Posts Tagged ‘thoughts’
Mug in hand
I sat still in the garden
admiring the morning sun.
A little sparrow perched itself
atop a branch
sang a few notes
then quickly flew away.
I smiled and said
“Good morning world”.
What a nice gift
you brought me today.
Posted in 2014, blogging, books, Happiness, life, literature and Fiction, more books, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, blogging, books, letter-writing, life, literature and Fiction, silence speaks, thoughts on February 25, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Woke up this morning to the persistent sound of my son’s cellphone which he left inside my room last night. Gosh, it was 4am. I tried to sleep a few hours more but it was a useless exercise. I guess, it is a perfect time to visit this blog, the internet connection is quite fast. The rest of the world (from our end) must still be asleep.
Wow, a hot cup of coffee with hot pan de sal to boot. A few minutes ago, I braved the five-minute walk to our neighborhood bakery to buy pan de sal. It is a bread roll that is a staple in most Filipino families’ breakfast. You can pair it with scrambled eggs, coco jam or what we call matamis na bao, slivers of cheese or even sautéed sardines. Take your pick, it goes well with everything. I’ve long wanted to learn to bake pan de sal but it is more practical to buy it.
I went back to reading e-books , discovering new titles, excited to acquaint myself with new authors. Last night, I started reading Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole. It’s my first encounter with the author. Fancy a different approach to writing a book – conveying a story through letters, no dialogue, a perfect spin of two stories fused together. Since I am still in the middle of reading it, I will reserve my five stars later. I love receiving letters, in any form but there is nothing that beats a real one with stamps attached on the envelope with that pasted smile on your face anticipating what’s written inside. It is even exciting when there is no written address and you guess who suddenly thought of you to send a letter by mail. When I was in college, my friend and I used to write letters to each other every single day although we were together at work as student librarians in our university. It was quite fun to write at the back of date due slips while absorbing the silence that a library setting brings. She is now based abroad and we get in touch through private messages on Facebook. Years ago, my sister-in-law gifted me with a complete set of Griffin and Sabine, a trilogy written by Nick Bantock. It is one of the precious collections I have in my small library. In every page, you’ll see a facsimile of a postcard or a letter actually enclosed in an envelope, hand-written letters that excite. Imagine reading a book in real letter format. Reading the trilogy made me more in love with letter-writing.
The rain last night and the gentle drizzle this morning made my plants happy. They are dancing in the rain and I love to dance too.
P.S. WordPress says this is my 1,400th blog entry.
There is a cold wind blowing
And the leaves dance
The birds are having a holiday
while they sway and sing atop
our bare tree.
My eyes are blinded by the sunlight
But I welcome its warmth.
Posted in blogging, Faith, journeys, life, ramblings, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, dreams, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on February 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
I woke up this morning remembering a well-loved quote in my head. Many, many years ago, I was on my way to school when I saw this guy who wore a shirt with a lovely quote written in front and it made a big impact on me. Oh yes, short of staring boldly at the words, I committed them to memory and that’s what I remember now. It was written by Langston Hughes, an American poet , playwright and novelist.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Dreams keep us going don’t you think? And I believe, really believe that dreams do come true. Maybe, in my subconscious thought, I remembered these simple lines when I wrote Dreams and Escapes as my blog title. There are simple things in life that give extra meaning to our existence. There are simple things in life that make us smile and inspire us to go on. There are simple things in life that always add color to our everyday existence. When I was in college, I used to fill up whole notebooks of quotes, poems and inspiring words culled from the books I have read. It makes me happy to read them now and then, always with some remembered thoughts of long ago, the years in between, the tears and laughter and teenage angst and frustrations. I was lucky to have worked for three years at my university’s library when I was in college and still luckier to have read so many inspiring books and to have known so many inspiring authors.
I dreamed of one day writing something that would inspire. I dreamed of one day reaching out to people by sharing my thoughts. I am slowly getting there I guess. Dreams inspire us to go on and see life in all its beauty, not blinded by the ugly realities that somehow we have to face.
One day, I’ll write a poem and will share it with you.
Good morning !
Posted in 2014, blogging, journeys, life, WordPress Annual Report 2013, writing, tagged 2013 blog summary, 2013 WordPress Annual Report, blogging, life, thoughts on December 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
I decided to make this public since I am proud that I’ve reached this far. For the past three years, I’ve looked forward to the year-end report of WordPress on my four blogs. I am sharing this with you. And I would love to thank all those bloggers who made comments and visited my blog. Thank you all for sharing with me and making everyday something to always look forward to.
Thank you WordPress
Here’s a toast to more inspiring blogs for 2014. Looking forward to meeting more inspiring bloggers too. And I promised myself last night, I’ll take another challenge of writing and sharing my thoughts every day here.
I wish I could sleep a few more hours and dream of something nice and lovely but I’ve been awake since 3:30am, same time that I wake up on the days that my son has to leave for work at 5am. On second thoughts, waking up early has a lot more advantage than staying late in bed.
Gosh, hanging amihan is really here, signalling cold nights and occasional cold winds outside. I went out for a while to sweep in front of the house, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, plastic with straw in it, so annoying to see them every morning and I can’t stand clutter. I wish our neighbor who has a sari-sari store would find it in his heart to place a trash bin outside his store and tell his customers not to throw garbage haphazardly. And I wonder why passersby can’t discipline themselves to dispose of their garbage properly, they never learn and maybe they never will. Enough said.
The sky is clear but still dark and the quarter moon makes star-gazing lovely. I used to spend time star-gazing every time I go home to our province in Pangasinan. The silence and quiet sip into your bones and you feel at peace with the world. There is something so fresh and untouched, unmarred by the noise of cars and motorcycles passing by. For one thing, the best time to write (at least for me) is always in the quiet of early mornings. Thoughts come chasing each other waiting to unfold. Sometimes though, when you put them on paper, they go away and you can never recover those fleeting thoughts the way they should be written and the way you want to write them. Does that happen to you?
I think I need a hot cup of coffee and go back to the garden to watch the day unfolds – something precious, something meaningful, something to look forward to. It’s a new day after all.