A Poem Two Sundays Before Christmas (2014)

Self found this in the latest issue of The New York Review of Books:

excerpt from IN THE DARK

by Edwin Frank

Further information is sure to be
forthcoming, but for now
our one
recourse is
to wait, and we,

we have been,
we have been waiting now
for a very long time
for something
to become clear, although

everything remains
unclear. The light,
even the light is —
dim like the light in a basement — and these
shambolic trees

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

To Help Medicins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders

In this season of giving, where every delivery of mail brings requests for donations, naturally self feels she has to be rather sparing about her charity (First of all, her 1998 Nissan Altima broke down again). But here’s one organization that self feels absolutely no doubt about supporting:  Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders — Her first December in Bacolod, 2010, they occupied a whole floor of L’Fisher Chalet.

Self saw these doctors (whom she mistook for tourists) on the rooftop restaurant of the hotel and was casting all sorts of nasty aspersions on their motives for being in Bacolod.

Then she found out from one of the L’Fisher Chalet staff that the people she had assumed were tourists were actually doctors. In fact, the staff assumed self was a doctor, too. She also found out that Doctors Without Borders comes every year, that the doctors stay for a month, that they go out into the poorest villages and provide free medical care. And they’ve been doing this for a while.

They were in west Africa to deal with the Ebola crisis (and more than one did end up contracting Ebola themselves).

They were in the Philippines during Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, bringing their inflatable hospitals to reach typhoon survivors in the most isolated, hard-hit regions.

87.4% of donations goes towards medical programs.

They were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.


Twinkle 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge this week urges us to “share with us your photos of twinkling light.”

Here goes:

One of Hundreds of Christmas Ornaments Self Has Collected Over the Years

One of Hundreds of Christmas Ornaments Self Has Collected Over the Years

Another From Self's Collection of Tree Ornaments (None of them Match)

Another From Self’s Collection of Tree Ornaments (None of them Match)

And here’s a picture self took when she visited Chicago in October. It’s the interior of Mooh Dulce (2602 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago), an art gallery which is also the site for America’s oldest Filipino American Theater Company (founded earlier even than Michael Shannon’s The Red Orchid Theater!), Circa Pintig. Much thanks to poet Angela Narciso Torres for hosting self in Chicago and taking her to see Conrad A. Panganiban’s collection of linked one-acts, Apat.

Waiting for Circa Pintig's Apat to begin: Chicago, Mooh Dulce Art Gallery, October 2014

Waiting for Circa Pintig’s Apat to begin: Mooh Dulce Art Gallery, Chicago, October 2014

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Because Whole Treatises Could Be Written on Fan Fiction Hunger Games AU!

Self has just seen “Exodus.” Yeeees. Hard to believe, but she actually followed up watching “Birdman” (Thursday, at the height of the storm) with watching “Exodus.”

Although let’s not kick around Christian Bale. He’s about the best we have to play such roles. Bale is a real journeyman actor. Whatever role he agrees to play, he goes for it Read the rest of this entry »

Coming Up 2015!

  • Being in Mendocino as Writer-in-Residence, starting January. Giving a whole bunch of readings and teaching a workshop on travel writing (offered through the Mendocino Art Center). Reading at the invitation of the California Writers Club, Feb. 18!
  • Visiting Valerie Miner’s Stanford class, early February!
  • Having Drew Hemenger’s “Marife Suite” (based on self’s novella Marife) performed by Hampshire Symphony on March 14, 2015. Seeing friends in New York afterwards!
  • Having a piece come out in Witness’s Translation issue (March 2015)!
  • Attending AWP in Minneapolis and seeing ex-Assumption classmates!
  • Reading with fellow Stanford Creative Writing Program Alum at Redwood City Public Library (Downtown Branch) in May!
  • Self also intends to start her New Year’s reading with a bang: reading George Eliot’s Silas Marner and Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn. Right now, she’s about halfway through William Maxwell’s short novel (or novella) So Long, See You Tomorrow; she is loving it so much.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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