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And I still love reading about books.

There is that excitement you get to feel when you find a book about books, library or a bookstore for that matter. You are curious what other people read.  Though I am excited to read it, I really don’t know what to expect since it is a first novel but first novels sometimes are really big on surprises. It’s The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson, an American author.

I am reminded of one of my favorite books, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. When the subject is about books, I am always curious how the story is presented. I enjoy those stories that describe how they feel about reading old books  and those considered classics. Some readers are challenged by books which are not very popular and well read. Some stick to one particular genre or collect one particular author. I did that before, collecting books by authors the likes of Leon Uris, Robin Cook, Rosamunde Pilcher, Richard Paul Evans, Nicholas Evans (I miss his books), Richard North Patterson and Luanne Rice to name a few. I have lots of their books but most of them are paperbacks. The ones we have of James Patterson are mostly hardbound and. Richard Paul Evans’ books come in nice and smaller than average hardbound.

I get to read e-books in between especially at night since I  won’t need a well-lighted room to read them.  I am still in the middle of reading The Seven Storey Mountain by  Thomas Merton. He is one of most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. The prints are so small in a thick book but I recently found an e-book copy of it. Hooray!

So many TBRs on my night table but I kept those new ones  in a higher cabinet to protect them this rainy season.

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You might wonder how our family has been since my brother was diagnosed with rectal cancer which has metastasised in his liver.

Allow me first to thank you all for  your prayers and words of comfort. It is helping us a lot that there are friends who also hope for a longer life for my brother.

Since he left the hospital, I call them everyday. He needs that moral support that we can give even in our small way. He has let go and let God do the rest for his healing. He decided not to undergo that much dreaded operation and even chemotherapy later on. Just to give you an idea, we are four siblings in all and my eldest brother underwent surgical operation with chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with the same ailment back in 2003. I had mine in July 2009 with six cycles of chemotherapy. I had doubts that this must be hereditary. There might be something in our genes  causing the three of us to have the same ailment. I remember what my medical oncologist said though years ago that genes/heredity  comprises only 10%  when you are diagnosed with colon cancer.

I was listening to my favorite  radio program the other week when they had this one-hour segment called Kaibigan sa Kalusugan  and their topic was about cancer and initial cure. They are a group of doctors who believe in alternative medicine. I left a message in their program which was also broadcasted on their Facebook page. One of their personnel texted me and gave me the details of their clinic near our place here in Manila. I texted back that my brother is in the province and Manila is too far for travel. They have a clinic in Pampanga  (more than seventy km. from our  place in the province)  so last Monday, my brother,  sis-in-law and a cousin who temporarily drives for them went for consultation. I googled their way of treating patients with different illnesses and I was impressed. Even my brother was all praises for them. They are doctors too. I was even more in awe when I read that they are known worldwide and that the medicines they prescribe to their patients are BFAD (Bureau of Food and Drugs) approved here in the Philippines.  My brother was prescribed three medications and they have to come back on Monday and bring new laboratory tests that they have requested. They even told him to continue with his previous medications prescribed by his doctors at the hospital.

This is a leap of faith. Hoping  for a better health for my brother. I always remember that God does not give us crosses that we can’t bear. He will always be there guiding our paths. Going through such challenges is quite heavy both for my brother and the family but we remain faithful and hopeful  to God’s wisdom and mercy.  There is a place where He wants us to be and we are truly grateful for that.

May God bless us all. 

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Continued gardening early this morning and around three this afternoon. Except for trimming the carabao grass, I’m done with the garden inside our fence. So happy to have transferred seven pots of Adenium seedlings.  Four inch of growth with established roots, just perfect for replanting. This is my first time to plant Adenium (through seeds). I noticed their robust stems, fat ones that made me smile.  Gardening is always a thrill when everything fall into place, a neat space to spend those idle mornings while watching the sun go up the horizon. I need to pick more calamansi, there are plenty of them.

