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Blue notes

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   UNLIKE in jazz and rhythm and blues, where blue notes are used in spirituals, chants and rhymed narrative ballads, the blue note in poetry is melancholic, unrhymed and unsung. A silent, heart-rending wail living in between the verses, unable to shed tears.   The knowing…

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Blue notes

By January 22, 2023G Spot

Addiction

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   FOR someone who has not experienced addiction, it is easy to give advice and encouragement. It is easy, too, to condemn and ostracize. It is not, for one who had experienced the same. Lorenzo E. Gabutina posted this realization: “Recovery fr drug abduction is not…

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Addiction

By January 14, 2023G Spot

Freedom

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   MY windows are always open to allow the air and the scents from the garden to come in. The gardenias, the ginger lilies, the jasmines and all the smells of weeds and grasses waft through the curtains as freely as birds fly through, and perch…

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Freedom

By January 8, 2023G Spot

Wellbeing

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   I realized that some of the people closest to me are experiencing challenges which they have chosen to keep for themselves. Over the years, we have shared thoughts, acted on problems together and celebrated our successes. It is heartbreaking when you see them suffer, whether…

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Wellbeing

By January 2, 2023G Spot

She touches, she changes

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   AMONG the many adventures and memories of my travels is a Korean song, sang by a Korean religious, during one of the regular meetings for the World Conference on Religion and Peace held in Thailand. The song got stuck in my brain, hibernated there for…

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She touches, she changes

By December 26, 2022G Spot

The realm of the possible

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   IN this world, it appears that most things are possible, at the same time, most things are not. For those who try and try, the possible entails a lot of preparation and hard work. For those who do not try, it is a miracle, achieved…

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The realm of the possible

By December 18, 2022G Spot

In the caring of the soil

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   INDULGE me a bit. At times when I look at the moon in the dead of the night, I wonder if, my life, as little as the lights in the houses from a distant mountain, still matters to the universe. Perhaps, this is why I…

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In the caring of the soil

By December 12, 2022G Spot

Imitatio: Poetic honey-making

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   “IMITATIO” is not plagiarism, or copying verbatim the work of another artist. It is like innovating on the original recipe of a dish like adobo or pinakbet, in the hands of different chefs, creating their own versions and creating their unique signature tastes. I chanced…

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Imitatio: Poetic honey-making

By December 5, 2022G Spot

Dancing with mangoes

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   I hardly watch a football game. The last time I watched was at Princeton University, and I do not even remember who played. What I remember was the excitement, as opposing teams compete for the goal, and we shouted from the bleachers to cheer. After…

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Dancing with mangoes

By November 27, 2022G Spot

Bad movies make me cry

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By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   HOW many times have you watched a movie and shifted to another in less than thirty minutes? There are others I’ve watched as a series, which are too long, and I quit in the middle, or almost at the end, knowing how predictable the outcome…

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Bad movies make me cry

By November 20, 2022G Spot