How Sometimes We Think We Know Everything–When in Fact We Do

"You think you know everything," my dear wife said when I tried to predict how a TV soap drama would end. And it did so. Exactly, it ended with the antagonist discovering that the guy he wanted to kill was the cousin of the uncle of the aunt of the relative of his bastard brother … Continue reading How Sometimes We Think We Know Everything–When in Fact We Do

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Educational Trends and Policies that Ruin Our Kids

More years in school? Really? Is that the solution to the worsening educational crisis in the Philippines? If you'd hear it from "education experts" here, it's the very thing that will end all our educational woes. Just prolong the school years and our kids will come out competitive with their Asian counterparts. We're terribly lagging … Continue reading Educational Trends and Policies that Ruin Our Kids

The Sociable Who Always Felt Left Out and the Loner Who Never Felt Alone

In my time as teenager and adolescent, discos and dancing parties were the in thing. During summer especially, the youth would cook up evening parties where there'd be lots of dancing and food and lots of good-looking young people. You must be good-looking to be invited to such parties. Omer was never invited. All his … Continue reading The Sociable Who Always Felt Left Out and the Loner Who Never Felt Alone

When the Best Things in Life Become Worst Things

With all the graduation ceremonies, baccalaureate, and even birthday celebrations of friends and relatives this month, dining out is often the logical conclusion at the end of the day. You have to go because some folks take it personally if you turn down their invitation. They'll never smile at you again, or unfriend you on … Continue reading When the Best Things in Life Become Worst Things