Erin East from Pixabay I stumbled upon a YouTube video, which is also a book “Political Philosophy” by Steven B. Smith. It's posted by YaleCourse and it is part of the Yale Open Course series. I instantly thought that the view in this course would be too conservative for my taste since I … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #35

Accidental Discovery

Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay A Sweater Discovered a long-sleeve fluffy top from Uniqlo in my closet, still with the store tag on. No idea when I bought it and why I bought it. I just thought to myself, "Why did I buy this and why did I spend money on my looks? … Continue reading Accidental Discovery

That’s Fate (Flash Fiction #99)

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay "Where are you going? You are going to the tournament, right? How much I wish I can stop such an event. No participation. Just observe. You promised." Maylan says to her husband Jay Lai. "Of course. The tournament is half way through already. How can I participate now?" Jay … Continue reading That’s Fate (Flash Fiction #99)

Cultural Differences (Continued)

Incense Drying in Vietnam–Image by Xuan Duong from Pixabay I wrote about this yesterday in here, and today I feel that I have more to say on this topic. I said in the previous post that one can feel very strongly the first time one encounters the cultural difference, but that strong feeling can't be … Continue reading Cultural Differences (Continued)

Cultural Differences

Incense Drying in Vietnam--Image by Xuan Duong from Pixabay I've always trying to write real stories, but plagued with the fact that real stories tend to be too mundane to sustain people's interest. I still don't know how to manipulate the language to make a mundane story more fun to read. So it has been … Continue reading Cultural Differences

New Word #92: Verb

Image by Tracy Lundgren from Pixabay Verboten is a word I learned from Bonnywood's post here. Although it starts with verb, it doesn't have much to do with verb. Other Words Starting With "Verb" There are more words that start with "verb", but I only selected several that are commonly used. verbatim: in exactly the … Continue reading New Word #92: Verb

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)

Quote Of The Day 34

I found some quotes on "hope" that I think are very interesting. We can't live without hope, but hope can sometimes lead us astray. “It’s not the despair... I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.” This is from Blackthorn's post here. The post describes a British comedy "Clockwise" starred John Cleese, … Continue reading Quote Of The Day 34

New Word #91: Rag, Rig, Rug

Image by Jerzy Górecki from Pixabay Rag, rig and rug are all commonly used words. There's no "rog", but there is a word called "rogue", which I call "instant word". "Instant word" means a word that one can remember instantly, like love at first sight, and never forget. Rogue is such a word. rag: a … Continue reading New Word #91: Rag, Rig, Rug

Poem Of The Day #43

Image by Couleur from Pixabay Let's have a dumpling party, that's tasty and hearty, with meat and veggie, to help her get over him. Who knows where he's now, could be anywhere in the Pacific rim. Let's make dumplings from scratch-- knead the dough, chop the spice. All the mixing and stirring and wrapping-- to … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #43

Spoken Or Unspoken

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay When I was driving past Walmart in Piscataway yesterday, I thought to myself, "why don't I go in to ask them when I will be eligible for the booster shot? Probably in a month?" So I went in and asked one of the pharmacists. She immediately said, "yes." I told … Continue reading Spoken Or Unspoken

New Word #90: Figure Skating

Image by Дмитрий Бирюков from Pixabay Every year, I would watch half to one hour of figure skating competition. Every four years, I would watch two to three hours of figure skating Olympics. However my knowledge of figure skating never improves. I don't understand the differences between different jumps, can't distinguish between two, three, or … Continue reading New Word #90: Figure Skating

Dreams And Miracles (Flash Fiction #97)

Image by Leandro De Carvalho from Pixabay Rida has been battling her husband Mung for years, but today's battle is more severe than any of the previous ones. Mung took out a loan of $5,000 from their insurance policy without telling her and then sent the money to his hometown in Southeast Asia to buy … Continue reading Dreams And Miracles (Flash Fiction #97)

Irrational Man

Image by Sarah Richter from Pixabay I just finished "Irrational Man" by William Barrett, with only an hour of appendix to go. I have to say I still don't understand existentialism more than before even if I've finished this book. However, this is not to say the book is not entertaining. There are many quotes … Continue reading Irrational Man

