The Storms of Our Lives

Was it a vision? Or my imagination? I still try to find an explanation for that night. It was sometime between 2 and 5 AM when my sleeping daughter kicked her cute chubby leg up into the air only to have it land on my belly. At that moment, I was awakened instantly and had…

A Sense of Belonging

“Captain Benwick reading poetry aloud while Captain Harville mends his fishing net is a little image of how she imagined a secure home and a sense of belonging.” I read this morning, sitting under the parasol on my yard. The early morning breeze tells me that the autumn is not far off. I can taste…

Back to the Basic

Funny thing happened the other day when I was aimlessly browsing the library. As I was walking through a biography aisle, a title captured my attention. The Real Jane Austen. Then a tiny voice in my head said, “Let’s get back to the basic”. I have deleted most of my contents from the first few years…

Waiting out the Rain

It’s a quiet morning, just waiting out the rain in my car. A brief sunny day after more than a week of rain storms passed quickly and the familiar rain is here again. All morning, I have been hearing depressing stories. Jobs are on the line for two of my direct family members. Basically all…

Like the Light of Morning at Sunrise

The relentless rain has passed finally and the morning without clouds has come. I woke up early with the sounds of wild birds and my dog slowly rose, too. It’s his big day. Neutering day. I left early in the dawn to drop him off at the vet office. I haven’t had chance to be…

Life as It Comes

I’ll tell you the first thing I want to do when I am back in my home country. It is what I want to do the most. I want to take my daughter to a playground. When I think of a playground, I hear the subtle sounds of children laughing and playing from a nearby…

Lily of the Valley

“Come! I got something to show you.” My neighbor A, right next door, who is quickly becoming my best friend eagerly invited me over. With a short walk through the gate that we recently installed in between the fence that divides our properties, I am instantly on her side where a wide open view of…

Fully Human and Fully Spiritual

It was a picturesque evening, a perfect version of a carefree summer evening. Not just the evening, my whole day was perfect as a matter of fact. It was a day well lived in perfect balance and harmony of being human and spiritual at the same time. I have to tell you, it is not…

Peace I Leave with You

I am sitting at my favorite hangout place enjoying the silence and peace. These two elements are not easily available to me these days. As I sit mindlessly in the glorious sunlight, I heard a verse I read this morning in the gentle morning breeze. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to…

Sunrise or Sunset?

I am not sure if it was sunset or sunrise when I took this photo. My daughter can’t discern sunrise from sunset, either. She only knows sunrise and refuses to call it sunset when we step outside on some evenings to catch the sun go down. What I do know is the assurance and hope…