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Monday, August 26, 2013

Fire: Our Times: The Illustrated History of the 20th century


This one of my heaviest books in my shelf at home and one of my favorites....
Anyone interested in trivia, history and general knowledge will appreciate this big book filled with glimpses of the 20th century.

Browsing through 1978, my birth year, I uncovered that the first test tube baby was born on that year; that decade defining movie Saturday Night Fever of John Travolta was shown; that on same year three popes were headlines as the last two predecessor of the well loved Pope John Paul II died on same year and he was named as pope on the same year! Yes, these are just good to know facts....

Given the photographs and illustrations that accompany the big book, my nephew enjoyed it vy much too... I told him, he can have his first inheritance from me! LOL

Monday, August 19, 2013

FIRE: My Top Ten favorites in the List of Influential Women

They may be called Influential Women but in essence, they are all our mothers. 
They paved the way for our generation to live as WOMEN,
without explanation and extra qualification. 
Thank you.

From the list, I picked out my personal favorite and the lines lifted from the book:

Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978) 

"Possibly, her greatest contribution was that she made anthropology accessible to the nonscientist. She invited millions of people to look with her at other cultures and, as she wrote, "to cherish the life of the world." 


Hellen Keller (1880-1968)
Anne Sullivan (1866-1936)

Hellen Keller on her teacher Anne Sullivan:
 "There is not a talent or an inspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch."


Florence Nightangale (1820-1910)

"Florence Nightangale profoundly influenced the future of hospital care by transforming nursing into a noble profession."


Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Columnist Abigail McCarthy observed, "In a world of structures and technology in which no person seems to matter very much, Mother Teresa has affirmed the preciousness of each human life."


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Her best known novel is regarded today more as a significant cultural document than as literary masterwork. Her "despairing appeal to a civilized humanity" served its era well by galvanizing public opinion, as no other piece of writing had, in the great debate over slavery.


Aung San Suu Kyi (1945 -  )

She continues to be revered by the Burmese people as an agent of change.


Gloria Steinem (1934 -  )

The success of Ms. in finding an audience for substantive women's issues helped push other women's magazine to deepen their approach and encouraged the general press to follow the lead of Ms. in covering similar content.


Christine de Pisan (1364 -1430)

France's first woman of letters, she would have been an unusual person in any era; at the time in which she lived and wrote, at the end of the Middle Ages, when womankind in general was held in singularly low esteem, she was a phenomenon who would not have an equal for nearly another century. -- Charity Cannon Willard, Christine de Pizan: Her Life and Works


 Sandra Day O'Connor (1930 -   )
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 -   )

O'Connor and Ginsburg each bring to the Court perspectives as varied and as richly influenced by past experience as those of their male colleagues. If they are in any way representational, it is not as "the first woman" or "the second," but as a concept of diversity that has finally become a reality.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fire: The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time

The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present
By Deborah G. Felder
Citadel Press
2001 Edition

Who does not love lists? I do love them. 
Who does not love women? I adore them. 
Who does not love history? Okay, I just like them.

Getting through a list of 100 influential women in history is a good window to start a deeper relationship with the women that paved way to our liberation in the societal structure today. After reading some entries, I think of them as my mothers and nurturers and at the same time, female and feminist (if there is any difference) revolutionaries....    

There are entries that I do not strongly feel of course, just like when the mythical (since no historical account on her life except for some sporadic and some confusing mention of her in the Bible) image of The Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus Christ was included. But since the argument it will take on is on the "influence," I kind of accept it anyway.

I enjoyed the entries on Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. I read the Story of My Life but cannot recall that Helen Keller was married to John Macy (Of course because she wrote the autobiography when she was married). Also, I learned that Anne Sullivan was almost blind herself and the tandem welcomed another woman in their life, Polly Thompson. The tandem ranked 18 and 19 in the list.

I love the entries on Marie Curie, her passion and her passion shared with her husband. She is second on the list.

I read a biography of Florence Nightingale but I get no new particular details on the entry about her. She is 22nd on the list. 

