Monday, June 3, 2019

Happiness and Patience

I am having lunch at a Thai restaurant with my son, age ten but has the moody hormone of ten teenagers. We are eating noodles and he is having a hissy fit with the plastic chopsticks as the noodles kept slipping from them. I can't tell you how many discussions we had about looking for a solution, the virtue of patience and the pointlessness of being angry. I suggested we asked the waiter for wood chopsticks or a fork, but he refused. He continued to eat in between angry huffs and puffs, dropping the chopsticks, only to pick it up and continue to eat with hostility.

He snuffed his anger a tiny bit after I told him that his behavior was ruining my lunch. At the end of the meal, the waiter brought the check and two fortune cookies. He read his fortune and laughed. I had to coax him a few time to share what it says. His fortune reads: “Happiness can be achieved by using your patience." Most people will think it's a random coincidence but I see it as synchronicity. Thank you, Universe. I will need a lot of help with this precious boy who tests my patience daily, but he is the soul I asked for but had no idea the emotions that come with it. Joy and frustration wrap up in love.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Aleph by Paulo Coelho

A friend disappeared from my life for over a year, and out of the blue, she contacted me. A few days later, another friend texted me about getting together to celebrate my birthday. The three of us met up for a walk among wild flowers before lunch on a lovely Sunday. We talked and caught up.

The friend told me that her soul led her back to me. A few days before she contacted me, she had a dream about me. I forgot what it was about, but whatever it was, she took it as a message to reach out to me but wasn't quite sure why. I let her back in my life with no question asked. I accepted that we are different. She disappeared to recharge herself while I recharged by exploring the world and hanging out with friends. Don't get me wrong, I also do plenty of self-reflection and spending time alone... I believe in it and value it greatly but I need both as a balance. I manage to do both just fine in the same day or weekend. One day with friends, one day to myself or half a day with friends and the rest of the evening to myself but my friend required long stretch of time to herself.

I convinced both friends to read Aleph with me. One took to the idea right away but the one who disappeared took a little convincing and she finally agreed and she plans to read it in Spanish. I told her, well, that must be why your soul leads you back to me, so I can make you read Aleph... lol

I finished the book already but both friends still have not gotten their copies. I sent them tidbits of quotes from the book and the author that I like. And I told them that the author has met five of the eight women and I wonder if we are the other three? Or maybe those other three women were the ones he married and the only one who loves him is the one still with him..

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Clown University

My story for the photo prompt for April 2019.

Diana graduates from Clown University with jubilation. The acquisition of knowledge to proficiently clown around at the circus was strenuous and satisfying. Clown University teaches the art and methodology of comedy, learning to be funny and engaging. Learning to tickle that smile out of a taciturn adult or that child that does not think clowns are funny. Learning to tone down your antic in front of a frightened child and to recognize those adults with clown phobia but are trying to come face to face with their fear. Diana is more than prepared for her first day at the circus.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Super Bloom and Vacation

I have not blogged over a month as I have been enjoying the beauty of spring, hiking and savoring the super bloom of California and camping in Big Sur. I love the purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach. My son and I also took a last minute trip to Phoenix last weekend, riding the Greyhound for the first time. I have enjoyed every moment in nature and our vacation with a day trip to Sedona. I love Sedona. It was my fifth visit but my son's first time. We tagged along with friends who went hiking in Wilson Mountain. Since we had only a day, I signed us up for a four-hour jeep tour on the off-road adventure of Diamondback Gulch with a visit to the ancient ruins of Honanki cliff dwelling.

I told my son no whining. No complaining. The jeep tour will be bumpy and uncomfortable but this is called adventure. He understood and had a great time. The other passengers adored him and his excitement. He wants to visit again.

Monday, March 11, 2019


I took the poem A Ten-Mile Hike and re-write it for the photo prompt for March 2019. It felt like a completely different poem with a few lines from the original.

Triumph by Nova R. Paige

Dewdrops suspending at the tip of a narrow branch
 precariously serve to inspire my venture into the woods.
I start my trek as early as possible, dressed in a thick hoodie
with gloves and a beanie, long enough to cover my ears.
I dislike ears that burn with frostbite and cut with numbness.
I walk for what seems like eternity within a ten-mile radius
but by the end of the trip, with my leg scorching
and feet blistering, I behold the spirit of triumph.
Arriving in time to witness three round droplets
encapsulating a dome-like shield protecting a secret world.

Sylva K. Ficová

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Yellow Flowers

A walk at the beach and the surrounding neighborhood results in photograph of beautiful yellow flowers: