Photo Challenge: Glow

via Photo Challenge: Glow Photos at dusk are my favorite!  I took this picture while traveling on a ferry to an island near my home.  I love the way the colors pop in the late afternoon sun. For a writing class I am currently taking, my assignment is to watch outside my window and observe…

Be Brave

Lately, I have been at a loss on what to write my next post about.  Then appeared the “WordPress Daily Prompt” challenge. The prompt was “brave” and my mind immediately began to whirr (I love when that happens).  I usually feel intimidated by these prompts; however, today I decided to join in. I’m preparing to…

Thursday Doors ~ Mui Wo

The season of life that I inhabit at the moment is one of waiting.  It involves some unknowns.  However, I have been trying (really hard) to slow my mind from racing and to enjoy the every-day with all that it contains.  During this time of slowing down a bit, I enjoyed another nice day outing…

Thursday Doors ~ Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-autumn festival is one of the most significant annual festivals in China.  It is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar.  On the evening of, children walk along the street and through the parks with their lit-up lanterns swinging from their hands, people give each other moon cakes, and…

Holding Pattern

Landing in Vizag, India was always an adventure.  The runway is small.  I was prepared for the bumpy ride.  However, after a bumpier descent than normal; the plane suddenly made a vertical ascent back into the skies.  My stomach dropped as the plane shifted gears, changed directions, and headed upward.  Fellow travelers, gripping their armrests,…

Thursday Doors ~ Southern China

A door in southern China, on the other side of the Pearl River Delta from where I live in Hong Kong.  Walking the alleyway with some friends, this little boy invited us to come in.  I love the big wooden folding door (and of course the little boy is adorable)!   (Inspired by Thursday Doors,…

Sometimes…

Sometimes you feel like the bird Sometimes you feel like the fish (Photo taken at the park near my flat!)

30 Years Today

It seems like another person boarded a plane for China thirty years ago.  She was timid and scared of the path that lay before her.  Her daughter was just a baby, a one-year-old.  She had never been out of the country of her birth, let alone to the other side of the world. How could…

The Widow’s Pot

I’m not sure why she comes to mind.  It was more than eight years ago. We’ll call her Hepzibah. Covering her head with her scarf, Hepzibah bowed to pray.  The mat she knelt on covered the dirt floor of the tiny, barely standing, church building that stood in the middle of the slum she called…

Letter to Discouragement

To Discouragement, You found me again.  Like a heavy blanket hanging from my shoulders, your presence wrapped around my heart and weighed me down. You stole my sleep away.  My days were like walking through sand. I couldn’t shake your insistent whispers. Your voice that brought me doubt and sorrow. Your constant stream of lies…

Sunshine

Typhoon Merbok brought with it days and days of rain.  Each morning I woke up to gray skies and moisture (other than the normal humidity that is common here).  However, today the sun has emerged. I am in the process of trying to grow a couple of herb plants from seed.  The “cosmos” seemed to…

Community

“Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it…