We have just been told that today, April 1 is the official start of summer. It’s funny really since here we are, a little anxious about a coming typhoon which reports say would be a really strong one. I am keeping my fingers crossed that when it reach Philippine shores it would weaken and let us enjoy the weekend. Easter Triduum will start tomorrow and there is Easter Sunday to really look forward to. This morning my son asked me if we will be able to do our annual Visita Iglesia as we planned. I told him that if the weather gets really worse, we could just visit our Parish and do our Fourteen Stations of the Cross there. What is important is to spend our time in prayer, do our own reflections and remember that this is the most important occasion in celebrating our faith as Catholics. Time to reflect, time to give thanks, time to celebrate God’s overflowing graces. I remember a Lenten recollection I attended a year ago and the priest asked the participants what is their favorite passage in the Bible and most of us had the same thoughts and remembered these words:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
This is the message that the season of Lent brings. Pope Francis in his 2015 message for the Holy Lent reminded us to ask the Lord: “Make our hearts like yours”, a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.
It’s stuck in my head again. Every time April comes, I remember it. And I sing, silently. My April dreams sometimes are just that, dreams and longings, pleasant thoughts that slowly unravel and envelope me in the comfort of tears. Oh yes, you might wonder, I cry when I am happy. Over the years, silence has become a friend, a friend I seek and welcome. I need not speak of my thoughts (the words would not come anyway) but silence is there waiting for me to break into a song.
♫♪♫Little did we know
Where the road would lead
Here we are a million miles away from the past
Travelin’ so fast now There’s no turning back
If our sweet April dream doesn’t last♫♪♪
Here comes April and summer memories.
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For us Catholics, today is the start of our Holy Week celebration. I attended an anticipated mass last night and have the palms blessed. I love how the presiding priest explained the meaning of the blessings of palms. The way to Calvary is full of pain and thorns but Jesus emerged the winner through death and rising up again on the third day. He brought us tremendous blessings through the Holy Cross.
Max Lucado, a favorite inspirational author aptly put it this way and I quote, ” Jesus was not on the cross for His sins. He was there for ours.”
May you have a blessed and meaningful Holy Week.
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Posted in Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, prayers, silence speaks, tagged Closer to God, Faith, life, postaday2011, prayers, reflections, silence speaks, silent moments on March 22, 2015 |
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Thank you Lord
for these silent moments.
I am grateful
for the times I felt so down
and You made me feel Your
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Posted in blogging, book review, books, guilty pleasures, literature and Fiction, more books, silence speaks, tagged 2015 reading challenge, books, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, friendship, guilty pleasures, Jennifer Worth, literature and Fiction, Milan Kundera, Mitch Albom, reading, silence speaks, Sue Monk Kidd, thoughts and ramblings, Umberto Eco on March 11, 2015 |
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How long has it been since I last posted here? It’s almost a week and I need to catch on the many blog posts that I missed over the last few days. Busy, busy, busy – busy gardening, busy searching for books to read, busy reading at night until my eyes hurt from the glare of my cellphone. Oh well, it is nice to be back. I am just glad to know that even if I’ve been away for a while, I finally reached 320,000 plus (320,180 as of this writing). Not that it matters much but it is important to me that some readers go back to my earlier posts and leave comments. Having more followers of course in the last two weeks are an added bonus.
Last night, some thoughts were playing in my head but I was just too lazy to jot them down. Regrets come always late of course because I could not remember them now. I’ve been to my once-a-month hair trim at David’s this afternoon and as usual I had a nice chat with some of the staff and their other customers there. My hair stylist told me that they will be transferring to Oasis hub by June and I asked her why and she said that the present site will be converted into a mixed-use structure with a mall and residential units. When it comes to the latest news, they are always updated.That pretty started our conversation about developments in the area. Ever Gotesto mall which has been here for almost two decades will finally close its doors on Sunday. I asked them why and they told me that it was sold to a larger entity whose owner is the richest man in the Philippines and included in the Forbes list of billionaires in the whole world. “You mean we will be having another SM mall here in our area?” They nodded in unison and a customer exclaimed “Good luck sa traffic”. I wanted to buy some kitchen towels but when I reached the mall, almost everything is packed and even the grocery shelves are almost empty. I felt sad for those employees who will lose their jobs because they were hired from an agency. Some tenants are just waiting for their contract to end. I asked one of my favorite shops there, a small entity that sells all things Japanese, meaning, their shelves are full of things made in Japan if they are going to transfer too and the cashier said they don’t know. I always visit this place every time I go to Ever because I love looking at their small kitchen gadgets, I love looking at their tea sets and Japanese mugs/cups used in tea-drinking. Come to think of it, we have an SM mall at every nook and cranny of Metro Manila and suburbs, I am just wondering how many more they would build in the future. Do we really need all that much? It will always be a welcome development of course, I am just wondering what will happen to those small enterprises which are still existing in the area.
