Hope

Clémence was the spirit of mercy, kindness, gentleness.  She looked around the world, and found very little of it.  Gone was goodwill toward a fellow-sojourner in life, love for a neighbor of a different sort, and good cheer for a holiday season.  As Clémence journeyed, she fell into despair.  She petitioned the Highest to change her essence.  It was granted, and she…

Wish Granted

The blur of a man beckoned from outside the glass door. I walked through.  Strings of popcorn, homemade chains, candy canes, and ornaments hung from the sparkling tree in the corner of the room.  I sat on the floor, a little girl, amid the joyful chaos of Christmas day.  After the last bright package was opened, she stood before…

Superstitious

Donning her red dress, Sally joined her husband in meeting his mother for their traditional Mid-Autumn Festival dinner of duck, pomelos, and mooncakes.  When the meal was over, and before her mother-in-law noticed, Sally grabbed the chopsticks she accidently left upright in the bowl of leftover rice.  Stealthily, she lay them horizontal on the chopstick rest uncrossed.   Walking…

Thursday Doors: ‘Tis the Season

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton. ~~ I love Christmas!  So, in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I thought I’d create a post featuring an ecclectric group of red and green doors.  The colors of the season. Some of them you might have seen, but…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Final

Dr. Cooper entered the lab.  It was early Christmas morning and his wife had not been happy he was leaving the house. “Not today, Charles,” she had whimpered.  “It’s Christmas!” “I promise to only be gone a short while,” he said kissing her soundly. Her smile returned.  “Okay, I’ll hold you to that.” Dr. Cooper…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 5

As soon as the computer screen lit up, Henri asked Dr. Cooper, “I have been processing what you said yesterday and have a question for you.” “Yes, Henri?” “You indicated that the kind of giving that is done on Christmas is imperative to every day and not just at Christmas time.” “Yes, Henri.” “What if…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 4

Sitting down at his desk, Henri asked Dr. Cooper for another story as soon as the monitor lit up. ~~ Danny rolled his eyes at his wife’s insistence they decorate the tree.  He had barely finished filling the dumplings and pinching their sides together into the shape of crescent moons.  That had always been his…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 3

“Good morning, Henri,” Dr. Cooper said. “Good morning, Dr. Cooper.” “Are you ready for another story?” “I am.” ~~ Joseph pounded his fist against the steering wheel. The car costs a fortune, and it breaks down in the middle of nowhere!? He glared at the black screen on his phone. Great!  And my phone’s dead….

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 2

Dr. Cooper entered the lab and sat before his monitor. Turning it on, he said, “Good morning, Henri.” “Good morning, Dr. Cooper.  Can we continue our discussion on the purpose or spirit of Christmas?” “That sounds good.  I’ll tell you another story.” ~~ Maya woke up cold and shivering in the back seat of the car. …

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Part 1

“Dr. Cooper, I still don’t understand the purpose or rather the spirit of Christmas?” “How so, Henri?” the scientist asked. “I understand what is written, how it is celebrated and when it began.  How it became alternately the celebration of the birth of Christ and Santa Claus.  But I don’t understand why this event is…

Thursday Doors: Wan Chai Central Plaza

Today, I took a trip to Hong Kong Immigration, which was the final episode in the saga of losing my passport as I mentioned in previous “Thursday Doors” posts.  After seven long hours of waiting, my visa was transferred to my shiny new passport and I went looking for doors and Christmas decorations to lift…

Ode to Mom

I wake early Christmas morning and sneak from my bed. Creeping down the hall, I sidestep the squeaky wooden floorboards, and sit just outside the living room.  A mound of colorful packages lay clustered at the base of the tree.  The tree is decorated with stringed popcorn and cranberries, colorful paper chains, nostalgic ornaments, lots…