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Crouching Novels, Hidden HotSpots: A Guide to Reading Alone, for People Who Hate Reading

In my radical history, reading books used to bore me. In fact, reading anything was a challenge. My buddies insisted that I had ADD, but I thought that was nonsense. Summer reading became the bane of my existence. The thought of reading three summer books for high school was equivalent to when I studied for […]

March or Die

Today marks seventy-three years since my grandfathers were persecuted by the Japanese at Bataan during World War II. They were forced to march for 65 miles under intense heat and harsh treatment by Japanese guards. My Lolo (the Filipino word for grandfather) survived the entire march; my other Lolo successfully escaped. I pray for them today […]

Nightlife in Ars

I wanted to write about a little town that seems to only have a church, a few little houses, and a simple bakery. And crêpes too. French people love crêpes.  Not-Paris, France I took the train from Lyon and it sucked. Waiting times and trains weren’t too frequent but I had a croissant to help pass […]

Heart in Lyon, L’Hexagone

Girls seem to always banter about Paris…Paris this, Paris that. I’ve been to that city at thirteen years of age, and I frankly didn’t care too much. The Moulin Rouge and their hip McDonald’s  were all that I considered memorable. However, France has other cities that seem to be overshadowed by that Eiffel spire. Now that my […]

Remembering my Dear Old Dachshund

It’s been a year since my dog died. I didn’t even remember. I saw her in a dream last night, and then I recalled that bittersweet morning: Ria’s heart was enlarged and she was compelled to take rapid short breaths in order to live. When my Mom told me what was going on, I left […]