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For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 1 January 2021

Na’ama Yehuda
Photo Credit: Na’ama Yehuda

It was a job he hated. Still, it hit him hard when he lost it due to company restructuring.

Dark clouds looming on the horizon, he thought of jumping off from the building. The proceeds from his life insurance would provide for the family for awhile.

But he was such a coward. It required a lot of courage to commit suicide.

He elected to go home instead.

“I have bad news,” he told his wife. “I lost my job today.”

“Relax, Dad, it’s about time.”

“What do you mean?”

“We’re rich, filthy rich,” she replied. “We just won the lottery.”


December 30, 2020 at 12:01 pm 33 comments

We The People Have Spoken

You're Fired

It’s all over but the shouting. The most contentious presidential election in recent memory is history. Although it’s not official yet, former Vice President Joe Biden won and President Donald Trump lost. Based on the projection released by the Associated Press today, Biden has secured enough electoral votes to capture the presidency.

To his credit, Trump had fought the good fight until the end. He held rallies covering up to five states in a day. I find his stamina and energy amazing considering that he’s just recovered from Covid-19. Sometimes I wonder if his getting infected by the virus were fake. As a master showman, it does help fit his narrative that it’s not as serious as the media and the health experts want us to believe.

Some may attribute his loss to the coronavirus pandemic that it’s still going on with no signs of abating. So far, it has infected over 9 million Americans and caused almost 240,00 deaths. Its economic impact is also staggering with business shutting down and many people losing their jobs.

As an incumbent, Donald Trump could have used the pandemic to his advantage by leading a united front in response to the crisis. But his divisive style of leadership has failed to keep everybody on board. In addition, he has continued to rail against science and health professionals who disagree with his optimistic view that “it’s rounding the turn with or without the vaccine.”

I’m glad that Trump has been denied a second term. The way he has handled the pandemic reflects the other aspects of his presidency which he treats more like a reality show. It’s all about himself and how it would benefit the Trump brand. As a result, his main concern is to make himself look good and serving the country becomes secondary if at all.

Being a sore loser, he discredits the election results. He has filed Hail Mary lawsuits claiming that he has been cheated out of a victory. Without providing any evidence, however, it’s not going to get any traction. At best, his legal maneuverings could only delay the inevitable.

We the people have spoken. Joe Biden won fair and square. On January 20, 2021, he’ll be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States in Washington, D.C.

November 7, 2020 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Wordless Wednesday: Wallaby Posing

Location: Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Doonside, Australia


October 19, 2020 at 8:27 am 16 comments

The Nuances of Sadness

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 12 June 2020

Ronda Del Boccio
Photo Credit: Ronda Del Boccio

While watching hot air balloons soar above, Fatma could feel once again the sadness swelling deep inside.

They reminded her of Ahmet who flew and left the nest a week ago.

For her eldest son, the excitement of pursuing his dream far from home must have deadened the pain, but for his family nothing could ease the emptiness of his chair at the dinner table or the bed in his bedroom.

When it was time to finally say goodbye, everybody put up a calm front and no tears were shed. They would come later in torrents after he was gone.

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Note: The setting for this story is Cappadocia, Turkey that I visited in the past. It’s a beautiful place known for unusual rock formations, houses and old churches carved out of rocks, and hot air-ballooning. Unfortunately, there’s not enough economic incentive for the young to stay. They leave for better opportunities elsewhere.

Location: Cappadocia, Turkey


June 10, 2020 at 9:57 am 40 comments

First They Came…

Martin Niemöller
Credit: Martin Niemöller

President Donald Trump and his enablers are exploiting the cracks in our democratic institutions and promoting divisiveness to gain power and establish a fascist form of government. For sure, they’re in the minority. However, if we remain quiet and condone their abuses, they will prevail and lose our human dignity and freedom in the end. It’s time to speak out and be counted.

June 2, 2020 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

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