Tuesday, December 22, 2015

ABc Wednesday, X is for Xie Xiaodong, and Short stroy slam week 35: love

X for Xie xiaodong


Christmas fare...

there is no job well done
unless you add fun
and humor to Dan

there is no gem in your home
unless you work hard without expecting
anything big to your personal favor

there is no free cash
and no free fame
yet you can search for a fiction love for a change

there is no red love
or green eggs and brown ham
but we all eat oranges, and drink diet pepsi

xiaodong xie, the sweet girl from kunming,
huiju zhou, a singing angel from chengdu,
xuezhi zhang, a promising and achieving diamond from xihu.

 short story slam week 35, Dece 17 to Janu 10, 2016


Tomsen's Music Inspirations during 2007-2015

music cures
music speaks of positive energy
and music rules

during years of string music playing
small child grows
and doubtful mind confirms beauty

we honor a few dozen musicians or music fans
so that orchestra, band, jazz concert continues
and yo yo ma still shines despite asian

let's read their names
and smile
to the audience of strong music lovers:

lang lang
yo yo ma
sarach chang
amelia wilson
sean yen
alan yen
diane chen
sandy wright
sophie chang
christina li
david lee
tom lee wu
sheng wu
mike steined
angela brocker
axel theimer
allen chen
tina wu
wavely wang
chris wang
robert ponto
richard prior
amanda drinkwater
michael raiber
nathan greenwood
jason edward grife
bob cooper
matt mailman
dene moon
dennis mcclurg
scott jackson
christy fine
dan larson
john clinton
eric garcia
gayla foster
lisa storm
meredith blecha wells
karina fisher
glecia enrich
peter markes
sarah xonstantin
sarah neely
dawn thrailkill
gena alexander
jerry messick
josh gorton
rachel evans
mary monaghan
lawrence dongilli
scott davis
robert mills
shane jewell
penny askew
yui sato
gregory crane
joel levine

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

short story slam week 34, and ABC Wednesday on V....

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Short Story Slam Week 34 on Holiday Sentiments

virus and verses
always the good and bad choices
by our figure tips

autumn wind blows
invisible and fulfilling to human being
nashville town hall glows

vanderbilt university
featuring valden nurns hargis and ann hargis
by milky way 

magpie bridge carries
a hump over camel sky way, a tianxian pei
from Heaven and Earth

along Fuzzy, Murphy, and Duck street,
James Hilligan and Jordan Thomas swing their baseball bats
Dupree, Passport, Caribou, and CVS pharmacy agree

three word Wednesday,
ABC Wednesday on V, what opposite of
Obituary, and a placid of resonant spray 
Votes, voters gather,
many hearts touched by words of Barack Obama
a crow pees on my car window

Carpe Diem #876 the journey continues: early summer rains; fleas and lice (a short episode)

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3WW Week No. 457: obituary, placid, resonant

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Black & White Wednesday ~ Down Town 

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V stands for Vanderbilt university

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Do you know the Lego land cargo? Happy Thanksgiving!

short story slam week 33, Nov. 12 to December 6, 2015

the flag with my finger prints flaps,
empty road sits beside two women who draw shadow of birds,
lynn wears a J Crew shirt, blue tie,
the mood is a bulge in a sensitive mushroom,
Ben screams, voice heavy like an elephant's footsteps,
hand writing are made on white washed walls,
a panda bear stuffed with soft cotton lays near,
the heater sizzles with deep breath,
echoing objection to one's one way street drive
hit the lawn, yellow leave sways down,
the day is cold with Tamflu somewhere,
fear is close, the chimney is high and
burns with dried log woods inside the house

not knowing tomorrow,
not predicting future,
never giving up hope,
words of wpider web climb on my finger tips,
i remain calm, 
planning a sweet ride on Disney Legoland.

3WW Week No. 453

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Old Glory
Six Word Saturday

Alice Fulton Chooses The Orthdox Waltz


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quiet Sea, ABC, Sunday Whirligig, Merry Mood, Short Story Slam Week 32, Unexpted Season

  short story slam week 32: how about stories or experiences unexpected?

