Growing up a twin I never worried about belonging because I had an automatic beat friend. We hung out with kids in the neighbourhood but we were just as happy playing by ourselves. If you look in my Facebook friends list a good portion of them are from public school. High school was just a place where we went to learn and went back home. We weren’t artistic (although Janet was really good in art), we weren’t in the band or choir and we weren’t “academic”. We were teased because we were different. It’s cute being twins when you are young but not in high school.
I have one really good friend from college and we talk often by email or phone. We get along because we have the same values.
Yesterday I went to a coffee shop with about 6 people from our writing class. Unfortunately the one…

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palpable paucity of personal pleasure


overstrained, overstretched and overworked

exhaustive daily schedules and chores

a mad run to discharge their duties

a crazy rush to settle their scores

mutilated mechanical monotonous life

the keenness for retrieving leisure

the over busy diary of daily events

palpable paucity of personal pleasure

is this the living we wished to endure

is this a real or a virtual subsistence

is this the melodramatic tragedy called life

or is this the sheer purpose of our existence


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I volunteer.

In the Periphery

I want to be
that cigarette
you smoke.
That bitch
that gets to
kiss your lips
and fills
your soul
with pleasure.
I want to be
the one
that you suck
with your lips
until you’re
I want to be
that glass
of whiskey.
That sucker
you love to
feel in your
that burns
your thirsty
I want to be
all that
for you
even though
I know
you love to
throw them
when you’re
without saying
I volunteer.

Daily Prompt – Volunteer

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A Quick Lesson in Kindness

Just Writing!


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt


Shondra was new in school.She was pretty and friendly, but the year was already well under way, and she was having trouble establishing herself. She figured out pretty quickly who the cool kids were, and that’s where she felt she belonged. Some of the other kids, perfectly nice but not cool, were friendly toward her.  Didn’t matter. She knew where she needed to be.

One morning, Mrs.Crandall was walking down the hall to her classroom. She noticed Shondra slipping small white envelopes into several of the lockers. She didn’t sense anything furtive in Shondra’s behavior, but she figured she’d better make sure.

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“Good morning, Shondra!  What are you up to so early in the morning?”

Shondra’s eyes rounded for just a moment,  but then she laughed. “I’m not up to anything, Mrs. Crandall.  You know I’ve been having…

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no sneakers

kStan(ly) kSays

the marathon began at 1
a thousand avid ants
fire-ants-1790262_960_720now race across the kitchen floor
i’ve tried but yet i can’t
locate the place the race began
to staunch the flow or stop it
it seems to end where my veal cutlet
landed when i dropped it
the runners wear no sneakers
no numbers on their backsfire-ants-1790262_960_720
their uniform is, to an ant,
entirely jet black
they don’t get winded
don’t slow down
they’re made of tougher stuff
i cheer them on with insect spray
i hope i have enough

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by skeeze, courtesy
created for the  Daily prompt – marathon

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A Day in Tagaytay


Dear Readers,

How are you guys doing? I know it’s kinda late already but I’m still going to say it.. Happy New Year everyone! Wishing all of you the best this 2017. 

Below is my late post. Huhu! I forgot to publish it because of my hectic sched. once again! Apologies everyone 😂 I hope you will still read it. Thank you!

December 25, 2016

This is how we spent the birth of Jesus Christ. 💟

First, we went to Pink Sisters located in Tagaytay.

We left Dasmarinas, Cavite at 8:00 in the morning and we arrived there at 10am. We were late for the last mass in the morning and the next mass is 5:00 in the afternoon so we just prayed as a family and afterwards, we had our tour around the place.

These are what we saw 😍





15732459_10205635340521677_405531567185446628_o(L-R) Me, my sister, my cousin, my auntie, mom and dad


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