Vinaigrettes
Like any reputable Goddess, Mar Sulaika muses about her observations of the world at large.

A Goddess, however, doesn't use the simple word vignette to describe a brief, evocative account or episode. No, of course not.

A 'Vinaigrette', however, is not only a dressing of oil and vinegar but, historically, a small, ornamental bottle for holding smelling salts...and...you may just need them....

The Gucci Purse

And there it was. A black patent leather Kelly bag. A single silver clasp gleamed right into my eyes as I spotted it on the shelf. I swear I could see my reflection ten feet away in that super polished cow hide. Simple. Elegant. And, mine….?

Brother and Sister

January 13, 2021 A favorite memory at 65 is my father and his older sister who were in their sixties when I remember them together most. They really loved each other, being with the other. I can’t say/won’t say Auntie Wan was like my dad’s second…

30 Years After The Fact

Love stories thirty years later - inspire other love stories. Here’s to the everlasting of both.

My Guest: Susan Baxter “Masquerade”

“Chicken Little and Henny Penny were off on a quest: to terrify everyone and tell them the sky was falling. Close to a year later it would seem they succeeded and everyone is indeed scared witless. As the world moves in slow motion Christmas appears…

Trudy Does Skype

December 9, 2020 I’ve come to love my mother more and deeper since this second lockdown with Covid-19 over the last eight months. Yes, absence makes the heart grow fonder – but/ and – out of sight, out of mind, no? We haven’t had the…

The Bullwinkle Decoder Ring… Just Doesn’t Work Without Them

November 25, 2020 Is it possible that I am making this up? You know that l960s thing we used to say, not knowing we were apparently quoting, Zhaungzia from the 4th century BCE: “…Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly… now I do not know whether…

Men: They Have To Have Two

June is with it, spunky, on top of life, acerbic, intelligent and a no-nonsense kind of gal. She’s also survived cancer in her 60s, lost her husband six months ago and has one arm. She jokes about being ‘the one armed bandit’ after a discussion on…

90 Is The New 45… He Thinks

I once had a boyfriend named Fred. Well, he wasn’t a true boyfriend, but he may have thought so. Or imagined it, or wanted it, or…

Just Like That

October 31, 2020 Come on chick – a boom says Linda, checking her reflection in the bathroom mirror where Hope does her mascara. Saturday night for the twenty-eight year olds; l988. I don’t know if I really want to go out to the American again.…

Fly Fishing: A Dream

“Fly fish tackle box”, he said, mesmerized by the same glittering light dance I was. I just looked at them -in their little cribs, one in one at a time. An array of dancing strings of color. For fishing?
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