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Whirligig 31
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I trace your glass,
Salted mountain views,
Hours wrinkled difficult, 
it is beyond my patience…
I try to turn minutes into seconds,
noticing those jars of dried plums,
Botan white plain rice bags,
restless mind,
and pages trustingly flipped
to mine the mutter
of the wisdom…
  One's fists pound
  for incoming anger
under current of blue ocean waves,
 Calmness quiets the water
wild reindeer trespasses Western road
near Ped-Xing sign,
  If you let me choose between
calamity and fortune,
I will not decide the fate of anything
The slanted child
 wears silky forehead 
 a flock of geese announces Victory,
Troublesome embrace
the harmony of ragged
November travelings,
and days doze off  through Swallows
                                    accidental clowns will juggle
first snowstorm in December
Merry mood may fall in unknown zone…


Q is for quiet

Thursday, October 15, 2015

the problem behind the haunted house

Short Story Slam Prompt 31: 17 days to A Spooky and Sheepish Halloween Night

this is a fictional post and sharing with bluebell books twitter club:

for a very long time, people disagree that ghosts exist,
but small kids could not help wondering dark space,
empty homes, and unsettled woods...
Americans become naughty  due to their playful holidays,
Halloween is born when some folks think that one indeed
shall support fictional characters, cold weather, and negative
inputs, and disagreeable comments.

Charles, brad, josh, and henry appear absolutely cool
when they wear white cloth and have their eyes dark and round,
they roam the street along new york broadway, and refuse to 
agree that one shall decide for all, they enjoy their freedom of character,
fashion style, and food preference, and at the end of the October 31,
they fall asleep behind Carnegie Hall and their body shake
with very bitter sweet sugar in their stomachs.


Monday, October 5, 2015

david and molly boren and milwaukee

david and molly boren,
frank and judy hwang,
oklahoma academic and math angels,
a firm figure for all knowledge base collectors.

milwaukee, nomie, pick and save,
kenosha, evanston, morton grove,
nightingales sing for julio and alicia,
good luck to amelia, jill moreno, and venetian coo

Princeton review,
Abbey and Sampton carpool,
chicago bulls soar,
mimi, oahu, honolulu, ames, madison, uco, ucla, or ocu rule

october 5th,
autumn orange mix,
susan constantin, peter constantin, sarah constantin work all the way
from iowa, to florida, and to california...

illinois onions,
pat quinn speaks,
jerry brown looks,
chris christie runs for 2016 president

the rockwell sits still,
the jerry yang assures yahoo bell,
jack ma grins from barron paper,
new york times is decent about immigrants matter.

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Monday, September 28, 2015



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
T-Mobile International AG
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1990; 25 years ago
Headquarters Bonn, Germany
Area served
Europe, United States, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands
Products Wireless PDAs, Cellular Telephones, Tablets
Services Mobile communications, DSL
Number of employees
Parent Deutsche Telekom
Subsidiaries EE Limited (50% stake with Orange S.A.)
T-Mobile US
Website www.telekom.com/home
T-Mobile International AG is a German holding company for Deutsche Telekom AG's various mobile communications subsidiaries outside Germany. Based in Bonn, Germany, its subsidiaries operates GSM, UMTS and LTE-based cellular networks in Europe, the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company has financial stakes in mobile operators in both Central and Eastern Europe.
The T-Mobile brand is present in 12 European countries – Austria, Croatia (as Hrvatski telekom), Czech Republic, Germany (as Telekom), Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Globally, T-Mobile International subsidiaries have a combined total of approximately 230 million subscribers. T-Mobile International is the world's fifteenth-largest mobile-phone service provider by subscribers and the fourth-largest multinational after the UK's Vodafone, India's Airtel, and Spain's Telefónica.[1]


