“sometimes we just have to dig deeper” (a treasure hunter)

Digging into my treasure chest I found this today. Alas, my perspective remains unchanged though somewhat challenged. The following is an unabridged version. My task at hand is how may I write a sequel? No, I don't mean a sequel in mere words which is easy and may be churned out like a budget standard … Continue reading “sometimes we just have to dig deeper” (a treasure hunter)

Sound Mind Economics #1: “equal right”

gold bars: economics principle Sound Mind Economics and Application Issues #1 Dear Millennials and others: Because I was once your age I know how you currently struggle with many pertinent issues. Why economics? It is the main issue that divides many in this world of “inequality”. I believe when we go deeper in economics we … Continue reading Sound Mind Economics #1: “equal right”

One man’s paradise

The Mosquito Coast - random thoughts As his new Eden crumbles around him, Fox descends from eccentricity into madness, turning on everyone who dares to challenge his vision. The story ends in tragedy. At its core, The Mosquito Coast is a powerful commentary on original sin and the dangers of utopianism. I have been thinking about the … Continue reading One man’s paradise

another attempt: the windows are open

from where we stand, on this street, the windows are open windows of opportunity open daily to hearts that tally and not give up patiently perseveringly waiting for the break dawns always break at the first ray of light come alive a call so still and quiet yet you hear it high and wide many … Continue reading another attempt: the windows are open

where our lives meet: a poetic attempt in blue

there is a quiet space where our lives meet where we meet though not often there is always space where you rest your soul and I rest mine behind a pale blue glaze quiet does not mean tired often it's a triad you and me and space why blue? you ask a task? a mask? … Continue reading where our lives meet: a poetic attempt in blue

if the words won’t come to this river of waiting poems

If I sit by this river of waiting and you won't come while this whirlpool keeps churning my heart turning buttery white a catbird would whine like last summer's sigh on a lonesome winsome night "The shape of your heart" you murmured one day looking at our sky "fluffy white with tender blue stripes" seeping … Continue reading if the words won’t come to this river of waiting poems

afar and near in perspectives: two pictures

I chose these two pictures because of the rather interesting perspectives. USA is full of interesting scenes even though I took these pictures at random. The people too. They are apart and dynamic and yet blend into the static presentation as parts of an integral whole. I can imagine individual stories in each small segment … Continue reading afar and near in perspectives: two pictures

CB&W CHALLENGE POST: sitting next to a lover of books

Sierra Scenic Train & tracks -taken when I traveled in 2016 January using Amtrak. The scenery was spectacular. The company too. I sat with a very nice lady (in her sixties) who loved reading books and was on-route to take care of her mom (in her nineties) who had a fall. Quoted from online source: … Continue reading CB&W CHALLENGE POST: sitting next to a lover of books

various perspectives on flowers: a poem

Variations on a Theme -marriage. the wife loves flowers higher or lower she will climb or stoop just to do a loop not the hyperloop deco her proper coop do not touch my chicken coop you nincompoop wife screams with her scoop the wife just loves flowers same as I love mower my shinny new … Continue reading various perspectives on flowers: a poem

What is the only true reality when it comes to the value of every person? (1)

every investor knows that the value of anything is not the value we pay for at the moment we transact. it is another value we see in the unseen, a future value of the investment and this involves the crucial word "Growth". without seeing a potential for growth we will not bother to invest. every … Continue reading What is the only true reality when it comes to the value of every person? (1)

a reluctant winter transformation song

a reluctant Transformation song. mirror mirror on the wall fifty years have passed and i don't even know with wife always kneading sour dough i go slow better lie low gentle as a doe shoveling home this elusive summer snow see how she could throw the dough like a magical boomerang discus raw swinging back … Continue reading a reluctant winter transformation song

autumn story: an old love hat song

Just a Peek at autumn's end. never will I leave you, he said, not again faded eyes blurring with moist drops like rare autumn squinting sudden plops (not even when fall comes to stay and/or if our hair should fall?) no I will never leave you old, not again for gold, see, all tidal waves are … Continue reading autumn story: an old love hat song

autumn story: land’s end, lonesome cafe, something orange.

