A Story for Dani

I’m lucky to have a little sister like Dani. Today, she turned 10. When she was born, my dad said that she would be the new and improved Patricia, just to annoy me. I rolled my eyes and scoffed then, but looking at her now, I can’t help but be amazed at how smart, creative, and … More A Story for Dani

What 2015 Taught Me

So, another year has come. I keep thinking about what to say, what words would aptly describe the rollercoaster ride that was 2015. Overwhelming? Surprising? Unpredictable? But really, all of these could easily apply to the years prior to this one. Thinking about it now I realize that if I could pick just one word, it … More What 2015 Taught Me

The Work of Christmas

A kid’s Christmas is the best version of Christmas. It’s bright, sparkly, magical, and just plain wonderful. The holidays bring an abundance of the most joyous things in life.  There are stockings to be filled, candies to be eaten, and presents to be opened. Parols. Simbang Gabi. Tsokolate. Bibingka and Puto Bumbong. Carols. Overflowing food! I remember how … More The Work of Christmas

In Medias Res

We’re nearing the end of the year, and I’m surprised at how quickly 2015 rolled by. I was looking through my files and found this set of photos from Nagsasa Cove. I travelled with my friend, Mary, in the middle of the year, back when we were both dealing with/running away from heartbreak. I’m not … More In Medias Res

Quiet Places

These were taken in a church in Alburquerque, Bohol, our last stop before retiring from an exhausting countryside tour. This wasn’t part of the itinerary. My companions, who were in the province three years ago for field work, wanted to stop by to see what has become of one of their favorite churches. Most of … More Quiet Places