The Old House (Flash Fiction #96)

Image by Đức Vũ from Pixabay "Let's go visit your grandpa's house in the village. I really want to see how good a mathematician your grandpa was. 'My grandpa built the house with mathematical precision, even better than those science used in building pyramids, even outshine what Da Vinci could do.' That's what you told … Continue reading The Old House (Flash Fiction #96)

He Is Wild (Flash Fiction #95)

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Lo runs a small home improvement and home repair business in Edison, New Jersey, but he is more known for his reckless driving than his occupation. When I first met him, I didn't know his driving reputation. I even took a ride in his car, but now I've already forgotten … Continue reading He Is Wild (Flash Fiction #95)

Poem Of The Day #41

Image by Jörg Vieli from Pixabay First snow of the year, hardly an inch on the ground. But the wind is howling, the air is chill, reminding me of another winter long ago. The southern edge of Mongolian steppe, wind-swept, dust swirled, potato frozen like stone. Gusts bit your nose, blue your lips, redden your … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #41

Poem Of The Day #40

Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay "3G is no longer supported. What does it mean?" "Don't you know? Where have you been?" I sweat and I toil, with no time for technology, which advances so fast--it's almost obscene. The plan is out of date, the phone needs an upgrade. What to choose, how to deliberate? Decisions … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #40

The Mistake (Flash Fiction #93)

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Whatever happens, he is not going to give up smoking. That's his last shred of comfort left in his life and he refuses to surrender it. Ever since they bought the house, he and his wife have been struggling to pay the mortgage and the property tax. Needless to … Continue reading The Mistake (Flash Fiction #93)

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

No Exception?

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay I just learned today that a hairdresser--he is really good with Asian hairstyle--in Edison, New Jersey just got notice that one of his clients was diagnosed with Omicron yesterday. So today the whole hair salon is shut down. All the clients in the past week were contacted, all the … Continue reading No Exception?

The King And The Thief (Continued)

Image by Yuri_B from Pixabay This is the second portion of the story. The first portion is here. Jang sees the posts everywhere in the city and wonders if he should take the challenge. There's the risk, but there's also "the #1 thief" reputation he wants to defend. He concocts several plans: He can change … Continue reading The King And The Thief (Continued)

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

Poem Of The Day #35

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay This happens so often-- an agreement is not really an agreement, a consensus is not really a consensus. It's just a negotiation and a resignation, a yearning for a conclusion, for politeness sake, for expediency, under the circumstance. Growing up watching idealistic parents doing the horrible … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #35

Pre-Christmas Adventure

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay At The Grocery Store One just knows the economy is no good when one sees a beautiful blondie stepping out of a BMW and entering a grocery store like Aldi, which is a haven of discount food. I've been frequenting this store for years and have never seen anything … Continue reading Pre-Christmas Adventure

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)

New Word #86: Christmas

Image by Uschi Leonhartsberger-Schrott from Pixabay Christmas is a great occasion to learn new words. I know a lady who really wanted her kid to learn better English. She actually decorated her place and put labels on each item with English words on it. What a sweet mother she is. Holiday Decoration poinsettia: a small … Continue reading New Word #86: Christmas

December Reading

Image by FETHI BOUHAOUCHINE from Pixabay I've been reading these books for at least two months, but the progress is rather slow. Life has too many distractions and reading is usually the first thing to be sacrificed. And inevitably the regret will come later, "why didn't I read books instead of watching that silly video … Continue reading December Reading

Insufficient Praise (Flash Fiction #91)

Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay "Can you believe that Arju complains about her daughter Niki all the time? What kind of mother does that? Every time when she talks about her daughter, she would complain: Niki didn't come home on time last weekend; Niki spent too much time on her theater activities; Niki wears … Continue reading Insufficient Praise (Flash Fiction #91)

