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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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May 25, 2008



i know a lot of folks who chose (or acted) to be different as soon as they landed on US soil, more so when they became citizens. some "were" even close friends of mine. I don't understand what made them so, nor will I ever. Maybe I'm an exception, but I remain the same idealistic pinoy whose loyalty just happened to have an added twist. I'm proud of my US citizenship but am more proud of my heritage and what I have become because or inspite of it. I'll always be Pinoy first!

Congratulations Gigi, and what perfect timing, this year being a national election year. Hint: check your voter registration with your local registrar ahead of time. You don't want to find out you're unlisted right on election day! It was very disappointing when it happened to me.


I still remember the first day at work after my wedding, when the phone rang and my co-worker called out to me, "It's your husband." My breath caught in my throat and the realization crashed down on me that I was MARRIED - it was a funny to feel so different and yet still the same. And though I wasn't a citizen yet at that time, I finally felt safe, married to an American, no longer afraid of being thrown out of the country. It took me 5 years to apply for citizenship, only because I didn't realize I could do it earlier and I didn't really care, but I do like being able to vote - since then I've only missed one election, that was the California primary (I'm registered independent). Though I have yet to serve on a jury, I wouldn't mind experiencing it at least once.


Dennis - I got my postcard verifying I was registered but I'll take your advice and check anyway. I'd hate to find out I wasn't when it was already too late. Thanks for the tip!

Anna - I guess the beef I have with jury duty is that they pay you something like five bucks a day -- which nowadays barely covers a gallon of gas! Although I suppose if it were for a really interesting case, I might not mind so much.

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  • LISTEN: "Pluto" by Chamsom


    I don't have to understand Korean to love this song, although I think it's about a person who was in a rocky relationship that ended but still feels deeply for her former lover and is feeling lonely tonight. "You're like a little star that's far away from me and keeps disappearing." I suppose the title -- Pluto used to be known as the ninth planet from the sun but now isn't even considered one -- might provide a bit more context to the song's meaning. Spotify


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