The Narra (Pterocarpus Indicus) trees in the Philippines are shedding. These large deciduous trees are 30-40 meters tall, and their trunks reach up to two meters in diameter.

When the Narra trees shed their leaves, people say they look like dead trees. I see differently – I am mesmerized by the hidden beauty that are finally exposed when the Narra sheds its leaves. Read more


The forgotten art of Taking Sacred Pauses


The walis tingting (broomstick) is made from the dried midribs of coconut leaves. It is a common – if not necessary – cleaning tool in most Filipino homes. Swish, swish, swish, the sound of the walis tingting can be heard in the morning and then again in the afternoon as it is used to sweep the garden.

The image of the walis tingting resting against the trunk of a tree reminds us of the pauses in our lives. We clean, we work, we play. The moments in between each and every activity in our daily lives are invitations to take pauses – necessary pauses – to help us wind up from the previous activity and at the same time prepare for the next one. Read more

Two Friends

I have a couple of friends that go with me whenever I need company.

Friends who have been with me through thick and thin.

These two friends have seen me through the dark nights of my soul; and have danced with me through the lovely days of my life.

Two friends that never fail to help me sort things out when the going gets rough…and rougher. Read more