Letters of Life

Month: January 2010

To Catch a Falling Star

Have been thinking about songs lately. What makes some good, and what makes some truly outstanding: The kind that sticks in your mind long after your ears are unplugged, and you’ve exited iTunes. Sir Elton John’s Your Song is a good example. He’s not at all popular in my set. But it was used to… Read More ›

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Blog Quote of the Day: God-likeness (Part 1)

There will be days like this when I won’t have the time or inspiration to post stuff, though, like the people I care about, this blog is constantly on the back-burner of my mind. And so I will pull material from writers I admire, particularly Christian ones, whose conciseness, depths of thought and quality of… Read More ›

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A Memorable Book Launch

Sometime last year, I was privileged to be roped in by a church friend to copyedit a non-fiction book. Copyediting meant dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s in the manuscript, making sure the grammar worked and most important, that the content was clearly written. My friend Lim Swee Cheng, who is a marine biologist… Read More ›

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A Week in Review

Monday, Jan 11th–The Passing of a Heroine Miep Gies, the last survivor among Anne Frank‚Äôs protectors and the woman who preserved the diary that endures as a testament to the human spirit in the face of unfathomable evil, died Monday night, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam said. She was 100. Mrs. Gies sought no… Read More ›

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The Difficulties of Improvisation (II)

More on this difficult subject. It is SO much more easier to write about than to do. So I will do what I can do best at this moment: Write, and play later. Eons later. Centuries later. First, one has to master the piece. Note for note, looping offending bars until everything is smooth. Smooth… Read More ›

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Untitled (Part 1)

The passing of time Hours like minutes, seconds deadening the soul The summer breeze flown In with the cold autumn air The damp, the rain, sleet What is a memory? How does it matter and why? Raindrops fall like tears

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The Difficulties of Improvisation

Fly me to the moon, and let me play among the stars, Let me see what Spring is like on Jupiter and Mars. . . Great lyrics sent to a wonderful chord progression with some surprises thrown in. Still working on connecting the dots–i.e. the arpeggios— together, although the A minor scale (the song is… Read More ›

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I am so glad that this is the first Saturday in, oh, at least a string of 12 Saturdays, where I don’t have to go into the clinic. Not that I mind being a clinic assistant for half a day, washing instruments, registering patients, dispensing medication (Is Flumicil a mucolytic agent (a phlegm thinner)? Does… Read More ›

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The Non-Jurrasic Thesaurus

So I was at Kino in the crazy runup to Christmas (I don’t care how old this sounds, I will bandy the word Christmas as much as I like even if everyone’s now into 2010), and found myself in the Dictionary section. It’s near the exit afterall. (Christmas!) I remembered I wanted to get myself… Read More ›

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Look Back in Wonder

For as long as I have kept journals, I would at this time of year, turn back the pages to remember the things that took place over the last 12 months, to reread about things that mattered so much that I would take the time to write about it, in an effort to acknowledge its… Read More ›

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Of Penguins and Parties

Time: Past 1 am, January 1st, 2010. The event: The Chillout 2010 party at J’s crib The first day of the first decade of the third millenium. And all I can hear in my head when I look at this picture (friends Leng and Judith) is George Michael’s Last Christmas, which, by the way, is… Read More ›

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