You have enough for a soccer team my dear. I’ve just counted. This makes him laugh-my uncle. God bless him. He loves to laugh and laughs often. He tells me that laughter is medicine. Of this he is sure. And as he reclines comfortably in his seat, I can’t help but smile at his fortitude. 11 children, 8 of them under the age of 13. … Continue reading Higgledy Piggledy Joy
There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?” The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.” “Then … Continue reading Why I Quit My Job.
I have lived long enough to see fads come and go and repeat again. Stars have risen and fallen and been forgotten. But with wisdom comes age and a shift in focus from tree tops to ROOTS! Continue reading Roots
Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving someplace, they are starving somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils. But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants. Otherwise, the mornings before summer dawn would not be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women at the fountain are laughing together between the suffering they have known and the … Continue reading A Brief For The Defense – Jack Gilbert
It’s interesting the things we know of our colleagues after a few years of working together. Often things that they don’t even notice of themselves. From the obvious moodiness after a spat with a significant other to little twitches and twists of the face when they are up to something mischievous – like giving a customer a not so subtle put-down. All their little habits … Continue reading Magwinya & Soup.
I got my niece ready for school earlier today. Simple mundane act right. She has this cute little blue uniform and white socks… But looking at her little shoes, I felt old and wise in comparison. and at the same time small and clueless in the face of the great marvel that is LIFE. Continue reading In Her Shoes…
I gave you a hug because I wanted you to know that you are seen. That you are beautiful and strong and doing an excellent job. But this would all be too much from a stranger and anyway, how ever would I say it to you? So as I held you, said a prayer to the heavens. May your hands not ache as you weave … Continue reading Black Hmong Women
If I could give you a visual to my 29th year of life, it would be a girl in pigtails, kicking and screaming and generally raging at the passage of time. How dare thirty come so quickly? I am not quite ready. I have a list! There is a long to-do list. I still have yet to find thee quirky bunch of friends of what … Continue reading Flirty Thirty !
It starts with madness, of course, it does. A sort of fidgeting of the soul. A restlessness. You begin by plotting your own career downfall from corporate superstar on the rise to wandering hipster sleeping on a warmed wooden floor in a Jjimjilbang (Korean public bathhouse), drinking Soju and eating pig’s ears. It is completely unreasonable. Why would anyone want to leave a sometimes racist, … Continue reading Butterfly
I went to a flea market today And there I met a man. Tall, dark and charismatic He called himself the Moon Guy. He gave me a gift A necklace with a half heart pendant. I looked up at him with questioning eyes He smiled at me. “You only ever have the one half, my darling,” he said. “The other is fragmented and broken up … Continue reading The Moon Guy