Yeay for good books. I finally found some books that I’ve long wanted to read. Some of them are e-books which will be part of my 2015 Reading Challenge. Here are some of the titles I’ve added to my TBR list. So excited to read them all. I am six books in advance for this challenge. I hope I make it this time.
- The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom. I’ve been on the lookout for Albom’s books since Tuesdays With Morrie.
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Just started reading a few lines. This is my third book of this author after the legendary The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. I wrote a short review of The Secret Life Of Bees long ago and watched the movie too. If I have time, I will look for the movie adaptation of The Mermaid Chair on YouTube and will watch it too.
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Finally, after a long search :)
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. My book club friends rate this as a five-star. War torn Barcelona, 1945. So curious about the story.
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I’ve long wanted to read this too but I could not find a copy. I wonder why it belongs to the 500 must read books and one of the 1000 books you have to read before you die. It’s a friend’s favorite book.
- The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times (Book 1)by Jennifer Worth. Set in East End slums of post-war London.
- Shadows of the Workhouse (Book 2) by Jennifer Worth
- Farewell To the East End (Book 3) by Jennifer Worth. I read the short summaries of these three books on Goodreads and I can’t wait to start plus the book covers of two kids on the last two say a lot. I love memoirs.
- First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. I’ve read books of this author before and I love the magical touch of paranormal in her stories.
- The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. I love every title with the word book in it, that’s why. A first novel so maybe it’s worth it.
I wonder how long it would take me to finish these ten titles. We’ll see. How about you? What books are you reading now?
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I would have loved to add more pictures here but I am saving on space for future blog posts. According to WordPress, I have consumed 68% of my allowed limit so I just used two of my other blogs for some updates.
My camera was silent for a few months (no pics taken, no pics uploaded except for some previous shots) but I have it fixed finally three weeks ago. Yesterday, I tried taking a few shots of the sparse flowers growing in our garden before the one month warranty expires in a week. It’s working well, thank God! Take a look at our garden, I just posted some pictures there and updated my photography blog too.
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Posted in books, entertainment, guilty pleasures, literature and Fiction, silence speaks, tagged books, guilty pleasures, life, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on February 27, 2015 |
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That’s right, I am just borrowing the title from a book I have just read.
Have you ever chosen a book because the title and the book cover make you smile and make you remember something deep, memories that you treasure in your heart? I did just that, three days ago. In between re-reading inspirational and uplifting books for the season of Lent, I managed to find a lovely book by Kelly Moran. It is my first time to read a book from this author. Inspiring romance books are not really my cup of tea but I got curious that it received mostly five stars on Goodreads. An easy read, amazing and heartwarming tale of friendship, family relationships, and getting on with life despite all the setbacks, finding love and meaning in the end. I don’t normally post a book review when I blog about a certain book that I’ve enjoyed reading, it’s for you to find out.
A friend once told me that when a book makes you cry then it must really be good. I love the poetic style of the author, the play with words – I can almost imagine those intense moments, I can almost touch the pages of the family albums and commune with nature the way it was told in the story. It’s actually one of my best reads so far for my 2015 reading challenge. And as usual, I had my journal ready to write some quotes that I liked.
Don’t let the past get in the way of the now.
How many times has the past hindered us from making decisions in our life? How many times have we let the past rule our present life? Learning to let go and learning to move on might not be that easy but sometimes we just have to do it for our peace of mind.
Home is where they love you and care for you. Home is where you go back to when there’s nothing left and you want to find peace again.
What a difference a moment can make.
Speaking of the 50 books I wanted to read this year, with no particular author in mind and no particular book on my list, I have just finished 12. Next in line though are memoirs and the books I have of Mary Oliver. I want to reread Randy Pausch’ The Last Lecture, it inspired me when I was undergoing chemotherapy. I want to get reacquainted again with Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie. My former surgical oncologist saw a copy I read at the hospital when I underwent surgery more than five years ago and he said it was a good book so I gave him a copy. My cardiologist who was a very caring doctor too saw my pile and told me I had good choices of books to read. I gave him one too. They are both doctors so they could relate to what ALS is all about.
I just love books. The solitary hours are more meaningful when books take you to places you’ve never been, people you’ve never met and a world probably more interesting than your own.
When the leaves stop falling, you find love.
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When life seems a little hard to bear
Surrender to the quiet
And listen to the hush of the wind.
You’ll find peace.
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