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When the shortest distance is not a straight line

Archimedes, that super cool slasher Greek mathematician (slash physicist slash inventor slash astronomer slash etc.) said ages ago that ‘the shortest distance between two points is a straight line’.  I love this quote. Although it was said in the context of mathematical sciences, it in fact gave me countless reassurances when life became complicated or when I’m overwhelmed by my own overthinking. It has helped me overcome a lot of concerns by simplifying things and solving problems one simple step at a time.

But recently I’ve been mulling about so many things happening in the world, complex eco-geo-political issues that demand more creative and non-linear solutions. I hope to write about more of my thoughts here in succeeding blog posts, but now I’d like to share about one word that comes to mind, leapfrog. I came across the word years ago in one of my social science classes at the Philippine Normal University, but the first known use of leapfrog was in 1872, or 1599, if Merriam-Webster could make up its mind.

Let me share with you three examples.

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The Power of Little Things: Reflections on Liwanag World Festival 2013

There is nothing less than grand about Liwanag World Festival. But this is only because it is made up of many modest, well thought-out, things. Indeed, we witnessed what Aristotle meant by “the whole is more than the sum of its parts.” Continue reading


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It’s Freedom Day!

You might be surprised to find that we already trasfered to Zarraga, Iloilo. It was a long time in the making decision before we finally took the leap in early June. The move was primarily to give our son Toni an opportunity to attend a Steiner school, the Gamot Cogon School located at Libongcogon, Zarraga. I will write a separate post about this soon but for now I would like to share about a wonderful news for Zarraga and the planet. Continue reading