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  • ADVENTURES WITH A (DYING) DOG

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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.
  • THE HEALING POWERS OF KEEPING A JOURNAL

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    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15
  • WRITING YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS

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    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
  • HOW TO BECOME A WRITER
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11
  • THE "PERFECT" FEMALE BODY

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    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15

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  • READING NOW

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    The Normal Bar: Where Does Your Relationship Fall?
    All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost
    Gun Dealers' Daughter: A Novel: A Novel
    Crazy Rich Asians
    The Undomestic Goddess
    Self-Help
    The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World


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February 13, 2005

Comments

mell ditangco

nice read.

Gigi

Thanks Mell. I saw a photograph of him last night, and then just started typing away like I was possessed or something. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

yikes

Nora Ephron...that who your writing style remind me of. **secret - i get misty eyed at those clincher (and oh alright...mushy, there!) lines of hers**

yikes

erratum...."that's who" not "that who"... **sheepish grin**

Gigi

Hi Yikes,
I'm actually surprised to realize I've never read Ephron, not even the book version of "When Harry Met Sally" (gasp!). But I think I'm going to pick up a copy of "Crazy Salad" -- just read about it on Amazon and think it's something I'm going to enjoy. So, see, you've just expanded my reading experience. :) Thanks!

mell ditangco

Harry Met Sally is my favorite movie! I have not read the book version though! I did not realize there is a book version! :D

Jojie

I enjoy the timelessness of your writings. At the risk of being transported out of my own reality, I remain your loyal fan and will continue to bloghop during my downtimes at work.

I take pride in my fellow pinoys who can write very well and transcended our non-English upbringing.

Gigi

Mell - I saw the book on Amazon; it's selling for about $9 (or half of that if used). It's actually a transcript of the screenplay in book form. PS: It's one of my favorite movies, too. :)
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (February 24, 1990)
ISBN: 0679729038

Jojie - Thank you very much for spending a few minutes of your time to write me that very nice note!

mell ditangco

hahaha, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan were in their best in that movie! :D

Chris Durant

Your writing is so evocative that for a brief, intensely curious moment I felt vicariously what it must be like to be a woman, forcefully taken by a powerful and irresistible male. Caught up by your words, it was my head that was snapped back, and it was I who physically gasped.
You take my breath away with your writing, Gigi. Write on!
-Joni’s friend Chris (Tangkad)

Gigi

Hi Chris!
A woman would have to be about 7-ft. tall to be able to snap your head back. :)
My sister has told me so many wonderful things about you, that your feedback means so, so much. I feel like I just got an A from the tough English professor who grades on a curve.

shing

hey, i like what I read...enlightening...some of your insights creepily *in a nice way, mind you* sound like mine, hehehe. drop by.

Gigi

Hi Shing - I sure will! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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