One Liner- When things are bleak!

One Liner

There is a general air of depression around us, in my beloved country where the rights of people are being usurped by those in power. We are feeling like caged birds, our wings clipped and our imagination trapped. This is to remind me and everyone to stay strong.

In response to Linda’s One Liner Wednesday



Finding magic

in pursuit of magic, spray-painted on a pink wall

photo by Karly Santiago


In pursuit of happiness and magic, we wander here and there, lost to what is really around us.

What is around us is ignored because we think magic and happiness will arrive, announced with loud fanfare, drums, and confetti.

Magic of happiness slowly creeps into our hearts when we leave it open to receiving blessings when we are grateful and mindful of our good fortune.


In response to Three Line Tales, hosted by Sonya



Salt and Pepper- Quadrille


What’s life without spice

Salt and pepper make the flavor

With time you tone down the heat

A bit less spiciness makes the tummy easy

And when you feel, it’s time to let age show

You don’t mind supporting the salt’n’ peppa look too!


Word count; 44

In response to dVerse Monday Quadrille- Pepper, hosted by Punam this week.



Learning by doing – Blogging and writing

” Learn to write by doing it. Read widely and wisely. Increase your word power. Find your individual voice through practising constantly. Go through the world with your eyes and ears open and learn to express that experience in words.”

P. D. James.


The best way of learning how to do something is by doing it. Writing and reading are the best way to improve your writing skills.

When I started writing for my blog, I had very limited writing experience, having never written regularly except for what I needed to do for my academics. The more I wrote, the easier it became for me. The fact that I’m an avid reader helped me because I had words at my disposal.

In blogging, one needs new ideas for blog posts and life around us is a rich source of new ideas. For my Sunday poser, I harvest ideas from what’s going around me in real life and also from reading blogs of my friends. So keeping our eyes open and observing pays dividends when it comes to getting ideas of what to write about. In fact, most writers would agree that all the seeds of fiction are born out of real life situations and experiences.

I agree with this very wise quote; It’s all that we need to hone our skills as a writer- read, write, and observe the life around us! What are your thoughts about this quote?

In response to: Blogging Insights-3.0 # 11, hosted by Tanya



Honorable- What we strive for?

Logo by Donna @ Retirement Reflections

WQ #21: May 24: HONORABLE

This quote reflects my feelings 100%. I too think that being honorable, kind, and helpful are the goals that we should strive for in life. Living to be the person that others admire and look up to would make not only our lives fulfilling but also make us a person who inspires others.

The road to success is paved with hard work, long hours, honorable intentions, and a humble heart. When you lose your humility, life becomes a steady decline from dreams to nightmares.

Carlos Wallace

Standing up for what’s right

Giving up your time to do the honorable thing

Working hard to achieve humility and kindness

These are the goals worth pursuing in life

Not everyone thinks like we do

No everyone has the same values as we do

We often feel let down, disappointed

When those we trust, betray our trust

Guard against this feeling of betrayal

Cultivate your own values deep within


In response to; WQ #21: Being Honorable –, hosted by Marsha



Sunday Poser # 134 – Blog stats

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

How often you check your blog stats?

First off, my thanks to bloggers like Paula and Jim who gave me the idea for this week’s question.

I check my stats quite infrequently because now it doesn’t make much difference to me if people are viewing/ visiting my blog that much or not.

It’s been more than 4.5 years since I’ve been blogging, and I’ve written and shared around 7000 posts. I can’t check ( don’t know how) that which posts got the least or most likes or views. But as long as my readers are interacting with me on my blog via comments, I am happy that someone other than me is enjoying my writing too.

Do you check your blog stats often? And does it make a difference to you, if people are visiting your blog more or less?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



Sinking in the sink

A stack of dirty plates sank in the soapy water in the kitchen sink. I sank my hands reluctantly into the warm water for it was high time that someone cleaned up this mess.

Mom, leave them and I’ll do it later” said my daughter, but I was now committed to this task, my arms elbow-deep in the water. She came and stood by me as I soaped the dishes and she rinsed them simultaneously. The task was done in a few minutes and we both put the kettle on to treat ourselves to cups of hot tea. She opted for flavored fruity tea and I made decaf tea for myself.

Time and again I’ve realized that when you want something done, stop thinking about doing it and just start doing it. The job gets done in far less time than we spend thinking about tackling it.

And if someone steps in to help, it’s over before you even know it!



Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “sink/sank/sunk.”Use one, use two, or use ’em all and get bonus points. Enjoy!

In response to Linda’s SoCS



W3 # 56- Relaxing with blogging


Suzette’s prompt guidelines

  • Write: A) a haiku, OR: B) a tanka on the theme of “a favorite way to relax / unwind”


What else but blogging

It’s the best way to relax

Writing and reading

Posting stories and poems

Building a community


I’ve written a Tanka for the first time ever. Hope it’s alright.

In response to W3 # 56, prompt provided by Suzette, hosted by David