“If mortality is our first and last problem, the need to say farewell is continuous. Death is the mother of beauty; poetry is a valediction forbidding mourning.”

– David Lehman, from the Foreword, Best American Poetry 2015

Mortality and Poetry

“A poem is not a straightforward article; is meaning is not self-evident; it can be ambiguous, and if it is, it is dangerous, the more so at a time when the “sensitivities” of special interest groups play a decisive part in limiting free speech on campus and everywhere else.”
– David Lehman, from the Foreword of Best American Poetry 2015.


A poem is dangerous…

…in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

– Herbert Simon

Information Consumes Attention

I’m not really sure if young Filipinos still know the song “Isang Linggong Pag-ibig” by Imelda Papin. But, it accurately describes the kind of whirlwind romance not meant to last. These days, though, love has moved to cyberspace and Virtual Pag-ibig is everywhere: lovers who have to deal with LDR (Long Distance Relationship) because one of them needs to work abroad; those who fall meet…

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I would like to beg you, dear sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

– Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903, from Letters to a Young Poet


On Living with the Questions

People are moving to the cities. It’s not just to the big cities, but also to the small cities in every province or region. Most of the time, it’s the young people–students, professionals, and workers–who are greatly affected by rapid urbanization. This process of urbanization provides an opportunity for the church to reach out to more people who are moving to the cities. As such,…

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Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland & JJ Sutherland ISBN: 038534645X READ: Jan 4, 2016 RATING: 9/10 This is one of the best books I’ve read on Productivity. Together with Personal Kanban, the Scrum methodology is helping reshape the way I do my work and manage my projects. I’m publishing my notes on this book, and…

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People who are most likely to multitask… are those with the most inflated view of their abilities…

– Sonbonmatsu, Strayer, Medeiros-Ward, & Watson, Who Multitasks and Why?


On Multitasking

Magallanes: Divergent Roads

Posted by February 1, 2016

This is part of an on-going series for Filipino young professionals: Biyaheng EDSA. It’s a set of reflections for new graduates about to enter the world of work. At dahil mahalagang transition ito sa buhay, nawa makatulong ang mga reflections na ito in helping you choose your path. Previous Posts: Introduction Monumento: Out of the Way ang Idealism Balintawak Cloverleaf: Entry Level North EDSA: Ito…

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Compassion builds on empathy, which in turn requires a focus on others. If self-absorbed, we simply do not notice other people; we can walk by utterly indifferent to their predicament. But once we notice them we can tune in, sense their feelings and needs, and act on our concern.

Moral sentiments drive from empathy, and moral reflections take thinking and focus. One cost of the frenetic stream of distractions we face today, some fear, is an erosion of empathy and compassion. The more distracted we are, the less we can exhibit attunement and caring.

– Daniel Goleman, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence


On Compassion and Distraction