Germany's first mobile-communications services were radiotelephone systems that were owned and operated by the state postal monopoly, Deutsche Bundespost. It launched the analog first-generation C-Netz ("C Network", marketed as C-Tel), Germany's first true mobile phone network in 1985.
On July 1, 1989, West Germany reorganized Deutsche Bundespost and consolidated telecommunications into a new unit, Deutsche Bundespost Telekom. On July 1, 1992, it began to operate Germany's first GSM network, along with the C-Netz, as its DeTeMobil subsidiary. The GSM 900 MHz frequency band was referred to as the "D-Netz", and Telekom named its service D1; the private consortium awarded the second license (now Vodafone Germany) chose the name D2.
Deutsche Bundespost Telekom was renamed Deutsche Telekom in 1995, and began to be privatized in 1996. That same year, DT began to brand its subsidiaries with the T- prefix, renaming the DeTeMobil subsidiary T-Mobil.
In 2002, as DT consolidated its international operations, it anglicized the T-Mobil name to T-Mobile.
On April 1, 2010, the T-Home and T-Mobile German operations merged to form a new wholly owned DT subsidiary, Telekom Deutschland GmbH. The T-Mobile brand was discontinued in Germany and replaced with the Telekom brand. The T-Mobile brand is still used in markets outside Germany. Non-German mobile-network assets are organized into various country-specific subsidiaries under the T-Mobile International AG subsidiary of DT.
In 2010, T-Mobile UK became part of a joint venture with France Télécom's UK mobile-network provider, Orange (UK). Combined, the two companies make the UK's largest mobile-network operator, called EE. Despite the joint venture, the T-Mobile and Orange brands continue to co-exist in the UK market.
In July 2014, Telekom group had bought the Romanian companies Romtelecom and Cosmote, acquiring almost 40 percent of the country's shares.[2]

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Taipa, Macau


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the town in New Zealand, see Taipa-Mangonui. For the Nakh word тайпа, meaning “clan”, see Teip.
Nossa Senhora do Carmo (Taipa)
Our Lady of Carmel
Macau International Airport
Macau International Airport
Freguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo in Macau
Freguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo in Macau
Country Macau
Region Municipality of das Ilhas
 • Total 7.6 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 92,200
 • Density 12,000/km2 (31,000/sq mi)
Time zone Macau Standard (UTC+8)
Taipa Island
Chinese name
Chinese 氹仔島

Cantonese Jyutping Tam5 Zai2 Dou2
Portuguese name
Portuguese Ilha da Taipa
Freguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 嘉模堂區
Simplified Chinese 嘉模堂区

Cantonese Jyutping Gaa1 Mou4 Tong4 Koe1
Portuguese name
Portuguese Freguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Ponte de Amizade (Friendship Bridge) from the Macau Peninsula (left) to the Taipa Island (right), Macau
Taipa is an island in the Chinese special administrative region of Macau. It is represented by Freguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, which is named for Our Lady of Carmel Church on the island.



Taipa is 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) from Macau Peninsula and east of the Lesser Hengqin Island of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. Macau International Airport, University of Macau, Macau Jockey Club and Macau Stadium are situated in Taipa.
Most Chinese settlement of Taipa occurred during the Southern Song Dynasty, while the Portuguese occupied the island in 1851. Prior to land reclamation, Taipa consisted of two islands: Greater Taipa and Lesser Taipa.
The 159.1 metres (522 ft) Big Taipa Hill (大氹山) is to the east, and Small Taipa Hill (小氹山) to the west. Central Taipa is a plain as a result of siltation and land reclamation. Initially Taipa was connected to Coloane Island only by the Estrada do Istmo (路氹連貫公路); but the area called Cotai, built on reclaimed land from 2004 and which is home to mega-resorts, casinos, and convention and exhibition centers, has now connected the two islands into one piece of land. Taipa is connected to peninsular Macau by Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge, Friendship Bridge and the Sai Van Bridge.
Taipa is predominantly a growing residential area with many new apartment complexes, mostly up-scale, under construction as of 2006. As a new town of Macau, Taipa has better city planning than Macau Peninsula; however, many people choose to live in Macau Peninsula since most of the famous schools are located there (apart from the newer International School of Macao, which is the premier international school in Macau).

