So long, 2020!

Someday, 2020 will make sense. As the year draws to a close, there are a few pre-pandemic “lasts” to remember. Last movie at a movie theater: “1917” on Feb. 2 — Glad I saw it in a theater on a big screen. At the theater I often go to, there is rarely a big crowd forContinue reading “So long, 2020!”

‘The War Prayer’ by Mark Twain

It seemed like a good idea to bring your attention to this piece of writing that Mark Twain wrote in response to the U.S. military intervention against the freedom fighters of the Philippines. It wasn’t published until long after he died. Now in the public domain, “The War Prayer” continues to resonate more than aContinue reading “‘The War Prayer’ by Mark Twain”

‘Some General Ideas About Filipino Communities’

I recently came across the following passage and though it was published in 1909, I suddenly had a feeling it was being written about America in 2019: The ordinary people of the villages think of the town government, not as something that belongs to them and in which they may share and by which theyContinue reading “‘Some General Ideas About Filipino Communities’”

Now listening: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama describes a scene from her first day of school in which the teacher asks each students to try to read flashcards that have color words on them, such as blue, green, orange, and white. Competitive and proud, the young Michelle reads one after another until she gets stumped on white, even though sheContinue reading “Now listening: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama”

Cheers!

Over the holidays, toasts are usually a thing. Often in a lot of languages: Cheers, some say, or L’Chaim, Prost, Sláinte, Salute, Kampai, Salud … and I didn’t know what was said in the Philippines. Here’s the thing: there isn’t a direct translation, because the tradition is different. On Gideon Lasco’s website, he explains howContinue reading “Cheers!”

Review: ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ by Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish has just been nominated for an Emmy for her “Saturday Night Live” hosting duties. OVERJOYED to be nominated for an #Emmy for when I hosted @nbcsnl!!  I might even splurge for a new dress for this one!!  Thank you everyone for your love and support!  #sheready — Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) July 12, 2018Continue reading “Review: ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ by Tiffany Haddish”

Review: ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman’ by Jill Lepore

Wonder Woman came into my life in the form of Lynda Carter in the TV series of the mid-1970s. Not being that into comic books, I didn’t pay her much attention until the Patty Jenkin’s directed film came out last year. The 2017 movie reminded me that Wonder Woman has been a firm part ofContinue reading “Review: ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman’ by Jill Lepore”