Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pobby and Dingan




"The secret of an opal's color lies not in its substance but in its absences." 
Australian Geographic, 1998


Pobby and Dingan is a story of two invisible friends and a piece of precious stone by Ben Rice. At first glance, I found the book a bit boring. And then something made me keep reading it. When I finished the book, I didn't want the story to end so I went back and read the whole thing all over again.


I've never owned a precious stone, but I played with the idea that the piece of plastic on the thrifted macramé belt was actually brown opal. I thought about how talented Ben Rice must be to write such a story, his very first work that not only won a couple of awards but was also made into a movie.


Later, I made a small inventory of some of my invisible friends: those I haven't heard from for a long time and some friendly folks I've never even met. It made me realize that Pobby and Dingan is one of the most heartwarming stories I've ever read. 


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy Belated Halloween!



The ghost flew out of the closet through the open door wearing the blue bed sheet I ironed yesterday.
 

 "Where do you think you are flying?" I asked.

She just stared at me and said nothing. With shaking hands, I got the camera and took a picture of her. She was gone the next minute. The only sign she left behind was the crumpled sheet lying on the floor.