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!”

New poem: ‘A Shooting Star’ in Eye to the Telescope

Thank you to editor Colleen Anderson and Eye to the Telescope for publishing my haiku in Eye to the Telescope Issue 29: The Dark.  If you click on the link, you can scroll to the end to read it. The poem is much shorter than even this blog post. The poem, by the way, wasContinue reading “New poem: ‘A Shooting Star’ in Eye to the Telescope”

In memory of my father

Col. Maximiano “Max” Romualdez Janairo Jr., a man of deep faith and honor, died early Thursday, September 27, 2018, after a long illness surrounded by family at home in Mount Lebanon, Pa. He was 85 years old. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Janairo served in Korea and Vietnam before becomingContinue reading “In memory of my father”

RIP Storify

For the past seven-plus years, I’ve made 34 Storify stories by combining posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to tell stories in different ways. At the time I started, it felt like a great possibility for storytelling in general (check out this Storify) and the future of journalism in particular. Storify will come toContinue reading “RIP Storify”

Thank you, SFPA, for the Rhysling nomination!

My poem “Instructions for Astronauts” has been nominated for a Rhysling Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA)! The poem was originally published in the Mithila Review along with a video produced by Salik Shah that includes my voice reading the poem. The Rhysling nomination means the poem will be published again, thisContinue reading “Thank you, SFPA, for the Rhysling nomination!”