Diary

They Can Fix Anything Except A Broken Heart (Flash Fiction Continued)

This is the 2nd half of the story. The first half is here. When Patel first took over from Mahaul, it was quite a difficult situation. Mahaul is a wonderful engineer and I can’t help admiring his unbelievable skills. Not only that, he likes to teach people about cars and he’s a great teacher. However,…

The Talented Rabbit

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

Shall We Dance?

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

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.…

The New Year Resolution

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

Christmas Eve

Image by Else Siegel from Pixabay We are really lucky that we haven’t got much snow at all. The wind was fierce earlier today, but now it finally calms down; the temperature plunges to 13F (-13C) after dark, but it’s not as bad as yesterday. I finished two loads of laundry; boiled a pot of…

I Just Microwave It

Image by Chris Hilbert from Pixabay It’s only Wednesday but the grocery stores are filled with busy shoppers. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow would be rainy and then freezing, which makes today the best day for weekend shopping. Usually in HMart, we only see Asians. I rarely see non-Asians there. Wait, I can’t say…

An Interesting Stretch Of Reality

Image by Capucine from Pixabay I read Pooja’s review of “The Housemaid” by Freida Mcfadden and bought the book to read for myself. It’s an easy and fun read, which is about a maid Millie who is hired by the Winchester family as a nanny. Soon, Millie finds that things are weird in this Long…

Be Thankful 2022

Image by S. Hermann / F. Richter from Pixabay Pick Up Signals I feel that I have been much better at picking up signals now. Probably because I’m getting older and wiser–I wish. I know that I tend to self congratulate on some partial understanding and superficial knowledge. Knowing that I have such a tendency,…

Why Don’t You?

Image by alba1970 from Pixabay Today at the store, I suddenly remembered an old joke about a medical doctor freshly graduating from a medical school. He examines his first patient and doesn’t know what exactly is wrong with this patient, whose illness doesn’t conform to any of the case studies the doctor has learned in…

2022 Surprises

Image by Manfred Richter from Pixabay 2022 is almost gone and 2023 will be here soon. And I will be one year older, but not any wiser. And life is largely the same old same old forever. When I was young and impressionable, I often indulged myself in the thinking that some exciting surprises would…

King Lee (Flash Fiction)

Image by James from Pixabay Flash Fiction #147 I have known King Lee for more than ten years. I’ve always wanted to write about him, but have never come around to do it. It is not that I don’t want to write about it, but rather that I’ve always felt that I’m not ready. The…

Of Mice And Men

Image by Prawny from Pixabay For two or three weeks, an ad and an accompanying article have appeared on the local Asian newspaper about a position called Director Of Rodent Mitigation in New York City. It is not just a regular pest control position that offers a low salary, which is insufficient to pay for…

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…

The History Of Narcissism (Continued)

Image by S. Hermann / F. Richter from Pixabay This is the second half of the story. The first half is here. My father grew up in a Mongolian family of a half Mongolian village not far away from the Steppe. They would have preferred Mongolian style ranching if they had choices, but as time…