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What Have You Learned Today from Reading?

What Have You Learned Today from Reading?

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(On Making Trivial Things Learned from Literature Important) My being a regular book reader is a major factor in keeping myself updated on various subjects, as well as in giving my paradigms and perspectives

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Her Last Leaf Fell in the Last Days of That Winter

Her Last Leaf Fell in the Last Days of That Winter

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(On Remembering FJ Publishing Editor Rosalinda Cantiveros) I always attribute my having become a columnist at and eventually also the associate editor of the Winnipeg-based community newspaper Filipino Journal to two things—first, my enduring

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Plucking Some Leafs from the Literary Trees of Home

Plucking Some Leafs from the Literary Trees of Home

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(On Books I Acquired in the Philippines during My Recent Vacation There) Every time I’m on a trip or vacation in a distant place, I ensure that I visit bookshops and purchase a number

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What Really Matters Is What You Believe

What Really Matters Is What You Believe

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(On Da Vinci’s Codes and Concerning Criticisms on Similar Controversial Literary Works) {A tribute to one of my favorite authors of this generation, Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949–15 December 2011)} I am yet to

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The Precious Lifeblood of a Master Spirit

The Precious Lifeblood of a Master Spirit

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(On Some More Randomly Selected Books Reviewed) Last issue, I started reviewing books selected randomly from my vast collection. Here are my short reviews of some more books in that collection. 1. The Art

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Each Single Petal Contains a Hundred Words

Each Single Petal Contains a Hundred Words

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(On a Few Randomly Selected Books Reviewed) Starting this issue I will write every now and then short reviews of a number of randomly selected books from my collection of more than a thousand

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It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Super… No! It’s Captain Barbell!

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Super… No! It’s Captain Barbell!

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Perhaps the first-ever superhero, Superman (who debuted in comics in 1938) remains one of if not the most popular superheroes. In the comics world, a superhero is a character with superpowers or special skills

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Doon Po sa Amin, sa Munti Naming Kusina

Doon Po sa Amin, sa Munti Naming Kusina

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(On Some Kitchen Words and Their Corresponding Names in Filipino) The kitchen is many people’s most favorite part of the house, especially for those who love eating or cooking. Why not, when it is

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Santa Claus and Rudolph Are in Town (Of Course! It’s Christmas)

Santa Claus and Rudolph Are in Town (Of Course! It’s Christmas)

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(On Distinguishing Reality from Fantasy yet Still Maintaining the Excitement) A coworker asked me if I encourage my kid to believe that Santa Claus is a real being. I said, no. I prefer to

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What’s the Weather, Mr. Postman?

What’s the Weather, Mr. Postman?

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(On Some Filipino Meteorological and Geographical Terms) Being an archipelago and a tropical country, the Philippines has a national language whose vocabulary is rich in terms about the weather, the land, and the waters.

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