Staying Centered

“God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta * * * I am on job search site again at 5 in the morning, trying to find another job. Honestly, it’s been so hard to get up at 4 in the morning to go to…

How Wonderful

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank On writing about equality and fairness of the quality of the human life in her essay “Give!”, Anne Frank had this inspiring message to give to the world. She found hope in that everyone, great and small,…

At the Conclusion of the Year of Faith

Winter has never been my best month, but this winter, the season is well with my soul. I didn’t mean to fall asleep at the Eucharistic Adoration. I almost think it was Jesus who knew that I was tired gave me sleep. I dozed for a mild sleep-like rest, my body reduced to a small…

One Redemptive Afternoon

It was an unusually warm day for the late fall season. Eunice, my niece, was playing while my dad was trying to fix my sister’s TV. He was taking parts apart, and Eunice was clearly an obstacle for his grand project. The living room was dark, in contrast to the bright warm late Autumn day….

Do You Know?

  I met a woman who now bears the pain of losing her own child. She married a man she loved a year ago. I bet these newly weds had no idea that they will be standing in their daughter’s funeral a year later. It’s the same season, and the same cold November wind, but…

The Playground

I do a quick math as I run down my memory lane. This is my third winter here that I am staying for the whole season. I’ve often cried right here in this very spot shivering in the winter coolness. Every morning, I woke up with heaviness in my heart, cloudiness in my brain, and…

You Can Dream

* * * What’s old is haunting us like an old ghost in a haunted house. Try clinging to what’s past and pretty soon you will find yourself haunting the old house like an old spooky ghost.  Today begins like a new day I’ve never lived before. Red autumn leaves right outside my window are…

Love Awakened among Us

When love is awakened, watch out. It will make you weep. It will sweep you up and take you to a place unknown. But, be not afraid. It is a promised land you are entitled to enter.   To those who loved much, much love will be given. If you have loved a thousand times…

Don’t Ever Give Up

It was thursday, exactly one week after I wrote down that prayer for my writing career. It was the last drink I made on that thursday, a Chai tea latte, and the first one on that day that a customer returned  because something was not right with the drink. “I think something is not right…

An Advice from a Writer

When asked if she had any advice for emerging writers in the interview with Washington Post, Joyce Carol Oates simply answered, “Frankly, no.” Then she added the following by the prodding of the interviewer. “The only worthwhile advice is the most general: keep trying, don’t give up, don’t be discouraged, don’t pay attention to detractors.”…