The names of Taipa

In Cantonese, Taipa has been known by many names over time, including 龍環 (Lung Waan, meaning "Dragon Ring"), 雞頸 (Gai Geng, "Chicken's neck"), 潭仔 (Tam Tsai, "Pool"), and 龍頭環 (Lung Tau Waan, "Dragon's-Head Ring").
The Portuguese and English name "Taipa" comes from the Chinese pronunciation of 氹仔 in Min Nan /tiap-á/ (similar to "tiamp-a") then became "Taipa"[citation needed]. The putonghua pinyin for 氹仔 is dàngzǎi, and this is how the island is referred to in Mandarin. Both the character 氹 and the alternative form 凼 mean cesspit, but are obsolete in modern Chinese, and only used in relation to Taipa and the Macau-Taipa Bridge (澳氹大桥 àodàng dàqiáo). The character , or , is often missing from mobile phone and computer input systems.
Another version according to legend, comes from an exchange between early Portuguese settlers on Taipa and local Chinese settlers. The Portuguese asked the Chinese the name (nome in Portuguese) of the place. The Chinese settlers were local grocery shopkeepers and spoke no Portuguese, but took the Portuguese nome for the Chinese 糯米, "sticky rice", which is pronounced similar to nome in Cantonese. Thinking the Portuguese settlers were asking if they sold sticky rice, the Chinese responded with "大把," pronounced "daai ba" in Cantonese, meaning "a lot." The Portuguese, hearing the response, took this to be the name of the place. There is, however, no historical evidence to support this story. "Taipa" is also what the Portuguese call the clay-mud, rammed into moulds, used to build mud houses in Portugal in times gone by, in recent times referred to as Rammed Earth.
It is also worth noting that, as the great majority of the population in Taipa and Macau is Chinese, however there is a growing community of expatriates living in Taipa who work at the Casinos on the Cotai Strip. Most people refer to this island by its Cantonese name, "Tamzai", and most taxi drivers and bus drivers will not understand if asked how to go to "Taipa."


Night view of the Old bridge
Ponte de Amizade and the HK-Macau Ferry Terminal
  • Pou Tai Un Temple (菩提園 or 菩提襌院): named after bodhi tree
  • Small Kun Yam Temple (觀音岩)
  • Tin Hau Temple (天后宮)
  • Sam Po Temple (三婆廟): dedicated to the elder sister of Tin Hau
  • Pak Tai Temple (北帝廟): dedicated to the Taoist God of the North
  • Four-faced Buddha (四面佛): purchased from Thailand in 1985
  • Church of Our Lady of Carmel (嘉模聖母教堂): Catholic, Taipa belongs to the Freguesia de Nossa Senhora do Carmo (聖嘉模堂區).

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Cityscape of Providence, Rhode Island


Perspective of Westminster Street
Downtown Providence at Burnside Park
The Downtown Providence skyline, viewed from College Hill on the city's East Side
The city of Providence is geographically very compact, characteristic of eastern seaboard cities that developed prior to use of the automobile. It is among the most densely populated cities in the country. For this reason, Providence has the eighth-highest percentage of pedestrian commuters.[24][25] The street layout is irregular—over one thousand streets (a great number for the city's size) run haphazardly, connecting and radiating from traditionally bustling places like Market Square.[26]
Downtown Providence has numerous 19th-century mercantile buildings in the Federal and Victorian architectural styles, as well as several post-modern and modernist buildings, located throughout the area. In particular, a fairly clear spatial separation appears between the areas of pre-1980s development and post-1980s development. West Exchange Street and Exchange Terrace serve as rough boundaries between the two.
The newer area, sometimes called "Capitol Center",[27] includes Providence Place Mall (1999), a Westin hotel (1993) and The Residences at the Westin (2007), GTECH Corporation (2006), Waterplace condominiums (2007), and Waterplace Park (1994); the area tends toward newer development, since much of it is land reclaimed in the 1970s from a mass of railroad tracks referred to colloquially as the "Chinese Wall".[28] This part of Downtown is characterized by open spaces, wide roads, and intent landscaping.
The historic part of downtown has many streetscapes that look as they did eighty years ago. Many of the state's tallest buildings are found here. The largest structure, to date, is the art-deco-styled former Industrial Trust Tower, currently the Bank of America Building at 426 feet (130 m).[29] By contrast, nearby to it is the second tallest One Financial Plaza, designed in modern taut-skin cladding, constructed a half-century later.[30] In between the two is 50 Kennedy Plaza. The Textron Tower is also a core building to the modest Providence skyline. Downtown is also the home of the Providence Biltmore and Westminster Arcade, the oldest enclosed shopping mall in the U.S., built in 1828.[31]
The city's southern waterfront, away from the downtown core, is the location of many oil tanks, a docking station for a ferry boat, a non-profit sailing center, bars, strip clubs, and power plants. The Russian Submarine Museum was located here until 2008, after the submarine sank in a storm and was declared a loss. The Fox Point Hurricane Barrier is also found here, built to protect Providence from storm surge, like that which it had endured in the 1938 New England Hurricane and again in 1954 from Hurricane Carol.[32]
The majority of the cityscape comprises abandoned and revitalized industrial mills, double- and triple-decker housing (though row houses, found so commonly in other Northeast cities, are rare here),[33] a small number of high-rise buildings (predominantly for housing the elderly), and single family homes. I-95 serves as a physical barrier between the city's commercial core and neighborhoods such as Federal Hill, and the West End.


