Back in the Philippines

We are back in the Philippines. The word spread quickly from the moment the first child saw Deo’s vehicle pull through the IFL gate.  We were exhausted from the 23-hr. trip and the traffic-laden ride back from Manila, but adrenaline kept us unpacking. Little knocks began.  They needed to see… Continue reading

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Brave Mother

OPEN LETTER TO A BRAVE MOTHER This letter was written to my friend who just underwent a double mastectomy for cancer.  Thankfully, there was no cancer found in her lymph nodes.  She gave me permission to post the letter… Brave mother, Your letter just before surgery expressed that you wept… Continue reading

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Hope Moon

Hope Moon. “I don’t see it.” I tell the man. “It’s there.  The clouds are covering it,” he explains. “How can you be sure?” “It’s right above the sunset.” He searches in the binoculars.  It takes him only a few seconds to find the very new moon – Day 2.… Continue reading

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Tacking

Tacking. Instead of tacking, I prefer a straightforward, timely arrival from point A to point B.  But the wind doesn’t “push” the sail, I’m told.  It “pulls” it.  When the wind is contrary to sailing in a straight line or even when it comes towards you from the same direction… Continue reading

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The Two R’s in February

The Two R’s in February. My little first grader came home with a list of the months of the year to memorize.  He was repeating them to me in their order and spelling them.  I corrected him with his mistaken spelling of the second month. He pronounced it again with… Continue reading

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