Thursday Doors: Squeeze

I’ve kept this door in reserve.  It was taken a year ago by my lovely daughter, Sarah.  Each week, she and I walked the same path to arrive at a community center in the middle of the Fortune Town neighborhood (Bacolod, Philippines) where we taught various classes. This little guy heard us coming when the children…

Thursday Doors: Happy Door – Happy Home

The photo was taken by my son, Nathan!   This red door lives in Kowloon Tong.  The neighborhood it resides in was and is home to some of Hong Kong’s most famous celebrities.  Well-known martial artist and movie star, Bruce Lee, lived there.  Currently, Chow Yun Fat and Jackie Chan live in this area. The…

The Homestead

The hound-dog howled.  The front door slammed.  Hannah shot up, startled from sleep.  “What was that?!” Her brother, Caleb, chuckled, “It’s a ghost. Now, go back to sleep.” The next morning, Hannah rose with a sense of melancholy at being back at the homestead.  With their mama gone, she and Caleb must decide what to do…

Marriage Ger

Racing across the steppe, Altansuk felt nervous. Would she change her mind? He was but a poor herdsman. Cresting the hill, he spied Anujin standing outside her family’s ger, dressed in her wedding deel and headdress. The sun highlighted her radiant smile. His question answered, he brought his steed to a halt in front of…

Big Smiles

via Photo Challenge: Smile Big smiles make the world a brighter place! I love this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, “Smile,” because big smiles make me happy.  They are contagious and bring me joy.  So, I hope to pass a little of that joy along to you!

Thursday Doors: Family Home

Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out. ~~ Taking a recent trip from Hong Kong back to visit family in the US, I can’t seem to shake the feelings of nostalgia that have been awakened. Arriving in Ohio, I was pulled back…

Atonement

Pulling aside the curtain, Mabel gazed into the backyard.  She imagined ghosts of the past filling the chairs around her outdoor table.  Their floating laughter lost in the breeze.  Plans were set into motion at that table.  But there was a cost.  Because of what they did, atonement was required.  Every year they gathered to…

Ends of the World

I set out to travel to the ends of the world.  My friends joined but soon turned back.  It was an arduous trip.  On the final road was a sign compelling me to stop.  I continued.  Around the bend, a wizened old man sat beside the road. He said, “You have a choice.  Return to any point…

Where is Home?

Over my many years of travel, I have learned that the true meaning of home is not based on a single dwelling place. Home is a feeling. It is created where you and your loved ones are, where joy resides, and memories are made. Home for me is found in the backyard of my granny…

Evidence

“Do you think we will find the truth?” Excitedly, Ruth answered Ann’s question, “Finding this camera will exonerate my father.” Ruth’s father told her not to waste her life searching for it. Now, her quest was almost over. Carefully transporting the camera to the lab, she dislodged the disc and extracted the data.  Ann gasped, as she…

Thursday Doors: Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out. ~~ Kung Hei Fat Choi (Happy New Year) to you!  This post is about Chinese New Year, or as it’s also known as Spring Festival.  Romping around Hong Kong lately, I’ve enjoyed the festive air and…

Fragrant Harbor

Tour Guide In response to The Daily Post weekly photo challenge “Tour Guide,” I wanted to take you on a tour of my neighborhood.  When people ask me, “Where are you from?”  I pause.  Then, I pause some more, shift my eyes up and to the right.  “Hmm, that’s complicated.” I grew up in the…