Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

Maravilla Beach

Maravilla Beach, Tabuelan, Cebu, Philippines
We live in a transient world where nothing lasts forever. Love. Family. Friends. Sadness. Success. Disappointments. Hopelessness. You name it. They come and go as the tide of the ocean.

There are times, however, when we become so attached to a specific moment in our life, such as a relationship, that we lose our perspective. As a result, we become disheartened when it ends.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we can enjoy this kind of moment and be able to let go when the time comes?

In last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Anthony Hopkins, who turns 80 this year, was asked to share an important life lesson he has learned.

“Keep going,” he told Kimmel without hesitation.

“I like that,” the host said. Me, too. If I may, I want to add holding on to the good memories and leaving the bad ones behind.

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June 23, 2017 at 7:24 am 3 comments

The Sacrifice

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 23 June 2017

Ted Strutz

Photo Credit: Ted Strutz

On board the ferry, Sharina took one long last look of the island she’d always call home.

She was heading to the big city where a job awaited her. At 16, her father thought she was too young and wouldn’t let her go. But when the recruiter offered to pay 6 months of her salary in advance, he relented. It would help pay for her brother’s education.

Sensing her apprehension, the recruiter approached Sharina and put his arm around her shoulder.

“Don’t worry, sweetie,” he said in a voice that sent shivers down her spine. “I’ll take care of you.”

June 21, 2017 at 7:11 pm 37 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Red Sunset

Red Sunset

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June 19, 2017 at 10:15 am 10 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of Focus

A Backyard Squirrel

This picture was taken behind the curtains to avoid detection. It looks grainy and blurry confirming what I already know. That I’m not fit to be a paparazzi and would never make it to the pages of the National Enquirer. If nothing else, I think it’s good enough to show to my neighbor just in case.

For sometime now, I’d been wondering who the hell was leaving a half-eaten orange on top of the backyard fence. Could it be the next door neighbor? I doubt it. He doesn’t seem to be that friendly. At the same time, I shudder at the thought that he might be suspecting me doing it as some kind of prank. Trust me, you would get scared, too, if you see him. He’s one you don’t want to cross. He’s built like a defensive tackle on the football field.

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June 17, 2017 at 9:37 am 7 comments

Just in Time

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 16 June 2017

Dale Rogerson

Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

It was one of those full moon nights when things could get crazy.

People gathered outside the apartment building attracted by a man standing like a statue on the edge of the roof.

It was Homer who lived with his family in one of the units there. When he lost his job, he spiraled into deep depression. He decided to end his life right there and then.

Homer spread his arms, took a deep breath, and was about to jump when he heard his wife’s domineering voice.

“Get down from there, you fool!” Henrietta yelled. “We just won the lottery.”

June 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm 43 comments

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