Or I Could Be Reading

#expat #celticmusic #colortherapy #nantoucounty #taiwan I didn’t quite build a blanket fort-didn’t have enough pillows or blankets-but the coloring sufficed.

#expat #celticmusic #colortherapy #nantoucounty #taiwan I didn’t quite build a blanket fort-didn’t have enough pillows or blankets-but the coloring sufficed.

She collected rays of sun slipping through the leaves, like casually dropped secrets between the trees. She quilted them together into a moss-soft carpet of earthen life spread across the forest floor. #nantoucounty #taiwan #sabbathafternoon #creativewriting #expat

She collected rays of sun slipping through the leaves, like casually dropped secrets between the trees. She quilted them together into a moss-soft carpet of earthen life spread across the forest floor. #nantoucounty #taiwan #sabbathafternoon #creativewriting #expat

Pearl Harbor Reenactment

A little girl attracts the attention of her parents, grandparents and friends when she swoops down, like a Zero, over the sidewalk map of Hawaii. The group cheers and giggles when she stomps on Oahu and puts her hands on her hips in triumph. I stand silent, uncertain, as the Japanese family then moves on to board the ferry to the Arizona memorial.

Medal for Sale

Antique Medal $25USD: Solid gold, red strips, size of half a pinkie finger, light in hand…heavy in heart. Sacrifices have a price apparently.

Her sisters call her, to rejoin them in the watery depths, but she tosses her hair, throwing mist across the land, and ignores their calls. She’s content to race the wind, slamming and crashing together against the isle. Who will first succeed at erasing it from memory? But then the wind tires and the blanket of clouds part, the sky opens up into the vast blueness of heaven, and she is left alone. She hesitates in the warmth of the sun and then consumes no more. Her roar dulls to a whisper and her sisters come forward to soothe away her sting. The isle sighs itself into night. #northcoast #taiwan #typhoonweather #expat #creativewriting

Her sisters call her, to rejoin them in the watery depths, but she tosses her hair, throwing mist across the land, and ignores their calls. She’s content to race the wind, slamming and crashing together against the isle. Who will first succeed at erasing it from memory? But then the wind tires and the blanket of clouds part, the sky opens up into the vast blueness of heaven, and she is left alone. She hesitates in the warmth of the sun and then consumes no more. Her roar dulls to a whisper and her sisters come forward to soothe away her sting. The isle sighs itself into night. #northcoast #taiwan #typhoonweather #expat #creativewriting

She rises up from the sea, a violent white beauty, tossing her hair as she pleases. Rushing towards the shore, she gorges herself on sea creatures caught before her greedy fingers. Over and over she throws herself onto land, tearing from it bits of humanity already forgotten. Roaring her song, it echoes off the rocks, she calls to her side only the brave. #northcoast #typhoonweather #taiwan #expat #creativewriting

She rises up from the sea, a violent white beauty, tossing her hair as she pleases. Rushing towards the shore, she gorges herself on sea creatures caught before her greedy fingers. Over and over she throws herself onto land, tearing from it bits of humanity already forgotten. Roaring her song, it echoes off the rocks, she calls to her side only the brave. #northcoast #typhoonweather #taiwan #expat #creativewriting

Memory for Sale

Found on a table at antique show: $60USD for a 1906 black and white photo of a young navel cadet—baby fat in cheeks, quirk in lopsided smile, devil-may-care gleam in eyes. No inscription or name on back. How did he end up here, on this table, in this place? Did he die in the war? Was the picture discovered in the attic of a passed loved one, the unknown man of a grandmother’s unspoken past? Was the picture flushed out a house in order to flush the man out of a heart?

Evidence of my oh so impressive #giantspiderofdoom fighting skills in #taiwan. Women’s “liberation” is summed up in moments like this (that comment is tongue in cheek so don’t eat me if you’re more “hoo ah lib” inclined) #expat

Well the #giantspiderofdoom from #taiwan and I are at a standoff. I threw a rug and he’s “hiding” in fear of me like a champ. Now I’m sitting on the side of my bed wondering if he’ll kill me in my sleep. #expat

Well the #giantspiderofdoom from #taiwan and I are at a standoff. I threw a rug and he’s “hiding” in fear of me like a champ. Now I’m sitting on the side of my bed wondering if he’ll kill me in my sleep. #expat