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll tackle the overgrown grass  and weeds mixed with our dwarf Santan and the Snake plants. Since it is rainy season now, the unwanted weeds grow by leaps and bounds.

A friend sent me this meme. I love it. Some good and inspiring thoughts about life.

Have a nice week ahead.

 

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“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”- St. Augustine of Hippo

One of the highlights of today’s homily are these words:

“To understand LIFE, you have to visit three locations:
1. The Hospital
2. The Prison
3. The Cemetery

At the Hospital, you will understand that nothing is more beautiful than health. In Prison, you’ll see that freedom is the most precious thing. At the Cemetery, you will realize that life is worth nothing, the ground we walk today will be our roof tomorrow.”

When I went home to take care of my brother three weeks ago, I  set aside an hour visiting our beloved dead at the cemetery with my cousin before going to the hospital. Since I seldom take a vacation during All Saints and All Souls Days, I make it a point to light candles and offer prayers in front of their  graves every time I go home. There is always that nostalgic feeling,  remembrance of old days when my dad, my youngest brother, grandparents, aunties and uncles and some close relatives were still alive. Their graves are near each other.

In the hospital when you’re passing by the halls, you’ll see all kinds of reaction from people looking so sorrowful and staring in one direction, people texting or those who spent the night sleeping  along the corridors waiting. I haven’t tried visiting a prison yet but some years ago, I went with my high school classmates to visit a former schoolmate at the National Center for Mental Health where patients are like prisoners caged in open  (with grills of course) rooms  with several beds adjacent to each other.

It is quite depressing sometimes to be able to see hospital patients and those in the mental hospital.  And yes, health is one commodity that makes us rich in life even without those material trappings. Good health is not something you can buy.

I’d like to end up this post with these words.

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” 
― Lao Tzu

 

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It does not feel the warmth of –

a loving embrace

a gentle touch

a tight hug

a furtive glance

a sweet whisper

The heart  does not really grow old

But when love dies,

It just grows cold.

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Yes, I am excited.

Feeling like a kid with a new toy. Finally replaced my dead tab today. Bought one of the latest Samsung Tab A equipped  with 2GB (RAM) + 322 GB  (ROM) Memory, 8 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera, 32 GB LTE, 4G LTE 5,100mAH2 battery and 64bit Quad Core Processor. Don’t ask me how to interpret all these because I am not familiar  except that I have enough space for my future e-books and photos.  It comes with free headset (with microphone) and  Okay stand.  Perfect. I was looking for a screen protector and tab cover but there is nothing yet in the market. Maybe next week, I’ll be able to complete its accessories.

I tried the headset, it is not as good as the Sony headset I am using but at least it has a microphone. I won’t have to use my cellphone in talking to my relatives in messenger.

Certainly, having a new tablet makes me smile.

 

 

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I still can’t figure out how I feel at the moment – I  am so sad about what is happening to our family members. Nissa is scheduled for biopsy of her left throat on Thursday before they decide on any operation.

My brother does not want to be operated on. He’d rather adhere to alternative cure. I contacted Kaibigan sa Kalusugan this morning in their clinic in San Fernando, Pampanga, a three-hour ride by car from our place in the province. It is nearer than spending a six-hour ride to Manila. They said to bring all his laboratory results, ultrasound and CT scan.  I hope it’ll be a better choice for him.

Fr. Lovell called me up early this morning and I was so grateful for the words of comfort, spiritual advices and words of wisdom. He told me to take things one at a time so my health won’t be compromised. I also had a long chat with a friend from our Catholic page. Talking about life, health and  daily happenings in our lives, our own journeys, how we deal of those unexpected things that come  and go. It was a lovely chat. As usual my unli call hours on my phone were well spent.

Ou Shih Poo Oreo has this habit of sitting on my lap while I am reading. I took shot of him this afternoon, a close-up one.

Look at his eyes. I love that pensive look. His expression is like that when you are talking to him or he wants your attention wagging his tail at the same time.

My shoutout today: Your prayers mean a lot to our family. Thank you very much.

 

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