Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura
Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura
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To feel again
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - May 5, 2024 - 12:00am
May 5, 1956.
Signs of grief
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - April 28, 2024 - 12:00am
I have been in a miserable state lately.
A widow’s sorrow
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - April 21, 2024 - 12:00am
I woke up at around midnight and found the flashlight on again. Is this you, darling? I asked. No answer so I turned it off. At around 4 a.m., the flashlight was on again. Ok, it’s you, darling, I sa...
Mending once more
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - March 31, 2024 - 12:00am
As you read this I am in Subic hopefully enjoying the hospitality of my kumare — I’m the baptismal godmother of her youngest daughter.
Paciano Rizal’s Caretaker
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - March 24, 2024 - 12:00am
By now you know that I am a descendant of Maria Rizal, the sister immediately before Jose. 
Lessons from surgery
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - March 17, 2024 - 12:00am
I am a woman who has surgically lost most of the organs that make me a woman — a total hysterectomy and a double mastectomy. I’ve been surgically redefined.
Brightness beyond dark
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - March 10, 2024 - 12:00am
It was shortly before Rizal’s birthday 2023.
Two open doors
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - February 18, 2024 - 12:00am
Lately I have been reminiscing about my husband and me since we first met in 2017.
Blessed parenthood
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
My husband Loy had a few strange habits. He never gave gifts on birthdays, Christmas or Valentine’s Day. But he gave no-occasion gifts.
Hospital blues
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - February 4, 2024 - 12:00am
Not too long ago, as my husband lay unconscious, I would whisper in his ear. Sometimes it would be serious, other times teasing.
Alone Again (Naturally)
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - January 28, 2024 - 12:00am
There is this song that reminds me of where I am today — Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
Goodbye, my beloved
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - January 21, 2024 - 12:00am
For the past three years my husband Loy has been sick. First, he had an operation, then a stroke that left him with “vascular dementia.
That’s life, isn’t it?
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - January 7, 2024 - 12:00am
This is the first time I type “2024” on my computer! The first time I realize that 2024 added equals 8, my lucky number.
Old friends in the New Year
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - December 31, 2023 - 12:00am
More than 30 years ago I worked at Coca-Cola Bottlers where I had a tall, pale and handsome assistant named Lorie Reyes.
Memories on Christmas
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - December 24, 2023 - 12:00am
Some of you probably remember that during the Christmas season of 1944, the Philippines was immersed in World War II.
A visit to China Bank Binondo Museum
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - November 26, 2023 - 12:00am
It was a beautiful Saturday morning. The sun shone brightly, telling me it would be warm all day. I was decked out in one of my favorite outfits that always made me feel light and airy. Since my husband and...
Mondays and laughter
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - November 19, 2023 - 12:00am
Monday! When I was working I hated Mondays, felt like sleeping right through them. But this Monday was different.
Harrowing weeks
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - November 5, 2023 - 12:00am
It’s almost five in the morning. I am wide-awake, seated at my computer trying to think of what to write about.
Kindness at the Supermart
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - October 22, 2023 - 12:00am
Some little lessons — and touching experiences — due to a twisted ankle.
Make this bad luck end
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - October 15, 2023 - 12:00am
You think having a caregiver who stole from me was the end of my bad luck?
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