Treasure: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge asks us to identify:  What do we treasure?  What is most important to us?  Self’s answer, judging from the pictures she decided to post today, are:  memories, her garden, and her native country.

The Lovely Ladies at Daku Balay.  Last time self saw them, their uniforms were brown.  Self thinks blue is much more flattering.

The Lovely Ladies at Daku Balay. Some of them have been working for the family corporation for 30 years.  Last time self saw them, their uniforms were brown. Self thinks blue is much more flattering.

Hydrangea macrophylla "Pink Elf," the first hydrangea self ever purchased -- from Redwood Nursery, 15 years ago

Hydrangea macrophylla “Pink Elf,” the first hydrangea self ever purchased — from Redwood Nursery, 15 years ago

Memento from a Philippine Beach -- Maybe Bohol, Maybe Dumaguete

Memento from a Philippine Beach — Maybe Bohol, Maybe Dumaguete

Selecting these photographs put self in *quite* the nostalgic mood, dear blog readers.  Oh, the feelz!

Stay tuned.

How To Read: BLGF, pp. 799 – 800

Self loves reading early in the morning, because the day hasn’t closed in yet, and so many new ideas pop into her head as she reads.  It’s different at night.  She’s tired, her brain is fogged up with everything she’s seen and done that day.

Self is gradually resuming her reading of the 1,000-plus pages of BLGF.  The only way to get through it is to skip.  Self would never do this with any other book.  But this book weighs at least 10 lbs. And moreover is due back to the library in a few days.  And self has used up all her allowed renewals.

She had to leave it behind when she went to LA to visit son.  Then, Read the rest of this entry »

The 10 Books Self Keeps Near

Self loves surveys of reading habits.

This one’s from Kepler’s Books Facebook page:

Name at least five books you’d keep near.

Self can’t possibly keep it to five.

Here are the 10 books self keeps near (on a shelf right above her MacMini):

  1. 50 Stories From Israel:  An Anthology, edited by Zisi Stavi
  2. The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene
  3. Myths and Symbols:  Philippines, by F. R. Demetrio, S.J.
  4. Drive-By Vigils, by R. Zamora Linmark
  5. National Geographic’s Field Guide to the Trees of North America
  6. Going Home to a Landscape:  Writings by Filipinas, edited by Marianne Villanueva and Virginia Cerenio
  7. Pinoy Capital:  The Filipino Nation in Daly City, by Benito M. Vergara
  8. Another Kind of Paradise:  Short Stories From the New Asia-Pacific, edited by Trevor Carolan
  9. Flannelgraphs, by Joan McGavin (Met Joan at Hawthornden, which was part of the reason self enjoyed Scotland so much)
  10. If I Write You This Poem, Will You Make It Fly, by Simeon Dumdum, Jr.

Lists are fluid; the books rotate per self’s mood.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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