Posted in blogging, book review, guilty pleasures, journeys, tagged blogging, book review, books, Goodreads' 2017 reading challenge, journeys, literature and Fiction, thoughts on April 16, 2017|
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Whether we admit it or not, most of us live our lives on autopilot. We wake at the same hour, go to the same place of work or worship, talk to the same people, eat at the same restaurants, even watch the same TV show….
But sometimes the evolving terrain of life requires us to evolve with it. When those times come, we usually find ourselves quivering on the
The Mistletoe Secret
precipice of change as long as we can, because no one wants to dive into the ravine of uncertainty. No one. Only when the pain of being becomes too much do we close our eyes and leap.
Thus begins the first chapter of Richard Paul Evans’ The Mistletoe Secret. Another book to cherish. It’s my 75th book on Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge. I can relate to this book because the story is about a blogger who feels so alone and lonely and she writes what she feels through a blog. She thought no one cares but there was someone out there who continued to read her blog. This is the premise of the book until the guy decided to look for that blogger and you guess it right…there is a happy ever after, but of course. The story line is simple but it has depth of emotions and feelings. It’s been a long time since I read a book by Richard Paul Evans. His writing style is not that complicated but I love how he delves into life in general and relationships in particular. It’s what I like about RPE’s writing.
I am halfway through my committed books to read for this year, 150 in all. One thing with a new book is that you can’t help but smell the pages and no dog-ears please. Use a book marker. I started reading a few excerpts of Mary Oliver’s Upstream when it was published late last year but now that I have my copy, I will enjoy reading her essays.
What have you read lately?
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Posted in blog update, blogging, books, city gardening, life, literature and Fiction, tagged blogging, Close to Nature, journeys, Lang leav, life, Mary Oliver, poems, silence speaks, thoughts on April 6, 2017|
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PAGASA has finally declared officially yesterday that we are now into summer. They say that we really don’t have summer because we only have two seasons of the year, the dry and the wet. People got used though to calling the dry days and months summer here. It would lasts until probably the last week of May when thunderstorms in the afternoon are regular occurrence. It is not yet that hot within the day but there are almost no clouds in the sky. For those of us who love the beach, it’s time for that much-needed dip. Just don’t forget to have sunblock in your bag. Days would be longer than nights.
Finally too, I am almost done with my gardening job – trimming the grass, weeding and replanting some of my ornamental plants. I haven’t touched anything outside our perimeter wall yet but I guess, the weeds outside our fence need to be uprooted too. They are growing tall and unmanageable. Our Santan plants need trimming too. That would have to be postponed for a while because they are presently in bloom. I love those red flowers, they are lovely under the sun.
I haven’t blogged for two days but I noticed the decline in my views yesterday. It’s down to a little over a hundred compared to the previous five days before that where it reached more than two hundred a day. I remember that those times when I blogged every day were the same days that my stats went up. Really, we are only good as our last post although I noticed that there are some posts that always stay at the top. I have some favorites but they are no longer viewed now. I guess participating in writing one post a day really helps. Back in 2011, I did that but it was never repeated. It was kind of taxing thinking of what to write about every day for the entire year. Maybe in the future I’ll do it again.
I’ve put aside reading for the last three days but I am trying to catch up again with Lang Leav’s poems and Mary Oliver’s thoughts mixed with my fiction books. It is always nice to get to know other people’s thoughts and dreams. I am inspired by their writings. Sometimes I wonder where they get all the inspirations to write those lovely texts. I am envious. I’ve been an admirer of Mary Oliver for so long but I only have two of her books. A friend bought me a copy of Upstream, (my 3rd one) her latest but we haven’t seen each other yet. I read the reviews of the book, read some excerpts from it and I am really looking forward to have that book on hand. I follow her on Facebook that is why I am updated. I like almost all of her poems but this one is a favorite. Would love to share it you. It’s called Wild Geese.
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
It is summer now, let me correct that, it’s the beginning of the dry season here. Would just love to enjoy the sun and reading.
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I don’t know what really happened. My supposed to be blog post published itself without any write-up. Funny, I just have to delete and put it to trash.
