Snowy Syracuse

It's snow white here, there and all over! Cool! It's for human eyes' delectation! 

But damn, it's cooold! Freezing temperatures these past weeks. I will never love the winter! But as they say, enjoy the first time; it might be the last time (unless climate change brings snow to the Philippines).

So what's cool and what's not?

Snow is an amazing creation! Flurries are better than rains. But I hate the snow glare or winter glare; it triggers my migraine.

Dread the snow ice when it starts to subside; they're extremely slippery. Black ice is dangerously deceiving; it's every driver's, jogger's and commuter's nightmare.

Fresh cool air, bereft of air pollution whatsoever. But extreme temperature bleeds the nose, whew! (I miss Philippine pollution).

When winter wind combines with snow or rain, it's fatally freezing and biting!

Winter fashion! With all my thermal tops and suits. Bonnets and hoods. Gloves. Neck warmers. Balaclavas. Fleece jackets (I learn to love fleece). Balloon jackets for snow. Winter socks and snow boots. But they're heavy, with 3-4 layers on the tops. Seems like space suits in the movies. Trench coats are my favorites, but not the wools (too itchy to be cool).

My electronic warmer blanket is weird, but it works!

Amazing ski mountain resort. Cool ski gadgets and ski fashion. Poor me, a pure terra firma creature. Couldn't glide on snow and ice, as I don't also swim on water.

Who says you cannot jog on snow? I am really amused to see people jogging on snow, even in shorts, even in dusk where temperatures suddenly drop. I will try jogging on snow, sans the black ice.

Have not tried the snowman, but should soon do so!

So this is snow!



He who guards his lips,
guards his soul!
- Proverbs 13:3


Pains and gains in rains

If you want the rainbow,
you've got to put up with the rain!

- Dolly Parton, American philanthropist

Deep prayer

Strengthen us my Lord 
to be able to hold and keep on 
and not fall apart, 
and stabilize us 
so that we will be able 
to help our family 
and those who are in need!


Prayer for Jet Flight

Please remember me, Lord:
I'm the fidgety one
that's scared to death of heights;
that same one that’s now strapped
so tightly into this plane seat
that my legs are turning purple.

I’ve never liked flying before, Lord,
so You’d do me a great favor
if You’d give this bus with wings
Your undivided attention.

I’ve read novels about jets,
so I know what can go wrong with them:
the tail could blow off, or
the engines could overheat,
it’s not that I’m panicking;
I’ve done that long ago.
it’s just  I tend to worry
about the other passengers.

How do You think they’ll feel, Lord
if I have to be carried off this flight 

in a total collapse?


The 10 Mortal Sins of Development

KNOWLEDGE, it if becomes a tool for oppression
INVESTMENTS, if they destroy the environment
JOBS, if they reinforce exploitation
INCOME, if it becomes excessively profit-oriented
TECHNOLOGY, if it becomes a tool for slavery
INFRASTRUCTURE, if it becomes white elephant
POWER, if it corrupts and self-perpetuates
AFFLUENCE, if it abets poverty

- Anonymous


The 7 Social Sins of Endeavors

Politics without principle
Wealth without work
Commerce without morality
Pleasure without conscience
Education without character
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice
- M. Gandhi (1869-1948)


Test of government

It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped!
-- Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)