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Gentle Whisper

Gentle Whisper

Fond of talking in whispers? Well, don't! Whispering is not healthy. I once overused my vocal chords. The doctor ordered: No talking. No singing. And no whispering. For three straight months! These happened thrice in a space of three years. And with these, a lengthy...

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Can Light Be Dark?

Can Light Be Dark?

Imagine yourself a flashlight. Better yet, a lighthouse. Especially on dark stormy nights, those on boats can find their way back to safety because of you. Lighthouses are built really high—so their bright turning lights, blinking at every 72-second interval—can be...

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Travel Light and Leave Your Baggage

Travel Light and Leave Your Baggage

Travel light. A good reminder, especially if you're a senior. Today's humungous airports are no match to achy-breaky joints. So no more check-in luggage if I can help it. I believe that's equally true in the spirit. Emotional baggage wears you down. But what does one...

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Ways of Wisdom

Ways of Wisdom

Wisdom. What would you pay to gain it? But wisdom is something you can't purchase with gold or a Ph.D. from Harvard. How many seemingly successful people do we know who suck at life and relationships? Because God alone is the source of wisdom. With it, He too gives...

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Why Must it Always be the Children?

Why Must it Always be the Children?

I write this piece not because of any political or ideological conviction. I'm posting this because I believe that every life is precious. Each one counts because life is from the Creator Himself; so no one, powerful or downtrodden, rich or needful, has a right to...

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Laminated and Barcoded

Laminated and Barcoded

A lot of stuff happens because they should. An egg can't be an egg apart from its shell. Onions would be blah without their skin. A fetus won't thrive outside the amniotic sac in its mommy's womb. Skin covers us from the elements like the sun's rays and microbes. I...

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Whatevering

Whatevering

What's your go-to word when you want to say something but run out of words? Mine? "Whatever." The Bible offers a whatevering alternative: Philippians 4:8 "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is...

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Worship

Worship

Will you allow me a bit—just a tiny bit—of self-indulgence? I love to sing. Always have. Always will. I'll probably be eternally singing. And that's no joke. But read on. In high school, circa nineteen kopong-kopong (a long long time ago), I dreamt of being a Broadway...

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Too, Too Much

Too, Too Much

Information. They're right up there, swirling in the internet etherworld—accessible with just a few clicks on your smartphone. Type your keywords and voila, any topic you want to research pops up. They’re so many you'd have a hard time deciding which to explore. FB...

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Shapeable, Moldable

Shapeable, Moldable

"Bote!" "Garapa!" "Dyaryo!" Shouted by a cart-pushing Chinaman going around our Manila neighborhood, these words woke me up most mornings when I was a kid—bagong-saltang probinsyana (fresh from the province, Sampaloc, Quezon) getting used to life in Manila. This was...

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