The Eye Thing, Update

In November 2010, I posted an account of my first treatment for macular degeneration and the events which had led up to it. (Link)

The macula is a small spot at the center of the retina, the back of the eye. It is made up of millions of light-sensing cells, enabling people to have clear central vision. With macular degeneration, a fluid seeps through the layers of the macula, causing blurring in the central area. By the time mine was discovered during an examination for new glasses, the center of my right eye had turned into brown scar tissue. When … Read More

KMU Mobilizes for the Homeless

Before the Covid 19 lockdown, Benjie Abad, a.k.a. Mang Urot, was operating a soup kitchen he called Karinderia ni Mang Urot. He and his wife, younger daughter and assorted volunteers were feeding the needy three nights a week, sometimes in a bank parking lot, sometimes at the Abad home in a typical middle class subdivision in Metro Manila.

 Benjie and I spoke via Facebook Messenger when he was in Quezon City and I was in Antipolo. Thanks to KMU for the photos.

Benjie’s story

It was almost eight years ago when you set out to feed the hungry. Can you Read More

Housebound in Antipolo

Carol’s story

First, the house.

Several people expressed an interest in seeing photos, so I added some.

Now the story.

Toward the end of January my housekeeper, Fe, and I were inspecting a house to rent in Antipolo, a hilly town two hours from Manila. It was the only available house she’d found, so we were hoping it would do.  Because of all the wasted space, there was a lot less available than what we’d had before. I doubted all my stuff would fit. She said it would. I think she was more right than I was, depending on what … Read More

A Look at Drug Rehabs in the Philippines

In order to find out what treatment was available for addicts in the Philippines, I talked with a friend who went through treatment himself, became a member of a 12-step fellowship, worked in rehabilitation centers and got his second college degree in social work in order to help others. We spoke in person at a restaurant in Cavite Province.

Jessie’s story

Congratulations on finishing your degree. I understand this is not your first.

No, my first one was in business management. But then I got the call to get into social work. I wanted to be able to do more … Read More

Escape from China

“Two American Teachers in China, Part 2” is Amy’s story about teaching art to little children at Peking University Experimental School in Jiaxing.  a small city outside of Shanghai. What follows here is the story of her departure from China. In the next post, she gets engaged in Bali and married in Thailand under the most romantic circumstances.

Amy and I talked on Skype while she was in Ohio and I was in the Philippines. Her voice was strained, she was clearly still congested, and she coughed frequently.

 Amy’s story

When we left off, I was talking about moving to … Read More