She says, No one passes here anymore; You know, less is more. Continuing chattering, her eyes not engaging, hands fluttering like butterfly trapped on fake glass map. You shouldn't be here, Peter. Her fingers deftly whittle away a wooden kettle. Too late now we are closing down, Peter. (She throws a bone across the table) … Continue reading autumn story: land’s end, lonesome cafe, something orange.

A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters 46: how to define love? (2017 Revised)

The spirit-mind man realizes he does not know many things about love and God. Love ties with pain. Here is a word that God uses to describe Himself. Love. What is love? Let us read about love again. This is what he attempted in this blog before: (with 2017 up to date mind man's deliberations … Continue reading A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters 46: how to define love? (2017 Revised)

alas, the waiting was too long: for all that jazz

Waiting at a period eating place which features songs from a past era. The light jazz music brings back the old time for those of a certain age. Interestingly the young millennial (a third generation of my extended family) who introduced me to this place is only in late twenties and happened to like the … Continue reading alas, the waiting was too long: for all that jazz

sometimes we cross a bridge and do not look back

I always find Bridges fascinating. Each one encompasses three main phases of life: beginning, ending and in-between. Some bridges we cross for a temporary purpose and we cross back after we have fulfilled that purpose. Some bridges we cross but never intend to return. Some we cross at predictable regular intervals like the crossing is … Continue reading sometimes we cross a bridge and do not look back

how fleeting is evanescence?

How short or fleeting is the time span of Evanescence ? Can anyone give a definition in exact measurement? I encountered this question when visiting an old abandoned/transformed mining town. How short is short? We just cannot tell. For the miners who used to live there during boom time, some might have thought the precious … Continue reading how fleeting is evanescence?

more words to reflect on: identity

i found this at random from the internet. i marvel at the use of words like identity, name, seed and step. The definition is coined for programmer and it reflects a meaning deeper than its intention! Quote:"Definition (Identity Columns in TSQL*) An identity column has a name, initial seed and step. When a row is … Continue reading more words to reflect on: identity

A love called graceful and not let go (two poems)

(I translated, re-written and re-named this love song. I call it Gracefully love) Even if I should come once to this planet in one dash one kairos moment in one billion years joining you so brief for all its sweet tears and all its grief Well, let all that must happen happen in a flash … Continue reading A love called graceful and not let go (two poems)

Travel review 2014-2016 (15 random points)

The sound mind man's rather personal three years' travel in review in fifteen random realms as follows: 1. weather experienced: extreme heat (over 40 degrees C to extreme cold (thick snow on the way) but blessed with moderate weather mostly. 2. ocean: Pacific from end to end. 3. work: two medium size books completed. 4. … Continue reading Travel review 2014-2016 (15 random points)

a resilient love letter after 8000 days and nights and is still counting

My Resilient love for you. I find it hard not to say I love you, and harder not to love you even in silence, with my heart saying I love you over 8000 days and nights. A thousand days seems a long time for some love. But my love for you, not even eight thousands … Continue reading a resilient love letter after 8000 days and nights and is still counting

a young girl’s anticipation of good

an Anticipation of good from a young idealist. This is the sound minder's wish too. For a new year of new beginning for many. Be transformed by the renewal of our mind. Bible verses on hope: Romans 5:4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Hebrews 6:18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for … Continue reading a young girl’s anticipation of good

another shore beyond

New Horizon Of course this horizon is familiar to many. It is at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I took this picture outside looking at the blue beyond. There were few visitors outside that day at that time. One friendly oriental couple with a young child were around taking photos like me. It was a sunny day. … Continue reading another shore beyond

