Mystical Falls

The journey through the jungle took longer than anticipated.  A compulsion to locate the Mystical Falls consumed him.  He heard the roar of the water and quickened his pace.  Bursting through a wall of trees, a cooling mist greeted him.  He approached the Falls.  Stepping through the thundering wall of water, a woman and a…

The Top of the Hill

Analyn finally made it back to the top of the hill.  The place of her childhood where she sold pineapples with her grandmother by the side of the road.  Where she slept contentedly in the tiny room beside her. Will grandmother rebuff me for leaving the life she had dreamed of for me?   But,…

Thursday Doors: Puerto Rico Extras

These doors are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a weekly door-lover’s group hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities.  ~~ In continuation of last week’s door post, I am featuring doors my daughter, Sarah, discovered and captured on her recent trip to Puerto Rico.  I hope you enjoy! No doors next, but I thought I’d…

Thursday Doors: Puerto Rico

Sadly so, I’ve been away from the blog world for a bit of time for a number of reasons. I’m glad to be back. To kick off my return to Thursday Doors, I am sharing the colorful and amazing doors my daughter, Sarah, captured on her recent trip to Puerto Rico. We’re a mother-daughter door…

The Final Rose

A gentle breeze blew her grandmother’s curtains.  Sophie sat on the edge of her bed, holding her wrinkled hand for her final moments.  Her grandmother’s milky eyes focused over Sophie’s shoulder.  “Philipe, is that you?” her grandmother croaked.  “Grammy, it’s me, Sophie.”  Who’s Philipe? Sophie turned around to follow her grandmother’s gaze.  She gasped, for…

Thursday Doors: More Doors in Madrid

These doors are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a weekly door-lover’s group hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities.  ~~ This week’s post is a continuation of last week’s post featuring doors from Madrid, Spain.  First is a view from our hostel, Hostel Lidol, before my husband and I strolled around the city. Next, here…

Thursday Doors: Madrid, Spain

These doors are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a weekly door-lover’s group hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities.  ~~ The wheels have set down on two long flights, our bags are now resting in an Airbnb until we find a flat to rent, and we heave a sigh of relief that two weeks have…

Flowers on the Windowsill

Alejandro said, “I will return.  Leave flowers on your windowsill.”  Sofia danced to the florist where her childhood friend stood behind the counter.  “Hola, Matteo!  I need a rose.  He said he will return!” Matteo nodded.  “But, if he doesn’t…”  A year dragged by. “Matteo, the roses die too quickly.  I’ll buy flowering plants instead….

Thursday Doors: Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

This post is my contribution to Thursday Doors, a weekly door-lover’s group hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities. ~~ In two-days-time, my husband and I leave Hong Kong for Spain.  Before I go, I wanted to share a few leftover random photos that I took near our accommodations here in Yau Ma Tei…

Lean on Me

My friend gave me some good advice.  She told me to lean in, feel the wind on my face, and live life fully.  She also said, “You can have it all.”  I wondered.  What does it mean to have it all?  But, then, my friend fell.  I asked her to lean on me, and we…

Thursday Doors: More Lunar New Year Discoveries

This post is my contribution to Thursday Doors, a weekly door-lover’s group hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities. ~~ As this is the last week of Lunar New Year, I thought I’d do another post featuring decorated doors here in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. For New Year, most every residential and commercial building’s lobby…

Thursday Doors: Lunar New Year

This post is my contribution to Thursday Doors, a weekly door-lover’s group hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities. It’s Lunar New Year here in Hong Kong (or Chinese New Year) from February 1 – February 15.  Lunar New Year is celebrated in many countries in Asia and Southeast Asia. Sadly, most of the…