A Mother’s Day Special

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.

Sa Ugoy ng Duyan

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.

 

From the Shadow of Failure

“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”

Dealing with Rudeness

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.
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4 Big Lessons I Learned as an English Language Teacher

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”

On Reinventing Oneself

“If you are not where you want to be, do not quit; instead reinvent yourself and change your habits.” — Eric Thomas

The topic of reinventing oneself came casually over me – as I went through some previous posts of mine and read my revised “About My Blog” page here. I had thought of just giving up this blog, for it had outgrown its initial purpose.

But time and time again, I would back off and do a little bit of tweaking here and there, just to keep it going even if I have not been able to capture a loyal following. And to see how far it can go, learning to see in what ways my blog can inspire or uplift or share something valuable to readers — beyond merely serving as my personal creative platform. Continue reading “On Reinventing Oneself”

Life Lessons from a Fairy Tale

What is your favorite fairy tale and why?

A long, long time ago, I feasted on fairy tales: Grimm’s, Andersen’s, Aesop fables and Filipino folk tales. And of all the fantastic tales narrated to me, or I myself read, again and again, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs captivated my heart the most. Why? It was simply magical and feeling good.

As a child, I delighted in repeating this fairy tale to my younger siblings come bedtime, and years later as a mother, when my two sons were little, I never tired of reliving this tale to them . Continue reading “Life Lessons from a Fairy Tale”

On Walking in Solitude

In response to an article by Brain Pickings, Walking as Creative Fuel: A Splendid 1913 Celebration of How Solitary Walks Enliven “The Country of the Mind” , here is a thought or two.

Walking in solitude — nice thought! How I so wish I could take up walking as a regular activity.

Yet, I’ve never been much of an active walker, such as described here.

But I remember enjoying my long walks inside the university in my college days, as well as in my years of studying and teaching in another university. Unhurried walks when I wasn’t running for time for my classes or at the end of the day – going back home – were indeed a respite for my tired mind and body. Continue reading “On Walking in Solitude”

A New Year, Life’s Fresh Start

Happy New Year everyone! Life’s fresh start is upon us. May this year bring you more of the good and the best you had last year, and newer, brighter things to come. Blessings to us all!

Make things happen — because everything is possible — with faith in yourself and in God.

Yes ~~ a brand new year is upon us, and it is that time when most of us think of making a fresh start, whether it be in our personal or work life, or in our relationships, or whatever aspect or area of ourselves needing a fresh sweep…. Continue reading “A New Year, Life’s Fresh Start”

9 Nuggets of Wisdom Harvested from Farmville

For some years, I was busy planting crops, fruit trees, vegetables and a rich variety of plants on my moderate-sized farm, which I also surrounded with ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees to make my farm look inviting.

I also raised farm animals, like hens, cows, pigs, horses, and took care of some domesticated animals like cats. Through time, I was able to grow my farm, even building structures inside, until it looked more like an estate fit for royalty. <BIG Laugh> Continue reading “9 Nuggets of Wisdom Harvested from Farmville”

Embracing Aloneness

I enjoy being alone. I’ve gotten used to it by now.

With adult children leading their own busy lives, this is just how my life is. Being alone most of the time.

But because I come from a big family myself, sometimes I can’t help feeling lonely.

I still long for company at mealtimes, or when I feel a conversation with another human being is more palatable than talking with my plants, or the occasional lizard that makes itself visible to me. Continue reading “Embracing Aloneness”