Love at First Sight

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 9 February 2018

JS Brand

Photo Credit: JS Brand
““Grandpa, how did you meet Grandma?” Ella asked while they sat outside enjoying the view.

“It’s long story.”

“Make it short. We don’t have all day.”

“Well, we were from the same village.

“When I was 27, I returned looking for a wife. It was love at first sight. The problem was she was only 12.

“The next time we met, I was an old bachelor. By then, she had grown into a beautiful woman.

“I asked her father for her hand in marriage. When he said yes, I was the happiest man in the world.”

“That’s really cool, Grandpa!”


February 7, 2018 at 9:55 am 45 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Ouch! It Bit Me!

Fisherman's Wharf
Location: Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California

February 5, 2018 at 9:02 am 2 comments

Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl 2018

Image credit: Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
It’s Super Bowl time again.

It’ll be New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles.


Well, it seems like a coronation for the Patriots rather than a real game. They’re the winningest football team in history. They had been there nine times and won five times. It’s not surprising the odd makers favor them by 4.5 points as we speak.

People outside of New England are more likely rooting for the Eagles. They include everybody I had talked to during the past week. Blame it on what you call Patriot fatigue. They’re simply tired of seeing them compete in the Super Bowl. Perhaps it’s time to spread the wealth?

Although I live in California, my heart goes to the Patriots for the simple reason that its quarterback, Tom Brady, and wide receiver, Julian Edelman (lost for the season due to injury), are local boys.

But winning their sixth Lombardi Trophy will be tough against a very good defensive team. In 2017, the Eagles were ranked third against the run and seventh against the pass. I expect the Eagles to give the Patriots a run for their money. If they can go after Brady and sack him a few times, they will increase their chances of victory.

As I see it, it should be an interesting game to watch given its historical significance. Whether you like Belichick, Tom Brady and the Patriots or not, win or lose, we’ll never see another coach, quarterback and team like them in our lifetime again.

February 3, 2018 at 10:01 pm 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

A Walk to Remember the Park

Location: Lake Chabot Park, Castro Valley, California
I chanced upon this couple in their 70s holding hands while walking in the park. Although I consider it intrusive to take pictures of people without their permission, it was such a lovely sight that I had to make an exception.

I find it admirable to see two people grow old together and enjoying each other’s company. They’re living proof that a marriage can last “until death do us part.”

A successful relationship will always be a work in progress. It requires shared commitment and mutual respect in facing life’s challenges that come along the way. It gets easier when a beloved partner is on your side.


a trusted volume
that doesn’t stay languid
on the shelf and gather dust
that’s you, beloved

read cover to cover
i’d known you by heart
still, when i part the pages
you’d come fresh, the fireworks start

a companion on long hikes
and a pillow on my head
as i lay down on the grass to rest
that’s you, beloved

– Plaridel


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February 2, 2018 at 8:54 am 10 comments


For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 2 February 2018

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Tara was beautiful, ambitious, and anxious to take on the world. In high school, she was voted most likely to succeed.

But to dad, Tara was a disappointment. She couldn’t wait to leave the town where the family lived for generations.

After graduation, Tara left to pursue an acting career. It felt like a tree was uprooted from its roots. “She’s dead to me,” Dad said.

One day, there was a knock on the door. It was Tara with child. There wasn’t a dry eye when dad rushed to hug her. Finally, the long lost daughter found her way home.

January 31, 2018 at 3:51 pm 59 comments

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