My skin was red hot and the metal on it was excruciatingly painful. As the metal poked and prodded my skin, I squirmed and bit my lips, shut my eyes and prayed that the pain would go away. I was trying to insert the stem of an earring into my ear and the above is … Continue reading Habitual Pain
I sense a hint of envy, a shadow of doubt in myself as I hear a relative describe her evening out with her girl friends. She tells me enthusiastically that they ate, drank and danced and had a lovely evening, while the husbands watched the kiddos at home. I am a master of masking my … Continue reading The Statue of Winged Victory
This story is from the book 'Confucius From The Heart'. A good moral for healthy relationships. A family of porcupines wanted to huddle together during winter months for warmth. When they got too close, they pricked each other. When they were too far, the could not trap the warmth. By trial and error they found … Continue reading A very short story of porcupines
I saw the monk and thought This is the way to live But I was not happy. I saw the king and thought This is the way to live But I was not happy. I saw the pauper and thought This is the way to live But I was not happy. And then I just … Continue reading The way to live
I was thinking about the nature of things. Some are visible and others invisible. Take for instance the chair I am sitting on. It has features, occupies space, gets old over time, its paint chips and it needs retouching. If things are really bad, it may break and get scratched severely. On the other hand, … Continue reading The nature of things
Hubby and I were trying to clean out our water filtration system. I suggested that while I held the water tank, he would clean the base out with the towel. I held the tank for less than a minute and my back started hurting. I did not let go because I wanted to finish what … Continue reading Strength or Weakness?
I love food and eat out often. I had ordered a lettuce wrap one time and took a hungry bite into it. The lettuce had gone bad, and I had to reject the whole dish because the fundamental element had become rotten, and there was no way I could enjoy the dish, past the lettuce. … Continue reading Stay or Leave?