Tagged with Transformation

Lifetimes Away

I just learned that two old friends, X and Y—one I haven’t spoken to in almost a year, the other I haven’t spoken to in many years—got married to each other. I was surprised by the news because, one, I didn’t know they were dating, and, two, I didn’t expect either of them to get married any time … Continue reading

One little room and the biggest of plans

(Apologies to Elbow.) How much space does one need to come into one’s own? Some might need hundreds of miles, perhaps even worlds, to find themselves. Others might just need a little space, nothing too big or extensive or distant. Me, I just needed 20 square meters in a different city. Five years ago—with very … Continue reading

Those Dark Café Days

(Apologies to Joni Mitchell.) There’s this Joni Mitchell song that I just absolutely love, and that always reminds me of getting older whenever I listen to it—it’s “The Last Time I Saw Richard.” The last part of the song contains the following lines: All good dreamers pass this way some day Hidin’ behind bottles in dark … Continue reading

Happiness as Possibility

A few weeks ago, I told my students about a prayer that Fr. Ferriols once said in class: “Panginoon: Posibilidad, posibilidad, posibilidad. Amen.” A few days later, after I mentioned Fr. Ferriols’s prayer in class, a former student—who is now my colleague and who has been sitting in my classes (I feel so old!)—lent me a copy … Continue reading