I just remember, today is the 12th death anniversary of St. Pope John Paul 11. He died last April 02, 2005. I have blogged about him in the past more than I care to admit. He is my favorite figure in the Catholic church.
My goodness, I lost most of my uploaded e-books on my tab. My device storage is almost full. My tab won’t take additional photos although I deleted most on my Viber app. There are so many pre-loaded apps on the phone that you cannot erase including Facebook. The SD card loaded here hasn’t been loaded yet so my son transferred all my e-books to it but along the way, some of them won’t copy and import. I lost my down loaded classic books of all things. Those that remained were mostly historical fiction and some short stories and poems. Even my memoir books were lost in the process. I have to go online again and buy or maybe get to those free books online. Maybe when I am not that busy, I would find those books again. I really wonder what happened, now I have lots of free space on my tab, both on the device and SD card. Aldiko e-reader is not that nice on the SD card. It shows the title but I cannot arrange the books in alphabetical order, both author and book titles. I wonder why.
Books are that important to me. I cannot live without them. Although I have so many volumes accumulated on our shelves since typhoon Ondoy back in 2009, I still crave for more. My son tells me I am a book addict. When you find it a joy to hoard, (yes the word is HOARD) books that maybe a book addiction. I haven’t read all of them yet. There are still too many on my TBR list. There are authors that I like. Richard Paul Evans is one. I even have an album on the quotes lifted from his books that I copied and pasted from Facebook. Rosamunde Pilcher and Diana Gabaldon are nice historical reads. Robert Fulghum is a favorite too. I love his practical approach on life depicted in his writings. Tuesdays with Morrie and The Little Prince are on my shelves so with Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I find them inspiring and the messages they evoke are timeless.
April is just beginning and I just finished 43% of my reading challenge on Goodreads. Hopefully, I’ll finish earlier than December 31st.
Are you a reader? What are your favorite books?
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Posted in family life, journeys, life, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings, tagged family life, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on March 30, 2017|
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Gosh, it is the end of the month again and I’m like “where have all the days gone?” Time flies so fast and before we know it, another month is gone.
March has been a little active socially , that is. We’ve attended a wedding, Nate’s graduation and a dinner at Dampa Seaside. It is always a thrill to see relatives and friends who you haven’t gotten in touch with for quite a while. It is always nice to bond with one’s family and enjoy some moments singing together in a karaoke bar belting your heart out for a favorite song. It is always lovely to see other places aside from the four walls of the house. I am not complaining, it’s just that I seldom go out with friends nowadays. It is always church, market, grocery store, malls and a monthly visit to my internist. It is more on being online to update my blog on WordPress and to update my shout outs on Facebook. It is most of the time holding a book in my hands or reading a story on my tab. I do enjoy those quiet moments though, they are quite precious to me.
I am thinking of buying a camera. My recent Canon Ixus is dying. The screen is dark at the edges and I haven’t taken any photo for the last six months or so. It is always Nissa who sends me those lovely shots in her expensive cellphone. I miss taking shots of my garden blooms. I also miss gardening but sometimes it is so hot even in the late afternoon with nary a breeze to cool it off. It’s undoubtedly summer now.
It is almost April. Gone are those days when I used to blog about month endings and beginnings. It was a religious undertaking for quite a while. Blogging – sharing life and one’s thoughts in cyberspace. I’ve always enjoyed it, turning my thoughts into a few sentences and writing a post.
There are these apps on other sites linked at Facebook where you are asked to take (just for fun). They tell you who is your best friend in life, what will happen to you in 2017, what you will look like twenty years from now (if you are still alive, that is). Seems as though they know too much of your life based on the things and profile you share on Facebook. I tried one once, about Grammar and I got this result. “You are a PhD”. I laughed. Goodness, I haven’t even taken any graduate studies at that. I finished BSC Economics though almost forty years ago.
When tomorrow comes, we still have lots of thing to share and talk about. We still have those lovely moments to experience, we still have those days to look forward to.
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Posted in journeys, life, my two cents, thoughts, tagged existence, journeys, life, living life and being happy, silence speaks, thoughts on March 27, 2017|
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A proverbial question we all wonder about sometimes.
