The words are back!

High summer, it’s time to chirp again. Yes, I’ve been silent. Blame it on the new thriller (which is proving difficult), or the fact I’ve to take care of the house now after leaving it to an excellent helper for nearly 18 years, or too much time on airplanes and cruise-ships, or just a lack … Continue reading

Tonight I’m a swinging 56

I have a confession: this evening I went swinging. I’ve no excuses and I’m not sorry.. They’d put in a new swing set in the park, one big enough for a small adult to use. It’s probably not allowed. And no sane adult would try it during the day, when all the kids are about. … Continue reading

Trade the high-flying life for this …

We’re just back from remote Lugu Lake, Yunnan China where a friend traded in her high-flying high-stress corporate lawyer’s life for this:   – the view from her front window – a handcrafted tribal living room – and time and more time to look back at her choices and write all about it. It was a … Continue reading

3.5 lost days and 12 surprising discoveries

The best made holiday plans can be upset. Weather, short-staffed inn-keepers and unforeseen road closures can conspire to turn an itinerary upside down. Often the disappointment poisons the whole vacation. But, it only takes a pause to change our perceptions and save the day. In Queensland, we ran into road closures along the Gold Coast. Our hotel in Cairns … Continue reading

Why pray for the dying?

The park two doors away is my go to place to unwind. It’s where I commune with nature and with spirit. These past two years, I’ve circled the park often with my rosary beads praying for Wai and Ish and Kwan. Have I prayed in vain? Wai’s funeral was yesterday, Ish’s more than a year … Continue reading

ODDZNNS is now SOMETIMES WORDS HELP

It’s February already and I haven’t thanked you all enough for your support of Oddznns –  for dropping by and commenting, for your ‘likes’ and your ‘rants’. Your involvement helped me to grow in my writer’s journey and to discover that words do help. Writing has allowed me to reach out to you with my thoughts and musings. I’ve … Continue reading

THE GALLUP POLLS – SHOULD SINGAPOREANS EVEN CARE?

THE GALLUP POLLS – SHOULD WE IN SINGAPORE CARE? According to Gallup Singapore ranks as the least emotional country in the world and also the least positive Is this heartbreaking? Should we be concerned? First, lets see what the poll questions are  – Gallop measures daily emotions of a sample of about 1,000 persons in each country. … Continue reading

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T TALK FOR SEVEN DAYS?

SILENCE! Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com Dani Batz’s photostream I’ve just returned from my 3rd retreat. When I first started going, people kept asking me “Why?”The question was usually accompanied by a concerned expression or a caring touch. “What was happening with my life?” “What was getting too much for me to bear that I needed to check out? To … Continue reading

A Singapore Thanksgiving – The Monday before

It’s a boat person’s festival that’s why… When we lived in the US, it was a public holiday, an opportunity for far flung too busy friends and relatives to get together. With memories of the war and of hunger still stalking them, my husband’s people commemorated this American migrant feast with the solemnity of ancestral anniversary days. … Continue reading

Goodbye Moon:

Well, the mid-Autumn festivities have come and gone.  The moon’s shrinking ing again.As it goes away, I’d like to share this lovely poem by Sarah Monagle –  a  mom, writer, counselor, photographer, traveler and brain tumor survivor  – who blogs at http://www.sarahmonagle.wordpress.com. I’ve been inspired by her poetry sharing of her ups and downs. She’s got a great … Continue reading