Say Lee shares his personal story, prompted by my post on Eldest Daughters for International Women’s Day. He is grateful to have had the chance to interact with his wife’s grandmother even if he never knew his own grandparents. He also says that he is the youngest boy of 13 children and his wife is the eldest of 10 children - wow, family reunions must need a huge banqueting hall! Pey joins the discussion again, picking up on his comment about the stubbornness of eldest daughters, being one herself and having an eldest daughter to deal with as a mum, too. Say Lee responds diplomatically saying that as the youngest boy, he was pampered and is grateful to his wife to help him learn better ways! Pey, by the way, is also going to try and find some pics of her mum and my mum in cheong sams - they were best pals back then (and still are) so I can’t wait to see the pics, if she can find them. And I agree with Pey that back then, there seemed to be a higher standard of dress and style than these days when we just slouch around in any old thing!
My post on the joys of malt loaf continues to be a popular one with cyclist Ronny commenting about butterless malt loaf.
Another reader, emigre, is going to enter a short story to Italian e-zine Buran. If her story and that of Jules is published in Italian over at that site, perhaps they will let me upload their English versions over here at Fusion View so we non-Italian speakers can appreciate their writing, too. What do you say, emigre and Jules?
Kenny Mah shares a shocking story - his blogging identity was stolen by a spammer who posted comments on Kenny’s site pretending to be Kenny and claiming he was a transgendered female-to-male. Kenny’s readers rallied to his defence and Kenny himself was able to take a step back and not over-react, though I am sure it was hugely upsetting. There will always be malicious people out on the web - as there are in the real world. But often, what comes out more strongly to shame such people is the humanity and warm-heartedness of others who come to the defence of the person attacked and also the inner strength of the person attacked. (I am deliberately avoiding the word “victim” which, I think, gives power to the malicious person.) I would also add that personally, I have huge sympathy and respect for people who are transgendered and the malicious claim about Kenny’s gender tells us a lot more about the lack of humanity of the person making that comment than about either Kenny or transgendered people.
The power of the web continues to fascinate. Silvia had a very personal response to the video of LonelyGirl15 - she instintively talked back to the video , a lone voice in her study reaching out to the lone girl alone in her study on the screen. Not to worry, Silvia, I talk back at my TV all the time whenever I watch a film that engages me in a visceral, emotive way - that’s why I find it hard to go to the movies in the public place!
Flash fiction writer Guy Hogan had a look at my invitation to write mini flashes or digital haiku on Twitter and sees it as a challenge. I hope he will rise to it as it would be great to see what a specialist flash fiction writer going even more micro might come up with!
Photo: thanks to bossladyranch.com
Posted by Yang-May Ooi on Saturday, March 17th, 2007 at 7:00am