I have a friend who once felt so down because of her health. When we are at that instance that we feel so helpless with ourselves, we get depressed. And this is so true with having issues with our health. I would like to say, “I’ve been there, done that” but each of us face different challenges every day. Each of us see problems as a glass half-full or half-empty. Our attitude towards everything makes a big difference.
Are you having a life or mere existing?
Our life unfolds right before our eyes. We can choose to be happy or enjoy those little things that to some people are just that, little things. Sometimes though, they make us happy or maybe we just don’t see the values of a moment. We don’t understand how it is to be happy in simple things. A child’s smiles and laughter would always make my day complete. Seeing the morning sun and feeling it right on my face is just lovely. Watching a drizzle and catching it right on the leaves is an enjoyable thing to do. Playing with one’s pets for a few moments is happiness itself.
Learning to do something and making it a hobby is just as rewarding. Back in the 90’s while I was still at the bank, our former boss taught us cross-stitching. That started my joy in collecting different colors of skein thread and always looking forward to see another design to do. I was able to give some cross-stitch frames as gifts to friends and the rest are still hanging in my bedroom. There was also a time when Nissa and I made cellphone holders too. I am trying my hand now at coloring books but then my hands sometimes are not quite steady. Nissa gifted me with two thick adult coloring books a several colored pens and pencils to start with. It is a lovely experience to always learn new things, more so when you have just turned 60 and a senior citizen at that.
Being brave enough to try other things in one’s life speaks of the many, many times you felt hesitant to have a hair cut, You’ve been used too long with a wavy and somewhat long tresses that you are afraid to try new hairdo. Yes, it’s one brave thing to do.
Saying yes to people and learning to say no too in the process. Are you always this kind of person who says yes all the time but doesn’t mean half of it? Or are you that someone who honestly can turn down something and learn to say no? When you think it is not good for you or you are brave enough to try something new. It has always been a touch and go for many of us. We always wonder about the “what if” in our lives.
I love this quote from Steve Maraboli.
“When you are just EXISTING, life happens to you… and you manage; when you are truly LIVING, you happen to life… and you lead.”
Does life just happens to us or we happen to life? Big questions that sometimes we just ignore. Live life and be happy.
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I spent the morning cleaning up e-mails on my Yahoo mails. Most of them (in thousands) are comments and like notifications from WordPress. I decided to change my Discussion Setting so I won’t have to be notified thru e-mail when I get likes and comments from the site, after all, WordPress has its own notifications once you receive the former. For new posts of the blogs I follow, I have my reader feed which is always up to date with them. It was quite hard to delete each page of the e-mails since I receive other e-mails too aside from the ones at WordPress so I just chose which to delete.
It’s the same thing with Facebook which is lot busier than my blogs at WordPress. Facebook is updated all the time in minutes and in seconds even. My reader feed is full of notifications sometimes. Unlike WordPress, I get a summary of postings made at Facebook. I could no longer remember how it was done before when I opened my account at the site. Here’s the funny thing, I have to retrieve my Yahoo account through my cellphones. I can’t remember I’ve been using the old password to log in. My goodness, I have changed it last December (senior moments to the max). Good thing though I’ve written all my passwords except those I frequently use every day. I haven’t logged in to may Yahoo account close to three months now, yes, until today. Just imagine!
Wow, WordPress has changed the colors of its buttons again. I can now see a bright red one on Publish and when you click the Dashboard, it is all red too. Sometimes you just can’t keep up. I prefer using the old thing as against the new buttons for adding a blog. It is hard to edit the new one. Believe me, sometimes no matter how careful you are in typing, there are always missed words or words which are not supposed to be there at all. Editing one’s post is a bit hard too because all along you thought you have typed the correct word but you have substituted it with new ones. There is always a reminder in the proofreading box that you are not supposed to use passive words which I think is inevitable.
I have finally updated my newest blog (it’s more than a year now) this morning. I usually have photos and a bit of text there. Please visit it if you have time. It’s called Dreams Never End.
How is your blogging adventure?
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