FF: Land of the Free

I prepare for my second Covid shot tomorrow. In two short weeks, freedom beckons. Here’s what I love about this country: the diversity of people and places, of languages and thought. For all our flaws, for all my flaws, I am blessed. I can make a mental travel list without worrying (too much) about gas […]

Free Will

Today, I’m closing out the week thinking about free will and boundaries. We need both. Sometimes it is great to imaginatively wander. What is even better, though, is to return home, to the place I know, with my two cats who love their snuggle provider. Reality is, as the saying goes, still the only place […]

Non-serious advice

When I’m in a bit of a mood, and I kind of want to punch something but I know the only thing that will hurt is my fist, I turn to XKCD for consolation and laughs. Right now, I’m thinking about those “laugh so you don’t cry” moments and things we wish were true but […]

FF: Creative Non-fiction

Culture shock for a 15-year-old girl meeting her grandparents for the first time. Delicious, home-cooked meals and fresh mangos. A house in sunny Oahu. Flip-flops indoors to keep floors clean. Baths are gross, washing in your own dirt. We’re Okinawan Japanese, meaning: not stuck-up. Then, we’re rushed home by an angry mother. Because, my grandparents […]

Book Escapism

In her hands she holds a book with a silk cover, dark purple and glittering. Sitting down in a quiet cove, the story drifts to a new world, a place of starry skies. The story connects me to a memory: camping in a quiet world, no Internet, no pressures, just me and my imagination. In […]

Ideal Future

This week, I’m going to stream-of-consciousness dream world type stuff. No one else in it, not because I want to live forever alone, but so as not to presume anyone else would want my fantasy too. Of course, every fantasy – for me – has to start in a library. Come on in, and pull […]

Sunday Ramble

This week was fun. Today, I want to try something different, a bit of a ramble. Today in my church, our readings remind us to love one another. Also, today a believer from my faith tradition said I was being “disingenuous” for defending the apparent faith of a political leader. And then wishing for peace. […]

Not Forever

i want to be with youbut not forevernot like thistrapped in timein stillnessa prisonerof selfish expectations. i want to be with youforevera river that changes its coursesometimesnow you see menow you don’tpredictably unpredictablereliably free. these thingsonly matterwhen you really think about it nowand then

FF: Lay Your Burdens Down

Lately, been carryinga heavy load,as you know,so many questions,so little time. then i see you two,sitting therebeing you. itake off my bag,set it down at the table,close my eyesand sighand cry. a gorgeous spring day,a plain white table,drinks and food and conversationnothing fancy, cold lemonade and sandwiches, but it isheaven on earth.