Waterplace Park
Providence has a humid continental or humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa or Dfa) depending on the January isotherm used, with warm summers, cold winters, and high humidity year-round. The USDA places the city in Hardiness zone 6b, with the suburbs falling in zones 6a - 7b.[34] The influence of the Atlantic Ocean keeps Providence, and the rest of the state of Rhode Island,[35] warmer than many inland locales in New England.[36][37] January is the coldest month with a daily mean of 29.2 °F (−1.6 °C), and low temperatures dropping to 10 °F (−12 °C) or lower an average of 11 days per winter,[38] while July is the warmest month with a daily mean of 73.5 °F (23.1 °C), and highs rising to 90 °F (32 °C) or higher an average of 10 days per summer.[38] Extremes range from −17 °F (−27 °C) on February 9, 1934 to 104 °F (40 °C) on August 2, 1975;[39] the record cold daily maximum is 1 °F (−17 °C) on February 5, 1918, while the record warm daily minimum is 80 °F (27 °C) on June 6, 1925.[38] Temperature readings of 0 °F (−18 °C) or lower are uncommon in Providence, and generally occur once every several years. The year which had the most days with a temperature reading of zero degrees or lower was 2015 with eight days so far; one day in January and seven days in February.[38] Conversely, temperature readings of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher are even rarer, and the year with the most days in this category was 1944 with three days, all of which were in August.[38]
As with the rest of the northeastern seaboard, Providence receives ample precipitation year-round. Monthly precipitation ranges from a high of 4.43 inches (112.5 mm) in March to a low of 3.17 inches (80.5 mm) in July.[39] In general, precipitation levels are slightly lesser in the summer months than the winter months, when powerful storms known as Nor'easters can cause significant snowfall and blizzard conditions. Although hurricanes are not frequent in coastal New England, Providence's location at the head of Narragansett Bay makes it vulnerable to them.

Queens, New York City


A typical residential street in Jackson Heights.
Long Island City is a neighborhood in western Queens.
Row houses are prominent in many Queens neighborhoods, including Ridgewood.
Four United States Postal Service post offices serve Queens, based roughly on those serving the towns in existence at the consolidation of the five boroughs into New York City: Long Island City (ZIP codes starting with 111), Jamaica (114), Flushing (113), and Far Rockaway (116). In addition the Floral Park post office (110), based in Nassau County, serves a small part of northeastern Queens. Each of these main post offices have neighborhood stations with individual ZIP codes, and unlike the other boroughs, these station names are often used in addressing letters. These ZIP codes do not always reflect traditional neighborhood names and boundaries; "East Elmhurst", for example, was largely coined by the USPS and is not an official community. Most neighborhoods have no solid boundaries. The Forest Hills and Rego Park neighborhoods, for instance, overlap.
Residents of Queens often closely identify with their neighborhood rather than with the borough or city. The borough is a patchwork of dozens of unique neighborhoods, each with its own distinct identity: