Resilient amidst devastation

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My country, the Philippines is located in the so-called Circum-Pacific belt of fire and typhoon thus making it within the bulls-eye hit of catastrophic natural disasters and calamities, e.g. earthquakes as high a magnitude of more than 7, storms, floods, typhoons, and droughts. In a span of 3 days in 2013, the strongest and deadliest typhoon claimed 6,300 lives and left a staggering Php90B worth of damages.

In the deluge of misery amidst devastating losses, our people have been brought down to their knees and cried in overwhelming despair and hopelessness. The aftermath, e.g. harrowing pain of losing their loved ones, their properties, everything that they have worked for reduced to nothing, etc. But with their strong faith in God’s unfathomable mercy and grace, our people’s despair is only temporary.

Their resiliency never completely destroy their resolve to stand back up strong again, picking up the pieces from what is left behind. Nothing, oh nothing will ever break the indomitable spirit of our people. They are blessed with the gift to adapt and quickly recover from every crisis that they are confronted with. They strive to overcome the aftermath of cycles of natural calamities & disasters, even man-made conflicts such as war, facing these challenges one day at a time. They remain resilient in their ability to adjust to prevailing circumstances.

The world is in awe of the resiliency of our people, wondering how they can still manage to smile and laugh even when half of their bodies are plunged in devastating floods. Our people’s courage & heroic service to their fellow men, helping others in need when they themselves need so much assistance have touched the world, and have put a human face to being resilient amidst devastation.

On Wanting, Shame, and Artistic Ambition

On Wanting, Shame, and Artistic Ambition

Thank you for your blog; I read it at a time that I don’t want to write eBooks anymore, as my previously self-published ones (4) are languishing on Amazon! You wrote so eloquently, I could relate to every word you’ve written. It takes enormous courage to keep going when there are only disappointments. As Leigh Mitchell Hodges (1876-1954), journalist and poet says, “Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.” With your inspiration, I pray that my writing will become alive again, that my desire & enthusiasm will get fired up soonest, and that persistent thought of giving up will stop being “a sword of Damocles” hovering over my head!

Sonya Huber

You didn’t get the grant that would have affirmed your talent and promise. You don’t have a book to hold in your hands that would make all this flailing on the page real. You have been immersed in a deep well of inquiry and making, which is sometimes lonely business, and you want to share it for sense of connection it brings, but it’s not ready yet. Some things are deep underground in these dark days, in the process of becoming. Other things out in the world are wicked and wily. To add to the overall sense of doom, the words you love so much are being flung and twisted for the sake of harm, threat, and injury. The world says no.

I have been thinking about ambition, wanting, and rejection—and shame. And I noticed my brain doing something this morning that I had to talk myself out of, so…

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Merry Christmas from Bethlehem.

Merry Christmas from Bethlehem.

I was blessed to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land twice. This experience will remain to be the most unforgettable. To walk the steps of our Lord Jesus Christ is a blessing like no other.

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On this day of celebration around the world, I reminded that a few years ago I had visited the supposed birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem.

Visit Palestine, a sign in a café in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014. Visit Palestine, a sign in a café in Jerusalem. The sign was a reprint of an old historical sign. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014.

Kilometre Zero. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014. Kilometre Zero in Jerusalem, the heart of Christianity, Judaism and a Pilar of Islam. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014.

Geopolitical map of the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Bethlehem, Palestine, 2014. Geopolitical map of the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Bethlehem is only 5 km away from Jerusalem, but the other side of the Separatation Wall in Palestinian Territories. Bethlehem, Palestine, 2014.

Legend of the Geopolitical map of the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Bethlehem, Palestine, 2014. Legend of the Geopolitical map of the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Bethlehem, Palestine, 2014.

Street situation in the old Jerusalem not far from the Western Wall. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014. Street situation in the old Jerusalem not far from the Western Wall. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014.

A prayer in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the center of the Old Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014. A prayer in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the center of the Old Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014.

Scene of devotion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jerusalem, Israel, 2014. Scene of devotion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre…

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