I write because I have a hard time expressing emotions in person.
My stories are mainly rooted in family and in memory of those I have lost. But, I’ll admit - crime, horror, and mystery do give me the occasional thrill.
The 5 Love Languages for the Proudly Single
Let's talk about love. Or, more specifically, let's talk about love language - that is, the way we express and experience love. There are five, according to author and radio talk-show host, Dr. Gary Chapman, whose series, The 5 Love Languages, has racked up quite a fan base. The best selling book in the series, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, has sold around 13 million copies! Now, I read this book at a time when I was in a relationship and found it to be illuminating. I have also read this book when I was out of that relationship and found it to be drudgery, because, after weeks of reflection, I realized it wasn't a lack of understanding each other's love language that led to the break. To be candid, I do believe one can find value in this book - if not in its lessons, then at least in entertainment. (Seriously, the series not only has dozens of other related reading materials but also a dedicated website, complete with personality quizzes - see for yourself, here!) But, that little voice in my head kept coming back to the same question - what if you are, as they say, as single as a dollar and not looking for any change?
The last of the October winds were weaving their way through the sugar maples that lined Malone Drive. The trees that had once dawned brilliant autumn hues were gradually becoming bare and clusters of tangerine leaves lay strewn across the yards. The neighborhood was eerily silent despite the approaching festivities.
Memories of a Passerby
In the southern part of Kolkata, India, a mere jaunt from the congestion and pollution of the city life, stands a red and white brick house, embedded in the heart of a mixed-class neighborhood. The sloping, tiled roof, with a stray rain gutter or two, directs the heavy downpours of the monsoon season to the surrounding land. And, the varied vegetation - trees of mango, guava, eucalyptus, and palm - find it an auspicious place to take root. Some magpies bathe in the sweltering sunlight on the rooftop, chirping sweetly, and surprisingly maintaining their balance over the rough edges. Some clothes are drying on the 2nd floor balcony railing, as a mild breeze sends ripples through them. The towering trees around the house cast long shadows on the side walls in an effort to keep them cool.