Since I did not read them in particular order and actually has not read all the 100 entries, I got a good glimpse on artists Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe, writer/poet Jane Austen and Sappho, female revolutionaries Harriet Tubman and Rosa Sparks.

There are a lot on the list yet to be devoured like Aung san Suu Kyi, Gloria Steneim (I wonder why I did not read this first when )

Still reading....................

Friday, August 16, 2013

FIRE: Revisiting my attempts on Green Thumb

I really loved to plant but I think the plant cannot love me back. At least, just for now.  Must be because I have no sunny-laid lawn yet. A good friend always gave me plants before but they simply did not survive until I declined and told her that I should enjoy them in her garden until such time I can have my own. I pity the plants as they will simply die with me.

However, I recalled that I had a collection of cactus in my student days. I loved cactus. Cacti are low maintenance. They thrive in little water, little sun, little sand, little care and attention from me. I am more like a cactus, actually. I am low maintenance kind. And I think I can thrive anywhere.

I am planning to have hanging plants soon, the ones which acts as air filter too, and start a cactus collection anew... Soon!   

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fire: Revisiting my Used Postage Stamps Collection

I think every traveler nowadays had a love affair
with postage stamps at one time or another.


I flipped on my album filled with used stamps. Some were actually from my past letters during my penpal days and some were donated by friends and acquaintances.

The pieces were few compared to large collection but there are special ones and old ones.

I recently organized some of them and shall put them in a poster frame...There are faces, flowers, birds, animals, fishes, national symbols, Philippine culture collections and a lot more.

I did not touch the foreign stamps yet but they are all amazing to revisit too.






Thursday, August 8, 2013

FIRE: As I see it

To give some continuity to the last romantic post I had about love letters, I am posting here a recent attempt on my part at romantic theme in my poem entitled, As I see it. Enjoy...

Ours started with me taking a glance of you,
which you paid with a gaze, I know.
I could not take another glimpse of you
but my third eye says you continued to stare.
Ours continued when you remained staring
and I could not repay equally.
So, I batted another fleeting look
which you magnetted
and locked with your fixed glare.
Ours all started with that glance, I know
but you want me to see
it all started with that magnetic glare.
I say.

June 9, 2013 4:04PM
Copyright Gerlie M. Uy
*Photo is taken at the foot of Mt. Tapyas in Coron, Palawan.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Love Letters of Great Men

Love Letters of Great Men
Edited by Ursula Doyle
Copyright 2008
St Martin Press, New York.

And so this compilation was born after Carrie, in a Sex and the City film, reads aloud to Big a book called Love Letters of Great Men.

Love letters of the olden days move and inspire us. They exemplify how snail mails and era of voyages can keep the love and passion despite the limitations of time and distance. It makes us rethink over how relationships progress in these times of global connectedness with instant messaging and cheap flights.

One may say it is not the love letter but the lovers that matter. The array of 'great men' also has a string of fidel and devoted men. However, not all these passionate love letters come from 'great men' in terms of fidelity and sincerity. So while I can venture to say that longingness produces wonderful love letters, I cannot venture to say that they come from the sincerest, most fidel, and most patient lovers. And they simply come from the most eloquent men.

I can also observe that there are shifts from the portrait of these 'great men' and their love affairs in accordance with the times, from the patriarchal era to the feminist era up to the war times. If this book will include present love letters, it will include emails and short messages wherein longingness will not most often result to the most eloquent words given the rush of things these days.

Well, this book is generally entertaining and can actually bring smile to our lips and warmth to our hearts. Here are the quotes that I highlighted in the hardcopy because I find them worth reviewing, repeating and sharing...

Let the love bugs spread out...

