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Avoidance of Relevance.

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Did you know UP is as American as apple pie?UP, the University of the Philippines got its new Charter in April 29 and celebrated its Centennial in June 18, Manila time. Too young to matter much, too old to matter more. A loyal UP graduate, I did not attend the celebration of the Centennial of my alma mater at UP Diliman in Quezon City. I forgot. You can’t blame me: I’m 68. A fool too old to mind. Now that UP is 100 years old, is it any wiser, or is it just another old fool?Inadvertently, my absence at the Centennial celebration turned out to be a case of my avoidance of irrelevance. And so still I feel good, as otherwise I, graduate of UP Los Baños, would have had to witness those 100 naked UP Diliman play boys running the gauntlet of male and female starers and see-and-tellers gathered on campus. Flights of flesh, flights of fancy. The flesh was willing, the flesh was weak. They called it the ‘Oblation Run’ (Marlon Ramos, inquirer.net). Were the 100 play boys all from UP? Nobody coul…

Miracle Cancer Cure.

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It’s been found, within everybody’s reach!It’s an American discovery you may have missed. Wendy Bumgardner reports March 20, 2008, ‘Miracle Cure Found’ for breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, stroke, and for a long life. It’s non-selective, as it is equally effective no matter the weather; it works whatever your age; it does not discriminate according to religion or race; it treats the sexes fairly. I’ll call it the Wonder for Wellness. It’s available everywhere. It’s a miracle. It’s perfect!Do you believe that? Excuse me while I take a purposeful walk. I’ll be back in 30 minutes.What is it? It’s what AAPSM (American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine) calls exercise walking (ANN, author not named, aapsm.org), what Tina Juan differently calls speed walking(tinajuanfitness.info).Everybody else calls it brisk walking. This becomes a study in contrast: While a podiatrist specializes on the study of the human foot and the human foot only, brisk walking benefits the who…

7 tips to live to 100

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I’m reading on the Internet right now Ms Lisa Mulcahy’s article ‘3 tips for how to live to 100’ that appears in Glamour’s May 15 issue (shine.yahoo.com). The advice is:(1) ‘Get creative at work.’ What does ‘creative’ mean? Lisa says it means anything you do that you find interesting, ‘lets you develop new skills.’ I define it as anything that requires you to think differently, to think new things, to approach something in a new perspective, to make a paradigm shift. If you want more tips for creative thinking especially if you are a writer, visit my blog 'The Frankenstein Mindster.'
(2) ‘Make sure you cover the basics.’ Lisa mentions the eating of fruits and vegetables daily, being active, not smoking, drinking in moderation, moderate exercise (30 minutes most days of the week).(3) ‘Do something fun.’ Find something to make you feel ‘happy, excited or content’ – that is, ‘make plans to do anything that’ll get you smiling.’Interestingly, Leonard Poon, Director of the University …

Cheaper medicines for Filipinos? Naturally!

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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law today, June 6 Manila time, Republic Act 9502, the ‘Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008’ while visiting Santa Cruz, Laguna (ANN, author not named, abs-cbnnews.com). The law is expected to ‘that will cut down high prices of medicines in the country.’This new law ‘aims to bring down the price of medicines by encouraging more competition in the local market through parallel importation of cheaper but quality drugs’ (Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, inquirer.net). With the Generics Law and the new law, ‘We have completed, I believe,’ GMA said, ‘our legislative reforms in bringing affordable medicines to the people.’ However, Surigao del Sur Representative Philip Pichay says RA5092 was rendered ‘practically useless’ because of the removal of the ‘generics only’ provision (ANN, May 8, inquirer.net). Indeed, according to the new law, physicians may prescribe non-generic drugs. It is well-known, of course, that non-generic …

My Cheshire Cat.

