FROM MY HEART
Good times and bath times
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - October 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, four Filipina teenagers, fresh graduates from high school, boarded planes to go to a finishing school in Lausanne, Switzerland. These were Helen Marcelo, Chiqui Liongson, Menchu...
Just a simple life
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 27, 2020 - 12:00am
I think the biggest lesson learned from the pandemic is the value of doing our own things but never losing touch with the rest of the family.
Creative at quarantine
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Quarantine is a dead period for most people but not for some. I am being creative so I enjoy myself. Maybe you should try to be creative, too.
Nothing is without complications
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 13, 2020 - 12:00am
How can I get into business with someone I don’t know? I don’t even want to get into business with people I know.
My quiapo street market experience
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - September 6, 2020 - 12:00am
When I was a baby she helped my mother take care of me.
Our first healing massage
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Let’s agree that the lady who gives massages is masahista in Pilipino.
Bottling or battling?
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Maybe I pressed the wrong button. Or maybe a mean monster was playing tricks on me.
Fly to old age
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Now I’m 76 years old. I thank all my relatives, friends, students, fans who sent me 241 greetings on my Viber.
Fear of falling
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 9, 2020 - 12:00am
I pray my favorite prayer: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the ones I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.’Sometimes I just don’t know...
A wonderful escape
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - August 2, 2020 - 12:00am
What does one do when she sees her outer world slowly crumbling, when she is dissatisfied with everything going on outside her small apartment?
Was it right and just?
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - July 26, 2020 - 12:00am
So was justice dispensed with or was ignorance of the law exposed? You be the judge.
And now, a word from a former advertising girl
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - July 19, 2020 - 12:00am
For 32 years I worked in advertising. I made attempts to get out, believe me, but I always got pirated back.
The best and worst of times
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - July 12, 2020 - 12:00am
Some time ago maybe in March or April I used the word “godsend” in reference to world wars and Adolf Hitler.
My old/new Gucci bag
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - July 5, 2020 - 12:00am
When I wrote last week about coming close to death because of boredom during the quarantine, was I telling the truth? A friend texted and accused me of being a “faker.” Now I think she was right.
We are all one (in TV dramas)
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - June 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Dear God, save me, please. I am ready to die of boredom.
We are all one (in TV dramas)
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - June 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Dear God, save me, please. I am ready to die of boredom.
An almost perfect dad
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - June 21, 2020 - 12:00am
That’s when you know you were a close-to-perfect Dad when your daughter marries a man because he smells like you did when she was growing up.
Independence & Respect
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - June 14, 2020 - 12:00am
The best way to show respect is to learn it as a child from the example of your parents, from their teaching, from your experiences at school with the nuns, from your experiences at work. As you grow older, it becomes...
Really, truly maddening
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - June 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Maybe just for today my column title should be “From My Maddening Heart.” I don’t really know how this began.
Practicing catholic again
by Barbara Gonzalez-Ventura - May 24, 2020 - 12:00am
This week has been a totally boring week. By my sloppy estimate, this is the start of the 10th week of quarantine, of being at home all the time, of not knowing what it is we have to do next to brighten our lives....
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