Persistence

I am awed at professional athletes and musicians, researchers and scientists, leaders of advocacy groups, and anyone who has maintained his/her zeal and enthusiasm in attaining his/her goals for years, despite the odds. Can you imagine training ten (10) hours or more a day going over the same routine, practicing the same movement over and…

Courage to Love

Our pet kitten, Pepper, died recently. My siblings and my daughter were heartbroken as I was. Pepper was rescued in early 2022 from our backyard in my hometown, then a teeny-weeny, thin being with scant fur, and with a meow scarcely above a whisper. I usually described those trips as somersaults of the emotions–the thrill…

Flow

I wouldn’t deny it. The results of the recent national elections in the Philippines left me stunned and broken-hearted. For a few days, I walked with a cloud hanging over my head. I feel better now so I am able to write about this matter. I am not being self-righteous. Neither am I naive to…

A Dash of Salt

It’s a weekend. You are in the kitchen wearing an apron, while the most delicious scent wafts in the air. You get a spoon, taste the sauce a little, wrinkle your nose a bit, add a dash of salt, taste the dish again, and smile. Yes! That’s what 1/8 of a teaspoon does. Now, imagine…

Dearest Young One,

Hi. Because of some circumstances in the past few days and weeks, I thought of penning you a letter. This is not to reprimand you but to share some life lessons learned from my many years in life. Do not be so impatient to be part of the daily grind and be in an adult’s…