Letters of Life

Month: February 2013

To Laugh Is To Really Be OK

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. — Erma Bombeck, American humorist and author The sadness can drift in like a fog from an inner sea of melancholia, and it doesn’t leave, whether I’m alone or alone in a crowd. If I am not alone, but… Read More ›

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A Coincidence of Cosmic Proportions

What’s the likelihood of a shootin’ star falling down to earth the same day an asteroid sideswipes Earth? Tell me, did you fall for a shootin’ star One without a permanent scar And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there? Some etymology: The root word meteor comes from the Greek meteōros, meaning “suspended… Read More ›

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Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the reflective season that precedes Easter. Ash Wednesday is the first of 40 days of prayer and fasting and for some of us, going without something we indulge in, by comparison a very small act of renunciation to remind ourselves of the great sacrifice Christ made… Read More ›

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Of Cool Nights and Pineapple Tarts

The lunar new year, which the Chinese celebrate all over the world, is a good thing. January 1st came too early, it wasn’t a cause for celebration. I think it took the whole of January just to get used to the idea of 2013, and for everyone’s schedules to settle and take root. Today is… Read More ›

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The Hour Before Dinner

A recent road accident killed two young boys, who were brothers, riding on a bike. In an urban city like Singapore built right up to the edges, road traffic accidents are frequent occurences, and cyclists seem to court death each time they take to the city’s backlanes, roads, and highways. But these two boys were… Read More ›

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