Healthy Food For Christmas

Image by Couleur from Pixabay Christmas is a time to try new food. Stores display new items on their shelves while people don't care much when they go beyond their budget at this time of the year. One of the reasons that I'm always seeking new food is because I want to eat healthily. And … Continue reading Healthy Food For Christmas

A Night To Forget (Continued)

Image by NickyPe from Pixabay This is the second half of the story. The first half is here. "What are you going to do? You don't know anything. Typical women. You know nothing." The waiters taunt her. "Idiots like you never listen to women. Of course you think women know nothing. But I guess the … Continue reading A Night To Forget (Continued)

A Night To Forget (Flash Fiction #90)

Image by NickyPe from Pixabay It takes Nali the whole Saturday to troubleshoot the database, pinpoint the reason why it is slowing down, rewrite queries, and reconfigure essential tables. When it's all over, it's seven o'clock at night. She drove from Edison, New Jersey that morning, up the Garden State Parkway and the I-87 Highway. … Continue reading A Night To Forget (Flash Fiction #90)

The December Festivities

Image by svetlanabar from Pixabay I am going to write about the December festivities in the Asian immigrant community here in the areas surrounding New York City. There's definitely a feeling of cultural fusion here concerning the customs, the food, the activities, and the way people interact with each other. Christmas Gift Exchange It seems … Continue reading The December Festivities

Expectation And Reality

I expected that the boxed Narcissus bulbs would grow and thrive and smile back at me in hundreds of blossoms. The word "hundreds" is obviously an exaggeration, but twenty is a realistic number, which is exactly what the little dainty tag that comes with the box is claiming with its picture. However, after a little … Continue reading Expectation And Reality

New Word #85: Cave

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay Cave, Cavern, Caveat cavern: Cavern is said to be a cave or a chamber in a cave. caveat: a warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations. "there are a number of caveats which concern the validity of the assessment results". I really like this word and has … Continue reading New Word #85: Cave

Pursuit Of Happiness Part 3

Image by inno kurnia from Pixabay This is the last part of the story. The first two parts are here and here. Taimu starts his long soliloquy about this party, this award, the culmination of twenty years of tireless research. Lulan listens to him and wonders why he wants to talk about his work on … Continue reading Pursuit Of Happiness Part 3

Pursuit Of Happiness Part 2

Image by inno kurnia from Pixabay This is the second part of the story. The first part of the story is here. Taimu unexpectedly shows up at the Ivy Training Center. "Why did you come? I told you I would come to pick up the kid. You know you never listen to me. That's your … Continue reading Pursuit Of Happiness Part 2

Pursuit Of Happiness Part 1 (Flash Fiction #89)

Image by inno kurnia from Pixabay "He says I'm not in pursuit of happiness. I'm just a killjoy." Dana says and then she looks around, waiting for the sympathetic outpouring from her friends Lulan, Pammy, and Ivy. She's not disappointed. They instantly lend their support--they agree with Dana while denouncing Dana's husband Taimu in a … Continue reading Pursuit Of Happiness Part 1 (Flash Fiction #89)

Poem Of The Day #35

Image by Idearriba from Pixabay A five o'clock sunset in a cold day with moonless sky, icy path, and blurred street lights as if to say, "Get used to it--winter is here to stay." The night will be dark and chill, despite your dream of spring and daffodil. No fear, no despair-- just numb yourself … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #35

An Audition Goes Awry (Flash Fiction #88)

Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay Jan Choi did her best. She sings, dances, recites in varying languages, multiple tones, and diverse styles, but to no avail. Even before the audition is over, she can sense the judges' unconvinced facial expressions and unexpressed disapproval. "Jan, you are very talented indeed." The casting director says after he … Continue reading An Audition Goes Awry (Flash Fiction #88)

November Unfinished

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

The King And The Thief (Flash Fiction #87)

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)

The Alternative Life

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

A Cat Named Meowlan (Flash Fiction #86)

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)

One Story Two Views (Flash Fiction #85)

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)

My First Reblogging

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

Lizi Rose

I had a different post written for today, but I can’t stop thinking about the disaster that occurred over the weekend.

