Saturday, October 24, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020


 Amy did look forward to the annual high school class reunions, and she always volunteered to be one of the organizers. Weeks before the party, she went shopping for a new dress. Her favorite boutique, whose name was also AMY, was near the corner of the main street leading to the railway station. The shop owner was about the same age as Amy, and the two ladies chatted on and on, selecting a chic dress for the occasion every year...

No one in her family was able to dissuade Amy from attending the reunion even when she was going through the terminal stage of her long illness. 

Less than one month after the memorable event, the life and soul of the party passed away peacefully at the age of 69,

this week's prompt: boutique

Saturday, October 17, 2020

#Ten Things of Thankful: Oct. 17, 2020

  1. the ability to feel pain
  2. knowing when to take a rest
  3. my determination to give up non-essential things
  4. knowing Jesus as my Savior
  5. the privilege to pray to God
  6. teardrops that enhance my view of His Kingdom
  7. growing patience for slowing down
  8. memories of numerous blessings I have received so far
  9. teaching myself ophthalmology, orthopedics, and endocrinology, empirically and with books for 'lay people' 😊
  10. friends who are willing to listen to me and pray for me

Ten Things of Thankful

Thursday, October 15, 2020


The field was now sparkling with frost.  Looking out of the window, Hannah gently rubbed her left hand with her right hand.  Both of her hands were painfully deformed now, and she found it difficult to perform her everyday tasks.  

Having been proud of being an amateur church organist for decades, she had spent so much time and effort practicing playing the organ, but a couple of weeks ago, she found that her skills had slipped away from her numb hands almost completely, far sooner than she had imagined.

Hannah closed her eyes and began to pray, "Lord, how painful it is to get closer to You." Tears rolled down her cheeks as she continued, "However, I am thankful to You, loving Father, because 'losing' my hands is helping me understand what it is really like to live with pain, enabling me to love others and myself more. 

this week's prompt: field

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Key

 The key to being obedient to God is a humbly broken heart.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

#Ten Things of Thankful that I Should Never Take for Granted

in no particular order

  • my eyes
  • my ears
  • my nose
  • my mouth
  • my teeth
  • my head
  • my arms
  • my hands
  • my legs
  • my feet 

and all the other parts of my body not mentioned here

Ten Things of Thankful

Friday, October 9, 2020

#Sky Watch Friday: October 9, 2020


5:29 A.M.

the eastern sky seen from the bridge

5:49 A.M.

the eastern sky seen from the other side of the river

Skywatch Friday

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Mysterious Universe


Her parents say that M. E. is always following the path of least resistance, and she sometimes thinks they are right.

M. E. graduated from senior high school more than a decade ago, but she has never tried to get a job. She doesn't want to get married and start a family, either.

She confines herself in her room almost all day long, watching TV, reading books, and daydreaming. She sometimes writes short poems about injustice and follies in the world. 

Though her parents and sisters insist that she should see the world and make friends, M.E. doesn't listen to them because she is satisfied with exploring the mysterious universe within her heart.


this week's prompt: resistance

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Memory Challenge: Week 5


Ask, Seek, Knock

for more information, see The Bible Memory Challenge.

Learning Matthew 7:7-8 by heart, I am pondering what I am to ask Him for.

the kingdom of heaven
the Holy Spirit,
His righteousness,
His wisdom
Jesus Himself

Saturday, October 3, 2020

#Ten Things of Thankful: Breakfast

 Ten of the things I had for breakfast this week that I am especially thankful for:

  1. homemade fig jam
  2. homemade yogurt
  3. bananas
  4. kiwi fruits
  5. oranges
  6. Chinese blackberry leaf tea
  7. green tea
  8. perilla oil
  9. cheese
  10. boiled eggs

Ten Things of Thankful

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Oxford English Dictionary


About one year after she started teaching English as a foreign language at a rural senior high school in Japan, she purchased The Oxford English Dictionary in twelve volumes. She was excited at the amount of information found there and she enjoyed consulting the dictionary. She also loved spending some time reading here and there in it.

Fast forward to today, and the bulky books sit on the bottom shelf gathering dust. she took out one of the hefty tomes on a whim, put it on the desk, and opened it, only to find that the font was so small that she almost felt dizzy.  

When she got the dictionary in the 1980s, she could not foresee what it would be like in the 21st century.

this week's prompt: volume