This week’s photo challenge of The Daily Post asks us for photos of “liquid in whatever state, shape, or color ” — and here is my take on it.
Mother’s Day is just a week away, and I ask myself, what could be a fitting way to honor and give tribute to my beloved Mom this year? It’s been four years since she’s been gone, but I still miss her dearly.
So I’ve thought of sharing a roundup of some of my previous pieces I wrote about my mother, as my Mother’s Day Special. Here they are:
Leftovers: Cherished Thoughts of Yesterday – This is my first piece about Mom. Sadly, over two months later, she passed without this reaching her.
How I wish I had let her read this soon after I wrote it, so she would know I finally understood the reason behind her “penchant for collecting, never discarding, her old stuff,” a bone of contention between us sometimes.
Loving Me, Loving Mom, Loving God – my tribute to my Mom’s strong influence on me, her “passion for living, for she indeed was a woman oozing with confidence and grit…”
When Death Gently Waits, God’s Grace Suffices – My way of making sense of her death and a description of my Mom’s strong, unwavering faith in God, persisting until the end even when pain overwhelmed her physical being. “That was the start of her final days here on earth, and Death waited for her gently until she was ready for her purification … her grace from God…”
As a finale, here is the best loved Filipino lullaby, “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan,” an immortal song that never fails to move to tears anyone like me who loves and misses their mother.
The meaning of the Tagalog phrase “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan” in the literal sense is “In the Rocking of the Cradle.” The song’s official English title is “The Sway of the baby Hammock.” This is a Filipino lullaby, the most popular collaboration of two National Artists of the Philippines: Lucio San Pedro for the music and Levi Celerio for the lyrics. Read more at Wikipedia
What fond memories or stories do you have about your mothers? I’d love to hear from you , dear readers. Do share them here.
“I work continuously within the shadow of failure. For every novel that makes it to my publisher’s desk, there are at least five or six that died on the way.” – Gail Godwin
Failure is part of the human experience. No one is immune from it, not even the great ones. The most important thing is how to let failure pave the way to a new beginning.
I remember that one time early on in my teaching career when I thought I was doing fine, until a student of mine pointed out that she was not learning much from me. Continue reading “From the Shadow of Failure”
In response to this week’s photo challenge on The Daily Post: Lines
here are shots I took on our recent trip to a theme park in Tagaytay, the Skyranch…
An English Inspirational Journal is currently going through some changes here and there making it more readable, lean, and organized. It’s a work in progress, as it has always been. But do feel free to browse and hope to hear from you soon my dear readers!
Inspiring quote for the day:
Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.”
Sometimes, we find ourselves dealing with or being in the company of unpleasant people, and it takes some effort to keep our composure. So here in this post, I’d like to share how you can deal with obnoxious people, such as those being rude.
Rudeness is all around. I will mention here at least two general kinds of rudeness.
First, you have those nasty behavior displayed in public, often one you get from total strangers.
Continue reading “Dealing with Rudeness”
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” — Buddha
The above photos are among my random practice shots using manual settings on my simple phone camera, practicing the various tips I’ve been learning from WP’ The Daily Post. In these photos, I experimented with different light and exposure compensation settings. I also tried to come up with the so-called “studio look.” Just here enjoying the process of learning as I trek a different creative path…
These days, I seldom teach. My days as an English language teacher may not be as active as it used to be. This is so because I’ve moved on to other pursuits, like writing and photography. Yet, I have gained much insight about language teaching, and in this post, I share my 4 important lessons as an English language teacher.
As I reflect on my more than a decade in the field, I’m glad for these precious lessons which any aspiring English (or any) language teacher can also benefit much from. Continue reading “4 Big Lessons I Learned as an English Language Teacher”