Shadows- Budha (under construction)

“What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul” – Oscar Wilde (A House of Pomegranates)    “What would your good do if evil didn’t exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?” – Mikhail Bulgakov

Puzzleblume

I am always amazed by Puzzleblume’s posts. Each post transports me to the German countryside and the beauty of every bird, bud, and blossom. Insects and butterflies find a way into the blog on a regular basis as well. So today’s post is dedicated to Puzzle.        

Memories (the school years)

“I am, I can, I ought, I will.” was the motto of my first elementary (primary) school, one in a long list of schools I would eventually attend.  It was to me a secret mantra uttered to protect the sane trapped in an asylum. I remember walking through the large, iron gates, and looking at the building…

Thursday rain (Past)

Inspired by Le Drake Noir’s, “Rain in the eyes” response to Paula’s  creative theme “Unfocused.” There is a child-like joy to rain on windows. I was busy “racing” the raindrops despite the weariness of a long flight. The blurred clock at the station, in San Francisco Airport, reflected a pause in time…  

Small miracles…

Last night I had a strange nightmare, that of a car accident and woke up disoriented in the morning. As I tried to pull at the duvet and go back to sleep, I realized it had slid into a large sad pile on the floor. The bedsheets sat coiled around my ankles and I had…

Xinwancun (Hubei Province)​

There are several rivers, and canals that crisscross the small village of Xinwancun, central China. Many residents here sustain themselves and earn their living from fish and crabs that live in the small ponds. The nets are cast though there is surprisingly little visible activity in the early morning.   The sun sits like a golden…

The storms are coming…

As the Bay Area braces itself for another round of heavy rains, European friends of mine comment on how no one here seems to know how to drive in the rain. I point out that the wet weather is just a magnifying lens on generally poor driving. My wonderful neighbors take exception to the lack of…