Gemino “Jimmy” Abad: “Parable of Stones”

The August 2009 issue of Filipinas Magazine contains an article by Yvette Tan on the Read the rest of this entry »

Quote of the Day: NY Times of 23 September 2009

The following quote is from an article by Sabrina Tavernse in today’s New York Times:

“New Wardrobe Brings Freedom to Women in Pakistan’s Swat Valley

When the Taliban took control here in February and forced women into burqas, an epidemic of clumsiness swept this city.  Women began banging into lamp posts.  Nurses fumbled needles.  Many simply stopped going out altogether.

Now the Taliban are mostly gone, driven out by a military operation this summer, and the women of this northern Pakistani city, the largest in the Swat Valley, are returning to public life.  Teachers are back at work, maids are commuting to jobs across town and nurses are giving injections without having to squint through a coarse layer of netting.

Quite an interesting beginning, wouldn’t you say, dear blog readers?

In the same newspaper, on the same page, a little farther down, was this small item:

Pakistan:  Militants Destroy a School for Girls

Islamic militants blew up a girls’ school close to Peshawar, the main city in northwestern Pakistan, on Tuesday, the police said. The school was empty at the time and no one was injured.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Quite a Successful Day

Self is preparing to send out a manuscript for another contest (Yes, hope does spring eternal, and so forth and so on). She was dithering about whether or not it was worth coughing up the contest entry fee, but she was looking through some old letters and there was something from someone praising that very manuscript self had been planning to send! Self then took it as a sign from God and decided that she would mail out her piece (yes, nothwithstanding $25 contest entry fee– GAAAH!) forthwith!

In addition, self got a new rice cooker. It is an eight-cup capacity, bright red and chrome thing (from Read the rest of this entry »

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