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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

Friday’s Feeling

I just feel that I've been busy all day today, but achieve very little. My mind and my time are all occupied by trivial, repetitive, and predictable things. And when I finally sit down to write something, I feel that I have nothing to write about. I could write the second part of the flash … Continue reading Friday’s Feeling

Quote Of The Day: Life In The 18th Century

Quote Of The Day #39 I've got this habit of picking up books from the local grocery store. They are very good sleep aids--reading several pages can put me to sleep much quicker than watching videos on my cell phone. Then last week I picked up "The Loyal Son" by Daniel Mark Epstein and surprisingly … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Life In The 18th Century

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)

Friends Or Lovers Continued (Flash Fiction)

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay Flash Fiction #107 Continued. The Previous Part Is Here. After high school, Nia went to Middlesex Community College in Edison for two years, which in her parents' opinion made them "lose face" every time other people made inquiries. She finally managed to help her parents "keep up the appearance" when … Continue reading Friends Or Lovers Continued (Flash Fiction)

Friends Or Lovers (Flash Fiction)

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay Flash Fiction #107 "Are they friends or are they lovers?" Jan asks her husband Dang when other people are out of earshot. "Of course friends. Are you crazy? I can't believe you even ask such a question." Dang says. "You don't observe. You only think about your beer and rice … Continue reading Friends Or Lovers (Flash Fiction)

Poem Of The Day: I Don’t Know

Image by Peter H from Pixabay Poem Of The Day #49 She has a question about so and so, and I'm answering as if I know. But I really don't. Why? Why do I behave like a know-it-all? Why can't I shake my head and let it go? Just admit that I don't know since … Continue reading Poem Of The Day: I Don’t Know

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

A Local Restaurant

Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay Several years ago, a local Asian restaurant waiter told us when we were having lunch there that Valentine's day doesn't generate good business in his restaurant. The best day of business is the Mother's day weekend, Christmas week being the second, and around Thanksgiving being the third, followed by Lunar … Continue reading A Local Restaurant

Poem Of The Day #48

Here -- known this done that; there -- still a question mark; where -- an everlasting quest. Somewhere is an idle wish; anywhere is a wild guess; nowhere is a dreaded consequence. Then -- an unreliable memory; now -- a perpetual dissatisfaction; next -- an illusion and a conjecture. The quietness only reminds me of … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #48

A Surprising Piece Of News

Image by Автошкола ТЕХНИКА from Pixabay It's a beautiful day today. When I was taking a break and driving past Mahul Auto, I thought I just drop by to get my windshield wiper replaced. Last weekend, in the misty rain, I realized that my wipers were not working--the wiper blades almost fell off. How did … Continue reading A Surprising Piece Of News

Quote Of The Day #37

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay "The Thing Around Your Neck" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the first book I read that's written about immigrants' life from an immigrant's point of view. The struggle and the hustle and the opinions expressed have that special effect that I can identify with. Other books I've read on similar … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #37

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)

Has She Changed?

Image by Martin dalsgaard from Pixabay Do you think people around you change? Or probably they haven't really changed, but it is you who discovers something new about them that you haven't discovered before. I have had this friend for years, but only recently I start to feel that she becomes less cooped up and … Continue reading Has She Changed?

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