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What’s New

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

Poem Of The Day #33

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

Veterans Day Favorite

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

The House Inspector (Flash Fiction #84)

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)

The Crazy Monday

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

Quote Of The Day #32

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

Things I Have Unlearned

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

Sugarcoating (Flash Fiction #83)

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)

Quote Of The Day #31

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

Quote Of The Day #30

Image by Yuri_B from Pixabay More Mencken. I don't have much time to read every day and now I feel that I am stuck with this Mencken book forever. He is very pessimistic about almost everything, himself included. I think probably his only pleasure in life is to voice his pessimistic views. Still, whatever he … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #30

Ivy And Tom (Flash Fiction #79)

Image by Kiều Trường from Pixabay "You know Tom just repeats himself so often. I really want to ask him to stop, but I just can't do it." Ivy says. She's talking about her husband Tom Tsai. They've been married for twenty years now and have a good manageable relationship. Ivy's idea of a good … Continue reading Ivy And Tom (Flash Fiction #79)

Learn Something New Every Day

The Mystery Of Talking With Others Years ago in a university in Pennsylvania, I suddenly discovered the delight of group projects, for which people bounce ideas around and try to get things done with joint efforts. Why hadn't it happened to me before that point? I don't know. Since then, I've often experienced of learning … Continue reading Learn Something New Every Day

Quote Of The Day #29

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels I've been reading "Chrestomathy" for a month, but still I haven't finished it. It is so interesting that I really don't want to skip. However I also don't have much time for reading recently, being caught in the year end rush to get things done. The result is I … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #29

I Want To Be Liked (Flash Fiction #78)

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Kung is about to attend a conference on mathematics in Boston, where he's going to give a presentation. It's not just a simple talk to present one's research data, but rather it's like an unofficial interview. People who appreciate what he says will likely to hire him and offer him … Continue reading I Want To Be Liked (Flash Fiction #78)

Quote Of The Day #28

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay He is chronically and unescapably deceived, not only by the other animals and by the delusive face of nature herself, but also and more particularly by himself—by his incomparable talent for searching out and embracing what is false, and for overlooking and denying what is true. The capacity for … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #28

The End Of The Affair (Flash Fiction #77)

Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay Pammy and her husband Tan are attending a backyard harvest party at Ivy's house in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Pammy didn't plan to come, but Tan's cousin Maylan is here for the weekend. She's attending graduate school in Philadelphia and is writing a term paper on urban organic farming and … Continue reading The End Of The Affair (Flash Fiction #77)

The Interview (Flash Fiction #76)

Jennifer Chung doesn't think she stands a chance, but she knows she has to go to this interview. It's a well known company and a good position, which is something Jennifer has always dreamed of but known that she won't be able to reach. She is just too nice, too introverted, too plain an Asian … Continue reading The Interview (Flash Fiction #76)

Wishful Thinking

I wish that one day when we wake up, the morning news can tell us that Mondays have disappeared, forever from our life, together with other annoying things. Every Monday, I would inevitably think of existential thoughts, like "the meaning of life", "the futility of struggle", "the delusional dreams", "the useless suffering" etc. And needless … Continue reading Wishful Thinking

The Old Fox (Flash Fiction #75)

Ming is a poor artist who does online videos, creates cartoons and posters. He wants to marry Lily for years, but Lily's father Dun won't allow it. Dun looks down upon artists and poor artists especially annoy him. Ming and Lily could get married without Dun's blessing, but they are looking forward to some financial … Continue reading The Old Fox (Flash Fiction #75)

Quote Of The Day #27

Image by Laci Döme from Pixabay I dislike Nietzsche very strongly when he talks about women or marriage--he is quite mad and biased and unfair. However when he talks about education, I do feel that there's some truth in it. "Whether his work be done in a primary school, a secondary school or in the … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #27

Change Causes Anxiety

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay One day many years ago, I was reading a romantic story about two lovers--one saves the other from an impending danger and a certain death. I thought to myself what my parents would do in such a situation. My conclusion was that they would certainly save each other, only … Continue reading Change Causes Anxiety