I Have Returned

Seventy-three ago today, Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, “I have returned.” Below is an excerpt from “BAHALA NA (Come What May”: “On October 20, 1944, MacArthur landed in Leyte, fulfilling his promise to the Filipino people by wading ashore at Leyte, but the evening before the Leyte landing, MacArthur spoke through a radio transmitter announcing . …

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Fifty years ago, I came to America as a legal immigrant

Fifty years ago on October 14, 1967, I stepped out of a Philippine Airline flight from Manila into a new country with a third preference visa for professionals. I was a CPA from the Philippines. I arrived at Honolulu International Airport with my vanity case, my handbag with my Philippines passport and a hundred dollars …

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Do I take the 2017 NaNoWriMo Challenge or not?

I took the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2013 with The Iron Butterfly, a story based on the life of my grandmother, a young widow with nine children to support after her husband died unexpectedly. She was a strong woman of great conviction. I won the challenge and self-published The Iron Butterfly in 2015 after several edits …

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How to Stay Debt Free While Living on Social Security and Stay Happy

Are you one of those people who can’t seem to keep up with your expenses? Keeping up with the Joneses will put you in the poor house. We had, even while my husband and I were both gainfully employed at that time. I was making good money and more so than my husband. But in …

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A Great Summer Read – “The Iron Butterfly”

Just in time for the summer reading. “The Iron Butterfly” by Rosalinda R Morgan is discounted to $1.99 on Kindle for a limited time this summer. Get your copy today at Amazon and enjoy a great read. “The Iron Butterfly” is a gripping tale about the intense devotion and ordeal of Regina Buendia, a young …

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TEN MORE WORDS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY

  As I catch up on my 2017 reading challenge, I am still aware of how many new words I come across in all the books that I read. I’m not a speed reader. I read every word and when new word appears that I don’t know, Mr. Webster comes in handy all the time. …

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Have you ever grown potatoes?

I like gardening but for an occasional tomato, I never planted any other vegetables or root crops. I’m a flower gardener and I love all kinds of flowers but my favorites are roses. Lately, I’m venturing into new territory. I love learning something new. I’ve been experimenting with container plants. I love “Marguerite”, the sweet potato …

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