Short Story: A Man of Few Words

Being a man of few words seems to be a good thing.


Genre: slice of life

Her husband was a taciturn man who spoke as if he only had a limited amount of words for his lifetime and if he used them up too early, he would spend the rest of his life mute.

So when he spoke, his words held weight, and no weight could be heavier than the responsibility of talking down a boy from the edge of a cliff.

As she called for the police, her husband talked until he sat side by side with the boy, then he kept talking until the boy opened up, and it was their turn to listen.

Later, after the boy stepped back into safety and into the hands of the police, her husband stood, lost in thoughts. To her, his thoughts were as clear as day.

“I agree. Let’s talk with his parents,” she said.

Her husband smiled and pulled her into…

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Thoughts on current Graduate medical education

I was thinking that given the advent of information technology– you can literally learn about any illness or disease and it’s treatment online. whether it’s a journal or website, like NEJM. it used to be you had to go to paper sources, or even wait for morning report at the hospital. Now there’s cases online that you can do like ‘virtually’, basically everything at your fingertips.

So to me, the only differentiating factor between any residency program is just different patient care. and hospitals to me are largely the same. so therefore, basically any residency program is the same deal. you’ll just get trained the same anywhere.

Food as a cultural heritage

DailyPrompt – Authentic

Authentic means the ‘real’ deal, such as authentic food. It’s deeply tied to culture, so the more one knows of the culture, the more one knows of the food. Vice-versa too. People immigrate to new countries, but need a way to preserve their culture. One way they do it is by having the same type of food that they had back home.

That would explain why San Francisco, with alot of Chinese people, has a big Chinatown and Chinese immigrants still cook Chinese food. Food is something you can take with you across to a new country. Landmarks and statues back home stay there. Language is attempted to be preserved too, like by teaching kids language-ie. Mandarin or Korean. Food is something relatively easy to pass among generations. So even a third, fourth-generation Asian-American could still connect with their culture through their home food.

Korean food has alot of spices. I made a Korean side dish called Kongnamul-muchim 콩나물무침, which is soybean sprout side dish.


Personality Change

via Daily Prompt: Broken

Being broken is like a vase being shattered to pieces. You start with an intact vase, with an elegant form, but once it is shattered, you see what is truly inside the vase. It could be air, or it could be water, or it could be blood. Only by being broken, can you see the true value and substance of something.

It’s like if one had an experience of living in a foreign place. You might feel broken because many people you know are not there. However, you have to meet new people and make new connections, and in those instances, your personality is visible.  So the vase is broken and then the fragments of the vase represent the fragments of your personality. It could be good aspects like sympathy or bad aspects like selfishness or hate. Then there’s the inside of the vase, which is like what you as a person represent. It could be weak like alcohol that evaporates quickly. Or it can be strong like blood that is viscous and evaporates very slowly- ie. stays liquid.

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But being broken is not the end of life for the vase. It can still be mended back together with glue. And it maintains its shape as long as you have all the pieces. The vase will have imperfections, but I would say it is worth it to be broken to see what is truly inside the vase. One would be guessing for eternity what was within the vase, whether liquid or air.

Being mended back from being broken is the same as getting fixed! Back to the analogy before, it’s like if that one person went back to his home and that person was transformed and the imperfections can be hid or exposed depending on how well they show their imperfections. So their personality could change- instead of being selfish, they might care more about others. Or it could be the other way around- they could be ambivalent in the past, but more bitter now.

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So let’s say there was a personality improvement, ie. the selfish->caring. Then, that improvement would be represented by how well the vase is remade back together with glue. It could be a really crappy job, so the personality changed minimally, or a excellent and professional job- personality changed a lot and for the better.