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…

Where is Home?

Over the years, I have learned that the true meaning of home is not based on a single dwelling place. Home is a feeling. Home for me is found in the backyard of my granny and grandad’s house, now my mom and dad’s, catching lightning bugs as a little girl with my brothers and sisters….

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…

Night Buses

I enjoy. When the sun sets, ordinary colors blur into something special.  The nighttime buses in motion just outside my window pass by in bright dreamy lights. I wonder. Where are the blurry bus riders going?  Where are they arriving from?  Are they returning from a hard day at the office or dashing off to…

Be Brave

via Daily Prompt: 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…

Holding Pattern

Landing in Vizag, India was always an adventure as the runway is very short.  I was prepared for a rough ride.  However, after a bumpier descent than normal, the plane quickly made a vertical ascent back into the skies.  My stomach dropped as the plane shifted gears, changed directions, and headed upwards instead of down. …

30 Years Today

It seems another person boarded a plane for China thirty years ago. She was timid and scared of the path that lay before her, a new mom with a daughter one-year in age. 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.  She knelt upon a mat covering the dirt floor of a small and rickety church building.  The church stood in the middle of a slum area…

Sunshine

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

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…

Moving Forward

Hints of spring are still in the air, but the heat of summer is gradually moving in.  Seasons of the year roll along and so too seasons of life. They roll in and out, the good ones and the bad.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the key to successfully navigating through difficult seasons when…