Flowers are not in chaos

Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you. (1 Corinthians 14:26) The flowers are Not … Continue reading Flowers are not in chaos

view from a train on three stations

Shine on Davis, Sacramento, Colfax As I look at these pictures I took last January from a train, I realize how attractive the color yellow is when the sun shines on it. The buildings with the yellow plastered on them are basked under the sunshine and become beautiful. They are of three distinctly different architecture. The … Continue reading view from a train on three stations

free admission, a glimpse, inspiration

a Local museum opens today. This is a very small museum recording the life of one man in the local community of this little suburb town. Admission is free. Very few travelers come to this town. I happen to be around as a wedding guest. This is the first time I visit a museum that looks like … Continue reading free admission, a glimpse, inspiration

meeting the local in two perspectives

Local These pictures depict two cafes in US both serving Italian pizzas and sandwiches. I stumbled upon the quiet empty Italian cafe in a country/suburb while traveling solo. It was a pleasant morning after a walk and I was early for lunch, thereby having the advantage of being the only customer. After I ordered from a … Continue reading meeting the local in two perspectives

NO, they are not mine

a Nostalgia for vintage cars of another era. It is hard to describe how one feels about old cars. These are from the 1950s. A 1953 CHEVROLET Model: Corvette, made popular by John Wayne, and a 1954 Kaiser-Darrin. One thing that is striking about these two is the cream colored exaggerated bonnet. These were taken from the car museum … Continue reading NO, they are not mine

Don’t look back, she says, I am not there

a Nostalgia look. He likes to look at some old things, things of another era. Of course neither she nor he belongs to those ages. They are far too young to have any idea of what life was like in those times. But he has heard stories from parents and grandparents of the time they … Continue reading Don’t look back, she says, I am not there

a merry heart’s journey edge

Edge is a comparative advantage. It is also the outside limit of an object, area, or surface; a place or part farthest away from the center of something. I took this photo on a train climbing a mountain. The river looks as if it is at the edge of the track. I probably slanted my mobile phone camera … Continue reading a merry heart’s journey edge

framing the cameraman: a haiku

minding our business looping comes from flying tram motion froze in frame I took this shot at a train station. The two "photographers" appeared suddenly while we were waiting for the train to continue to the next stop. While they were setting up their gears on ground I took this photo. I never knew what … Continue reading framing the cameraman: a haiku

am i not rare? a sidewalk flower asks

Rare Yes, you are rare. In my eyes. Today, I walk pass this way without expecting to see you. I am just walking and not looking. I am busy because I am going somewhere. This pathway and roadside are just things I happen to walk by from one spot to another spot. My destination is … Continue reading am i not rare? a sidewalk flower asks

Perhaps this is the most beautiful car I ever photographed

Luxury Perhaps this is the most beautiful car I photographed when visiting the car museum, a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster. Price when new: $10,780. Price today? Your guess. Luxury can refer to possession of things like this fabulous car. I quote a passage written about the status marker of Gatsby (in the book The … Continue reading Perhaps this is the most beautiful car I ever photographed

Narrow? What narrow?

Narrow "Sometimes all you can do is go on. One foot in front of the other, wherever the narrow path might lead." I quoted this from somewhere about a spy's narrow/precarious life. In some parts of the world, the ordinary life is comparatively narrow as a routine: narrow food as depicted by the thin corns … Continue reading Narrow? What narrow?

define muse: a haiku

Muse Neither you nor I musing poets to define sky water divide I took this picture last January in Reno. The sun, the cloud, the water and the grass were in quite a spectacular harmonious formation. Narrow and yet broad in the limitation of my phone camera. Quite a poetic inspiring place. My hair turned … Continue reading define muse: a haiku

sometimes we only see half

Apology  Dearest love, this word is difficult to say, but I must say it, my apology to you after all these years. This morning as I wake and pick up my mobile I realize I have missed a call. Not that I care. It is not from you. When I look at this picture of … Continue reading sometimes we only see half

“Long Letter” (keeping a promise)

Cherry On Top Looking at old photos I found this one by chance stored in a Nikon digital memory card. The photo was taken in 2007 December. As you would have recognized it is Mount Fuji in the morning. It was a clear morning and we had some good pictures on that day together. Traveling … Continue reading “Long Letter” (keeping a promise)