Category Archives: Writing 101

Neighbor’s Kitchen and Head Lice

When I was 12, we lived on the 2nd floor of an apartment building, in a metro city of China. On that floor, there were two units, 1 one bedroom and 1 two bedrooms. We had the two bedrooms for … Continue reading

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Lick My Rice Bowl Clean

My favorite meal is my mom’s one dish meal, pot-roasted pork chop with eggs, over rice. The pork chops are marinated overnight in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and pinch of sugar. Hot boiled eggs are browned in oil.   After pork … Continue reading

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Lean on Me

A man and a woman are walking through the park, holding hands. The women’s belly has baby bump showing. She leans on him as she walks. Another month, they will be pushing a stroller in the shade, walking as three. … Continue reading

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From Waist Up or Waist Down?

She cannot hide her happiness and is on and one about her pregnancy and newborn coming in few weeks. I listen numbingly through it. My face calm and emotionless but my heart and brain takes the center stage. “I cannot … Continue reading

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A Child I’ll never know

He tiptoes into my room, gently cuddles me with his weightless arms, runs his tiny fingers through my wet face, voice soft and dreamy, “Mommy. No more crying. I am here.” I wake up with tearing eyes, heart aching, and … Continue reading

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One for One

“Are you ready?” The Mighty God looked down at a frail old man with labored breathing. “Is that true that you will take one life and bring one back?” The old man asked in his shaking voice. “Yes. One for … Continue reading

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Life After Loss (part I)

(An Open Letter to My Husband) I hope you understand why you are important to me.  I do not like to bug you if I do not have to.  We have lost so much last year.  We cannot LOSS each … Continue reading

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Say Something

Tears streaming down from my cheeks while I was driving, listening to “Say Something” on the radio. My son, Say something, I am giving up. I know, You will never come back. Because, You have not left. In my heart, … Continue reading

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Crawl toward Exit

If there is a room, called HOPE, either with or without a view, I will be there.  And I will stay there. Do you know such a place? I found it, once or twice in my life.  It was a … Continue reading

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Not Alone

Going to the Bereavement Supporting Group sponsored by the local hospital has been a safe heaven for me, especially having a special someone, the bereavement coordinator, Alley, there. She has seen me from the very first day; the day death … Continue reading

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