The Pressures that Shape Us

I was at the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming yesterday and marveled at the beauty of everything in it--the wildlife (we saw a few elk, bears, bisons, and a stuffed moose!), the geysers, the gorgeous lake, and the magnificent terrain. The picture on the right shows what is called the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone." You … Continue reading The Pressures that Shape Us


The Big One: Prepare and Pray

The "Big One" refers to the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that could hit Metro Manila if the West Valley Fault moves. It is the worst-case scenario for the 100-kilometer fault that runs through six cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Four major earthquakes have taken place over the West Valley Fault in the last 1,400 years, with … Continue reading The Big One: Prepare and Pray

We easily notice what we don’t have

My mind is wired to spot what's missing. I have this tendency to focus on what I don't have instead of being thankful for all that I have. And I'm sure there are many others like me. We struggle with discontentment. For example: You walk into a beautiful wedding ceremony, and moments later, you notice … Continue reading We easily notice what we don’t have

The Miss Universe 2016 fever continues to rage in the Philippines. There seems to be a never-ending stream of comments on Maxine Medina's response to the question, "What is the most significant change you've seen in the last 10 years?" Maxine had only a few seconds to come up with a response. The rest of … Continue reading

Blessed Subtractions

I just trimmed the bougainvilleas in our front lawn. It looks messy and ugly now--just like any other plant when you trim or prune it. But wait for a couple of months and you'll see the beauty resulting from this trimming. As you start the new year, your life might need some trimming. Some things … Continue reading Blessed Subtractions

The Best Deal of the Season

I was at the mall yesterday, two days before Christmas. It was full with people doing their last-minute shopping. They all seem to have a lot of money, and retailers know how to encourage shoppers to spend those last few pesos in their pockets. We see enticing deals like "Up to 70% off on selected … Continue reading The Best Deal of the Season

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Our Selfie Worldview

A few days ago, I was in this Uber car. I like using Uber because Uber drivers are normally excellent political analysts. And this particular driver asked some very penetrating questions as we talked about current events: “Why aren't we united?” “Why don't we care for each other?” “Why can't we set aside our self-interests?” … Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Our Selfie Worldview