Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

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Clarissa Pinkola Estes (wild woman writing)
Jane Hutchison (direct-to-the-point writing)
Ernest Hemingway (simple words writing)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mabel

she's my friend since highschool. noticeable for her curly hair, her giggles, and practical approach to almost anything.  if twilight zone amazed me, for her it was crap. no such thing as multi-dimensionalities for a math major in UP. but we did like the same things --- among which was table tennis. we were like table-mates. we enjoy each other while playing tennis.  what was once just a shared dorm in uplb turned two years later to a shared house. we became sharemates for about a semester until she left to live with her aunt in forestry. when she had her first and only serious relationship with terence, we talked about it. even their first dinner date in uplb, she invited me to join in. then her 'first paycheck dinner', the wedding with terence...even after the operation in 1999 when she lost her full memory, until now, nothing has changed with mabel. even if she can only remember bits and pieces of the past. even if she can't find the right words for what she means to say. what hubby said is true with her. it's in her eyes. the sincerity, the mirth, and yes, the humble acceptance of what life at present, is. i'm happy to know our friendship goes well beyond memory.

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