She always wakes up at 3am
And it is a ritual that has no rhythm
Except maybe the sound that an early morning brings
And her thoughts wander
Savouring the days of old
She smiles –
There would always be other days like this
She would always treasure
What the morning brings
She knows –
Life is short
Choose to be happy
Choose to be an inspiration to others
Choose the joys and not the pain of living
Choose what life brings
A joy in the morning.
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Posted in family, family life, journeys, life, photography, tagged family life, I love Sundays, journeys, life, life with mom, photography, thoughts on August 21, 2016 |
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For the past three weeks, Mom has been attending Sunday masses on TV. She finds it hard to walk when it is raining and the streets are slippery when wet. Sometimes, she drags her feet when she walks. This morning though, I asked her to go with us to attend the Sunday mass at the nearby parish , a five-minute tricycle ride from our place. The weather is just right, nary a sunshine in view but it is windy.
Sometimes she complains that she finds it hard to breathe so my brother has to accompany her to her internist for another check-up. She underwent an ECG and was prescribed a blood thinner which she has to take for a month on top of her other medications and maintenance. I explained to her not to focus too much on what she feels, that is so stressful. She always tells me that what she does here is “sleep and eat”. I told her to take a rest while she is here with us. I know, she sometimes forgets that when you are getting old, the aches and pains are more pronounced.
She used to avoid having her photo taken but that has changed in the last few days. I always tell her that I’ll send her pics to my youngest brother whom she hasn’t seen for so long because the family is based in Tulsa. She is amazed at the number of photos kept in my gallery mostly shots of flowers, food and Nate with the latter having the most of it.
Mom at 87….
The wrinkles and gray hair speak of life’s journey, the number of lessons learned along the way and wisdom’s highlights too. Some people always say that when you reach the age of 80, you are so blessed and beyond that, everything is a bonus. Maybe that is true in a way because life nowadays is so stressful. My mom is the youngest among four girls so you can just imagine, the eldest is now around 95 or older.
Sometimes I wonder, are we luckier than their generation because we are surrounded by gadgets and things that make life easier? Mom never learned to use a cellphone except to shout over the phone (she is hard of hearing so she has a tendency to make her voice louder) to us and say, “kumusta“? She never learned the use of computer but she knew how to use a typewriter, not the one-finger touch system but all fingers locked into their proper places on top of the keyboard. Sometimes, I wonder what she is thinking while deftly playing solitaire every afternoon before watching the three-o’clock news. She depends on the news tickers because she could not understand the newscast. Oh but she enjoys a good movie on CinemaOne and always waits for Maalaala Mo Kaya every Saturday night. She shouts with Luis Manzano’s audience on Minute to Win It every afternoon. Come to think of it, she is more updated with the news than I am.
She always asks why some people do not want to bury Marcos at Libingan followed by a question of why there are so many people dying on the streets. Let me see…it is hard to explain, can you?
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Posted in book reviews, books, Closer to God, Faith, Goodreads' 2016 Reading Challenge, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, rainy days, reading, thoughts, tagged books, Closer to God, Faith, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, silence speaks, thoughts on August 8, 2016 |
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It’s a wet and cold morning and it’s been raining on and off since the start of the weekend. Hanging habagat (southwest monsoon) is definitely here. It was a busy weekend though. It’s a good thing we were able to finish some gardening chores early.
When you are forced to stay at home because of the weather, you either keep busy or you relax to your heart’s content. I did both…haha! Aside from gardening, I was able to find time to read two books over the weekend and to watch two movies on YouTube. Yes, you heard it right. For the first time in so many years, I caught myself finding some inspirational movies that would lift the soul and strengthen faith. The Song of Bernadette did just that. I could not remember the last time I watched this movie. I found a version in Blu-Ray. The Song of Bernadette is a 1943 drama film that tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a young visionary of Lourdes who later became a saint. From February to July 1858 in Lourdes, France, she reported eighteen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This film is based on the true story of Bernadette Soubirous, and adapted from the book written by Franz Werfel. What a lovely, lovely way to spend two hours straight infront of my computer and see this film.
Lately, I was lucky enough to find more books on faith and redemption and how beautiful life could be despite the treacherous journey and the unfaithfulness of mankind. Alicia Ruggieri is new on my list of authors and I like her writing style. She writes grace-filled and Christ-centered fiction. If you have time, try to read her A Time of Grace trilogy. The first book made me really cry and think of life, it’s beauty and its angst. The Fragrance of Geraniums is such a beautiful book. I am in the middle of reading the second one entitled All Our Empty Places which picks up the story where it left off in the first one. I wonder if I’ll be able to find the third and the concluding book in the trilogy. I am not really into trilogies but this one is worth it. There are those stories that make you feel they’re real and you get into them like you would a story of a friend or yours, you feel the sadness, the triumphs and the pain. You feel that hope is not a dead thing but a journey that makes you look forward to another day.
A friend suggested another writer and poet. The blog is truly inspiring. I searched the link. You may visit it here.
It’s raining still and I am caught with these words, we are all special in God’s eyes. God’s grace overflows.
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Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, photography, reflections, tagged candle light photography, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, photography, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on July 20, 2016 |
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I’ve always been in awe of candle light photography. I remember those photos I took of lighted candles at the St. Padre Pio Chapel near our place.
Watching the flickering flames somehow brings that inner peace in one’s soul, the quiet of the moment, fervent prayers uttered, the beauty of the Now.
A niece who is vacationing in France sent me some photos of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris and these is one of them. She knows that I love subjects like this and she told me, “I took those photos for you auntie”. She hasn’t shared it on other social media sites, she said I could use them any way I want, be it on my blog or as personal collection. Thank you Annabelle.
I am imagining myself right there at this moment, reflecting about life, its beauty and its angst while watching the flames sway and dance.
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Posted in Faith, Happy 2014, inspiration, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on July 8, 2016 |
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Poised to spread her wings
ready for flight
wanting to explore and discover
what life is all about,
But she is shivering in the cold
and wet morning.
Time would be kind enough
And let the sun show its face
so she could fly.
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There is this new feature on Facebook going on for I think about a year now. It’s called On this Day which they feature every day to remind you of what shout outs you previously wrote on your wall. I chanced upon this, a short write-up on writing which I posted four years ago.
Using puff-words (using big words to sound smart) does not always mean you are a good writer. It’s not too uncommon for us to substitute words or phrases that strike us as fancier or smarter for simpler ones. It does not define that you are a good writer that way, what is more important is you get your message across simply and easily, walang palabok, as they say.
It earned a lot of comments from my writer friends who also think that “a good piece of literature is one that uses everyday words in a way that encourages the reader’s mind to clearly envision the idea that the writer is trying to impart, not how much ‘highfalutin’ words the writer knows”.
I was lucky to get hold of a lovely book On Writing by Stephen King which I blogged about here a long time ago. To summarize it, another friend said, just KISS which means “keep it simple sweetheart”. She might have joked about its meaning but I also believe that in all things, simplicity is beauty.
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