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Ayuda in the time of COVID: Fact or Myth?

Ayuda in the time of COVID: Fact or Myth?

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR OTHERS?” –Martin Luther King, Jr. Ayuda – a Filipino term which literally means “help” or “assistance” – was derived from the Spanish

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Refraction, Digression, and Reflection

Refraction, Digression, and Reflection

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

“Life is like a refraction; sometimes it is towards the normal and sometimes it is away from the normal, depending on the various medium of life’s journey.” –Neelanjan Roy (Jadavpur University, Dept. of Production

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Hi, Ho! What’s in a Greeting?

Hi, Ho! What’s in a Greeting?

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

It was just Valentine’s day the other day and there were those, due to the limitations of the pandemic, I surmise, celebrated the occasion somewhat creatively. There were those who probably chose to just

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The Love Equation

The Love Equation

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”–Victor Hugo This article may be considered a cliché; it might even be

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Positive Thinking Is What We Need

Positive Thinking Is What We Need

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

(Especially in These Trying Times) “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”—Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential

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The Art of Squirming Out of a Rut

The Art of Squirming Out of a Rut

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

“The beginning is always today.”—Mary Shelley Contrary to the positive vibe that 2020 was predicted to carry based on the Chinese Horoscope (because it was a double number), the unforeseen disaster such as the

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I’ll Always Be Grateful

I’ll Always Be Grateful

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”—Alfred North Whitehead Gratitude is the appreciation and thankfulness expressed towards others for their

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The Nature of Kindness

The Nature of Kindness

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

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Strength in the Face of Adversity

Strength in the Face of Adversity

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

“The oak fought the wind and was broken; the willow bent when it must and survived.” — Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven / The Wheels of Time Series (1993) Resilience, in human abilities,

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The Persistence of Time

The Persistence of Time

Kathryn Valladolíd Ebrahim

“Time it could have been so much more Time is precious I know And time has nothing to show Because time won’t give me time And time makes lovers feel like they’ve got something

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