NOVEMBER 28, 2013 1:45PM

Unexpected Gifts


Mark asked if it was necessary to do all this research. "How much have you done?"


Pregnant pause. 


Two weeks ago, maybe it was three, maybe four, I told Mark I would give this one more week and then return to the writing. But I got sick,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 6:56PM



He held up a hand written sign offering himself for any kind of work. He was swarthy, fit, mature, his skin darkly sun worn. He stood on a narrow strip of grass edging a section of the strip mall's car park, positioned to catch the attention of passing drivers. As… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2013 12:58AM

A Prayer For Sirenita Lake


As you come undone in the stitches of time

 And opening seams change the shape of the world

May your life's habits continue to guide you

With the release of generous giving 

With the open and courageous heart of loving

With the adventurer's spirit toward the… Read full post »
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JUNE 11, 2013 12:40AM

Daddy, I love You.

 My father died last august. My last words to him were loving words of reassurance, spoken into a phone that he could hear across almost 10,000 miles because his carer was holding up the receiver to his ear for him. He could not speak. A silent tear registered recognition. 

 Then… Read full post »

OS Reader's Picks Award

Tuscun Clouds
Timeless Tuscan Clouds- Arezzo, Itay
One of my happiest early memories is of lying on the Irish green grass of my aunt's garden in Dublin and sky gazing with my sister. We'd dream upwards into all that… Read full post »

It had taken a year and a half to assemble my husband’s Christmas present to me, a two-person swing just long enough for me to lie in curled. The swing had an adjustable canopy that could be angled back to invite more of the sky in. On the… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2012 12:21AM


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I submerge into the hot bath of healing epsom salts that make my pores open in a welcome Ahhhh... a momentary silence of exquisite surrender.

Feelings seize the opportunity of the gap. And I am crying, crying, crying. There are no tears. It… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2012 8:13PM

MeMe Maria, Cha Cha Cha!

Yesterday Sally Swift marked her birthday by sharing ten things about herself in a meme and inviting the rest of us on OS to do the same. Easy to understand why Sally is infinitely likeable; she gives others a gift on HER birthday; an invitation to look into her world and… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2012 11:45PM


OS Reader's Picks Award

This is the sound of the voice I did not have back then, at the height of my suffering. Either because I literally had no voice (disabled by a tracheostomy), or because I had no power to speak up for myself in the vulnerability of my situation. This is… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2011 10:28PM

My Good Earth

Stepped out of the house, out of its cool shadow and into the bright sunshine. Up the two concrete steps to carry out the errand I have since forgotten about, remembering the sunshine warm on my skin, bright in my eyes, making the just past ripeness of early autumn lushness move… Read full post »

JULY 14, 2011 9:26PM

Life Suds!

The bar of soap slipped out of my wet hand, the 3 glasses of wine I had just consumed compounding my poor grasp with compromised focus. “Damn” I thought with exhaustion, “now I have the work of summoning all my concentration for the challenging task of picking it up”. At least… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2011 1:04AM

I am a Mistress

I don't know when the words will come. I am like a mistress at the mercy of their whim. They want the best cuts of the meat of my time, relegating all else to the left overs of my energy. And when they don't show up I wait. I'm spending a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2011 9:29PM

Emerald Dream

Emerald Hill was exactly how it was in the youth of my tropical Singapore childhood, before it got swanked up for the rich and prices raised way beyond what an average Singaporean could ever earn in several lifetimes. It looked as it did when the residents were average people, ambling along… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2011 11:27PM

I Love OS, and The Joy of Turning 47

It's been more then 6 months since my last post, much more time away from OS now then I have had with it. As a writer that is, but not as a delighted, entertained, sympathetic and admiring reader of the huge degree of talent and honesty that is represented here. It… Read full post »

JULY 26, 2010 7:51PM

Cinquain Open Call: Longing



To a leaf's tip,

The heavy drop of dew

Cannot resist gravity's pull

To fate.


copyright 2010 Maria Heng Read full post »

JULY 16, 2010 5:45PM


copyright 2010 Maria Heng


Two hearts sparking life into secret being,
held close in the softness of love.
Bathed in the gifting of joy, 
A pure light that form could not hold,
ascending straight into the heavens.

And a mother weeps for the love
that can only be/… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2010 3:48PM


Those who do not learn from their own histories

are doomed to repeat them

in increasingly murky depths of delusion

and call this 

the air

of the breath of life

exclaiming "inhale"

for company and solace in what they will not see.


Fred Hallman, thank you for PMing… Read full post »

Today the Arlington Fire District celebrates its 20th year of Advanced Life Support services. Firemen are crossed trained as paramedics and ambulances are specially equipped to allow for a greater range of time critical and life saving medical procedures. The firemen in Arlington District, Poughkeeps… Read full post »

This is my 'feeling photograph' - my greedy to hold on to all the details that I felt most through a wonderful experience shared by lovely people. And so it's self-indulgently long.  A legend has been included for bullseyeing to spare busy readers from the whole thing.

Description of people… Read full post »

What I learned from my first writers retreat:

The second I realized I'd accidentally published this unfinished and unpermissioned piece, I deleted it. Which was the second right before realizing there were 4 comments. I apologise. Would love to know who'd commented and what was said and hope it was… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2010 12:55AM

Moon Nights Pine Trees

It had taken a year and a half to assemble my husband’s Christmas present to me, a two-person swing just long enough for me to lie in curled. The swing had an adjustable canopy that could be angled back to invite more of the sky in. On the prettiest of

Read full post »
MAY 11, 2010 7:14PM

Dream: Unready

The dreaded moment was coming. I had planned for this. All I had to do was get to the underground bunker that would keep me safe. Even though I'd never entered it I knew how to get there, knew the door that opened to the descent toward its safety. I just… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2010 8:20PM

Naked, I Thank You.

Yesterday was unreal. My first post, the one I wrote to carry a gift that I was too shy to share, made Editors pick. Thank you Greg, for persuading me to venture forth. Thank you, Deborah, for the response you gave that made me persuadable. Even more unreal were the applauding,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 1, 2010 6:12AM


We arrive at a large resort. It is casually elegant with relaxed rustic touches, spacious. The atmosphere is dry and cool. I am un-partnered but in the comfortable company of my spiritual journey fellow Mark P, and so I assume Jodi is with us as well. The day is sunny and… Read full post »