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Snider, Sad Songs and Rowling

Snider, Sad Songs and Rowling

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(A Review of Three Books) After I have dropped off Inna at the hospital where she is working now, I decided to go to Chapters Bookstore at Polo Park to check out new books

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It’s Just a Matter of Quote-and-Quote and Then

It’s Just a Matter of Quote-and-Quote and Then

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(On the Technical Meaning of Plagiarism and on How to Avoid Falling into Its Pitfalls) In light of the controversial issue of plagiarism that is on the limelight in the Philippines these days, because

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Many Canadians Are Friendly; Some Filipinos Are Stupid

Many Canadians Are Friendly; Some Filipinos Are Stupid

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(On the Importance of Quantifying Adjectives in Avoiding Hasty Generalization) “Canadians are friendly.” Do you agree? What about the snobbish or hostile Canadian lady you encountered at Walmart one weekend? Okay, “Canadians are snobbish.”

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John, Tumawa Ka Naman!

John, Tumawa Ka Naman!

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(A Tribute to Some Pioneering Comedians of Philippine Showbusiness) Laughter is the best medicine; and for many decades, Philippine cinema has been healing the masses with its share of remarkable comedians. Since the 1950s,

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And the Journey Began…Again…

And the Journey Began…Again…

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(On Commemorating the Death of a Loved One through Poetry) My maternal grandfather died in 2006. He was 91. I served as his live-in caregiver for almost three years, from my day one in

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For Only when One Is Honest with Oneself Would

For Only when One Is Honest with Oneself Would

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(On Dealing with Feelings of Ambivalence through Poetry) One of the reasons I immigrated to Canada in 2003 was to take care of my late maternal grandfather. I spent almost three years as his

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Speak with Your Eyes with Sublime Sincerity

Speak with Your Eyes with Sublime Sincerity

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(On Poetry Writing as Both an Art and a Skill) Some say that anyone who has a pen and paper and has something to say can write poetry. Yes, true, but only if the

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Happy Mothers’ Day

Happy Mothers’ Day

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(To All Responsible and Loving Mothers in the World) According to Wikipedia, Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated

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Finally, Spr!ng…in Manitoba

Finally, Spr!ng…in Manitoba

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For many people at least here in Manitoba, Spring seems to be their favorite season—both in the literal and figurative sense. Literally, Spring means the weather is not very cold anymore compared with the

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Panahon ng Paghihintáy at Pag-aálinlángan

Panahon ng Paghihintáy at Pag-aálinlángan

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(Reflecting Poetically on Some Recent Past) In 2005, when I was doing mostly nothing but take care of my late maternal grandfather virtually day in and day out, I relied heavily on my literary

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