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Maria Sue Chapman, Your Little Miss Laughter
This is to say Goodbye to Daughter and say Hello to Laughter. With a touch of Alice in Wonderland. ‘Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,’ thought Alice, ‘but a grin without a cat!It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!’ And now, a grin without a girl! Here is the smile without Maria.Wikipedia says Alice in Wonderland is an ‘abbreviated title’ to British author Lewis Carroll’s ‘work of literary nonsense.’ Nonsense! I say. That is missing the whole point. It is like saying the abbreviated life of Maria Sue Chapman has been nonsense. It is the laughter that makes sense of it all that is Alice. It is the laughter that makes sense of it all that is Maria.I insist on bidding ‘Goodbye’ and saying ‘Hello.’ ‘All Maria wanted was to laugh,’ she says, amidst laughter. ‘She wanted us to laugh.’ This is the mother speaking, Mary Beth Chapman, at her youngest girl, Maria’s memorial service at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn…

From Hello to Goodbye.

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JAC My Friend, The Visitor, The Moth
I visited a friend, big man Jeremias A Canonizado (JAC to many of us) at the Los Baños Doctors Hospital at Grove on May 27 Tuesday at about 1500 hours Manila time; he was confined at Rm 413 and the doctor’s order was to limit visitors at any one time to 2. There were 5 or 6 of them inside the room aside from JAC. Nobody was paying attention to the doctor’s orders.I had learned by email that he was at the hospital from Felix ‘Jun’ C Joaquin, a nephew of JAC now residing in California. He told me about the lymphoma, but you know me, I’m the eternal optimist. So I was going to visit JAC to convince him to try some natural medicine. I was thinking: Evenwhen the doctors give up, we shouldn’t.I had not seen JAC for at least 15 years. We had always had a healthy respect for each other, and I knew I was a difficult mind to attend to. I was a smart aleck; I was argumentative – you couldn’t win any argument with me. He was a good man as far as that goes. He h…

God always says Yes.

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But are you listening to the instructions?Every one of us can use a miracle or two, especially of healing. Why doesn’t God answer all our prayers anyway? I have just come to believe in the last few days it’s because we don’t understand God – because we don’t understand Mother Nature, who has been created by God to nurture us all. I'm 68; it's never too late to understand.
You notice the handle-less, stem-less umbrella lying on the ground amid the grass, the cultivated field, the spot of scorched soil, the trees in the background and Mt Makiling in Los Baños in the distance with dark and white clouds defining her – what do you make of it? I just took that photograph this morning, Monday, June 02, about nine. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the photograph – when I shot it I was merely composing, not thinking about any meaning it was suggesting to me – was the thought ‘God cares, Nature cures.’ Of course, I had just created a new blog I call ‘God Cares, Nature Cure…

Jesus cares.

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If you asked for a miracle and God said NoWhen you asked God for your miracle of healing, did he definitely say No? Pity. You should have known you could have asked for that miracle from someone else and he could not have refused! Here’s my little story of how I could say that. I have just been editing (and enriching) a book on the power of faith healing and natural healing. (This book will be quite a story when it comes out: ideated by a Protestant, him, edited by a Roman Catholic, me. We just happen to be open-minded about the whole thing. The Bible is the common ground, as well as Mother Nature.) The author, let’s call him Manuel, had a good list of verses on God’s promises of healing, along with selections from the Old and New Testament about a joyful heart, happy countenance, faith, salvation, Paradise, Adam and Eve, Satan, sin, disease. Some 20 pages of these, but I couldn’t find a how-to: How to invoke the power of God for a miracle of healing? So I said, let’s go back to those…

From Empty to Full.

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Maria asked for a miracle and God said Yes!What about you: did he definitely say No? You should have known you could have asked for that miracle from someone else and he could not have refused! Here’s my little story of how I could say that.I have just been editing (and enriching) a book on the power of faith healing and natural healing. (This book will be quite a story when it comes out: ideated by a Protestant, him, edited by a Roman Catholic, me. We just happen to be open-minded about the whole thing.) The author, let’s call him Manuel, had a good list of verses on God’s promises of healing, along with selections from the Old and New Testament about a joyful heart, happy countenance, faith, salvation, Paradise, Adam and Eve, Satan, sin, disease. Some 20 pages of these, but I couldn’t find a how-to: How to invoke the power of God for a miracle of healing?So I said, let’s go back to those passages and in their context try to discern a how-to, or gain an insight as to what was necessa…