In the midst of crowds I remain in solitude. Nothing but you can lay hold of my mind, and that can lay hold of nothing but you. – William Congreve to Arabella Hunt

I still return to my wish, that I had never left Paris, and that I had kept out of reach of all other duties, except that which was so sweet, and agreeable, to fulfill, the cultivating your friendship and enjoying your society. – David Hume to Madame de Boufflers

And truly it is not a sign two lovers are together, when they can be so impertinent as to inquire what the world does.... – Alexander Pope to Teresa Blount, 1716

It is but an hour ago that I kneeled down and swore I never would have come near you, and after saying my Lord's Prayer for the sake of the close, of not being led into temptation, out I sallied like any Christian hero, ready to take the field against the world, the flesh and the devil; not doubting but I should finally trample them all down under my feet. – Laurence Sterne to Lady Percy

You are well! You think of me! You love me. You will always love me. I believe you: now I am happy. I live again. I can talk, work, play, walk – do anything you wish. – Denis Diderot to Sophie Volland 1759

I have not so much as drunk one cup of tea without cursing the pride and ambition which force me to remain apart from the moving spirit of my life. – Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine, 1796

I thought to have dried up my tears for ever the day I left you: but as I write this they stream again. If they did not, I think my heart would burst. – William Hazlitt to Sarah Walker

Think of me sometimes, when the Alps and ocean divide us, but they never will, unless you wish it. – Lord Byron to Countess Guiccioli, 1819

I kissed your writing over in the hope you had indulged me by leaving a trace of honey. – John Ketas to Fanny Brawne, 1819

Some of my friends here are stupefied at the savage will-power I am displaying at this moment. Ah! They do not know my darling, she whose mere image robs grief of its sting. – Honore de Balzac to Countess Ewelina Hanska

My soul flies towards you with this papers; I say to them like a crazy man, a thousand things; like a crazy man I think that they go towards you to repeat them to you; it is impossible for me to understand how these papers impregnated by me will be, in eleven days, in your hands, and why I remain here... – Honore de Balzac to Countess Ewelina Hanska, 1843

Oh! your letter has restored peace to me, your words this evening have filled me with happiness. – Victor Hugo to Adele Foucher, 1820

But I think I was always more at ease alone than in anybody's company, till I knew thee. And now I am only myself when thou art within my reach. Thou art an unspeakably beloved woman. – Nathaniel Hawthorne to Sophia

I was thinking this morning how it came, that I, who am fond of talking and am scarcely ever out of spirits, should so entirely rest my notions of happiness on quietness, an a good deal of solitude: but I believe the explanation is very simple and I mention it because it will give you hopes, that I shall gradually grow less of a brute...I give it to you because I think you will humanize me, and soon teach me there is greater happiness than building theories and accumulating facts in silence and solitude. – Charles Darwin to Emma Wedgwood, 1839

I wanted to catch butterflies as letter-carriers to you. I wanted to send my letters first to Paris, so that you should open them with great curiousity, and then, more than surprised, would believe me in Paris. – Robert Schumann to Clara Weick, 1834

When the heart is full it may run over; but the real fullness stays within... Words can never tell you … how perfectly dear you are to me – perfectly dear to my heart and soul. – Robert Browning to Elizabeth Browning, 1846

We separated at the moment when many things were on the point of coming to our lips. All the doors between us two are not yet open. – Gustave Flaubert to George Sand, 1866.

I have now read yours over and over more times than I should like to admit. I awoke in the middle of the night and immediately lit a candle to read it a few times again.... I have just read your letter in that light and I go about murmuring, 'I have made that dignified girl commit herseld, I have, I have,' and then I vault over the sofa with exultation. – Walter Bagehot to Elizabeth Wilson, 1857.

Gathered a bouquet of new flowers, but they got spoiled. I sent you a safety-match box full of flowers last night from Leukerbad. – Mark Twain to Olivia Langdon, 1878

Pleasure hides love from us, but pain reveals it in its essence. – Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas, 1895

It would be a fine thing, just the same, in which I hardly dare believe, to pass our lives near each other, hypnotized by our dreams: your patriotic dreams, our humanitarian dream, and our scientific dream. – Pierre Curie to Marie Sklodovska, 1894

*photo from amazon.com