Archive for May 12th, 2011

Here’s the second and last part of my blog for my second year at WordPress, glimpses of some blogs I posted from December 2010 to April 2011. I provided the links for easy access.

*When I look back, I just sometime smile at the thought of being so brave to face it all. I finally learned that having the big C as some people call it is not the be all and end all of everything. I finally learned that being brave is not just showing a big smile on your face but having the will to go on, despite the odds, that being brave is having enough faith in God that you will get well and being brave means thanking God that He has enough faith in you to carry on.  Reaching Out, Touching Lives (My Journey at AFCC )- December 08, 2010

* It’s a journey long enough to say, God has always been and always will be at my side. It’s a long journey of discoveries – a long journey of faith, a long journey of sharing. A friend once told me that she admired the way I am so open about my illness, what I’ve been through and I always say, if someone could be inspired and touched by what I am sharing, then I am fulfilled. Reaching Out, Touching Lives (My Journey at AFCC) December 08, 2010

*I’ve always been tempted to capture raindrops and freeze them forever in a photograph . There is something so refreshing seeing those crystal clear water droplets. Learning To Dance In the Rain – December 16, 2011

*Memories are sometimes a little tricky – they make you cry and think about the happy days, they make you reminisce and look back. And they make you wish that time could stand still. But amid the sadness is a quiet joy, a simple leap of the heart , a tearful smile of remembrance. There are moments when the happy memories stand out and this is one of those times that I remember him vividly in my mind. I hate saying farewell so I’ll just say, until next time! Long Way Home – December 28, 2010

*Have you ever sat very quietly in a corner and listened to a voice within? Have you ever closed your eyes and imagined that there must be something more fulfilling, more provocative and more challenging than the present journey you are traversing? Some of us probably made a list of New Year’s resolutions, those unending list of to-do-things and priorities that you promised yourself to follow year after year but when December comes, you ask yourself, where have all the days gone? Life In Snatches – January 09, 2011

*Sometimes, you let your mind wander while doing the laundry or watering the plants and it seems like you are multi–tasking on different topics in your head. Does that happen to you? You could write about your lightbulb moments, you could write about trees and bird songs, or the times when you feel deliriously happy and you want to shout to the world that you are just that – happy! This Is It – January 14, 2011

*Writing is definitely a joyous exercise when you are filled with inspiration and things to write about. You might be alone in your thoughts but you don’t feel lonely. Your thoughts become your words and your words become the colorful canvas which a moment ago was just a blank page, staring at you, silently challenging you to fill it up. It’s another discovery, filling your paper with your heart’s laments and joys! Blogging Blues – January 21, 2011

*Have you ever seen a mother gazing at her new-born child with awe and wonder? That’s love! Have you ever experienced that sense of belonging in a place that you have just visited or seen and you have that silly grin on your face because you were just happy? That’s God whispering to your ears to listen to the sound of the sea gently lapping at the rocks on the shore. That’s God whispering to your ears to feel the soft touch of the wind on your face. That’s God whispering to your ears to simply be quiet and let the music of a singing bird penetrate deep inside your heart. That’s God whispering to your ears to simply look around you and see those beautiful blooms on the wayside. God is always behind every breath we take. God’s love is immeasurable, it’s just that sometimes, we are blinded by worldly things and forget to appreciate God’s whispers. February, Here I Come – February 01, 2011

*Sometimes, we are reluctant to face change and turn our back on things which would derail us from the straight path that we dreamed of traversing. We sometimes forget that it is in the small detours and untrodden paths that we will find peace and wonderful surprises. Life As It Is – February 09, 2011

*“Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.” Quoting Mary Oliver – February 15, 2011

*So that’s how an Indie film is made, a minimum of two characters but still can convey an exceptional storyline that would make you think about life in general with all its angst and broken dreams. I don’t know where they shot this film but the scenery was a joy to behold and so was the music.  Life is not a choice but a gift. I love that line, because it makes us realize that we are only here temporarily and that our given life is truly a gift from God. Still Life – March 18, 2011

*I feel so lazy when summer comes, there’s nothing productive there actually except perhaps tending the garden and making sure the plants don’t dry up in the hot sun. I still prefer the morning sun of course, because I am a “morning person”. Haha, what does that exactly mean, you ask? I just like to wake up early in the morning just to see the sunrise. There is something magical there, don’t you think? Dawn break, sunrise, sunsets, twilight , I love them all. It makes me think this world is a beautiful place only when you see what is beyond the daily grind of living. Sometimes we forget to appreciate the simple beauty of things around us. In An April Dream – March 31, 2011

*Ah, sometimes, there are moments that you want to shout to the world that happiness lies in small surprises, gentle touches from a Divine hand just waiting for you to explore. Amazing Grace – April 05, 2011

*He likens the craft of writing as a toolbox – with all the necessary accessible tools. First on the top shelf is vocabulary. And he says, “one of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed.” Next tool is grammar. Bad grammar produces bad sentences. So true, I am not a perfectionist (because no one is perfect) but I cringe every time I read bad sentence construction. He says further, “one who does grasp the rudiments of grammar finds a comforting simplicity at its heart, where there need be only nouns, the words that name, and verbs, the words that act.” He is funny at times. I was laughing out loud when he said that anyone using the phrases “That’s so cool” or “at this point in time” and “at the end of the day” should be made to stand in one corner and should be sent to bed without supper. Haha! He abhors the use of passive tense and adverbs. On the layer beneath this tool box are the three elements of a story – narration, description, and dialogue. On Writing (A Memoir Of The Craft) – April 07, 2011

I’ll begin another year of  blogging tomorrow.Sometimes, I ask myself, am I growing here? Am I happy? Am I fulfilled. It’s a definite YES.


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