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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual

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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Has anybody wondered what the word "Ilocos" stands for? Here's my personal explanation: The Spaniards called the Filipinos "Los Indios Filipinos." Adding the word "Indios" was something derogatory, not flattering to apply as a nomenclature to the people they had conquered and colonized their beloved country, the Philippines. They then abbreviated the "I" and added "locos." Using "Indios Locos" would have caused the Filipinos of those provinces to revolt. That's why you have only "Ilocos" and the Spaniards got away with it safely, no revolt but Peace. And the Ilocanos have had the "Ilocos" word ever since, without any question whatsoever. Anybody wants to make a change for that word?
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Let me suggest: "Ilocandia." How does this sound to you? Classy, better than saying "Locos," meaning crazy? you might have other ideas.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Sitting in front of the lighted fireplace makes one contemplate that: -fire is a gift from God; -the heat it gives off is the symbol of God's warm love for humanity; -the dancing flames are a symbol of God's generous and continuous giving to humanity; -we can't possibly live without God's warm love and continuous Divine Generosity. God is communicating to us through His gift of fire. Our entire Humanity depends on God!!!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual At the University of the Philippines, we had a students' organization called UPSCA, UP Students' Catholic Action. The chapel that was being used by all denominations was a bamboo structure that badly needed replacement to a more permanent building. Fund raising for the new church was started.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Our Music Chapter of which I was the chairperson, planned on having a charity concert. Our Faculty Adviser was Miss Jovita Fuentes, (famous Madame Butterfly of the opera of the same name, during her student days in Europe). She had such a clout that she told us she was getting free of charge the vocal and instrumental soloists, the orchestra and conductor, and the Holy Ghost College Concert Auditorium.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I had 2 friends and classmates,Rosarito Enriquez and Baby Policarpio (they were my angels in human form) who had their cars and chauffeurs at their command. They also knew Manila's social elite and their addresses. We had to sacrifice a few classes by our skipping them, and made the rounds of potential donors instead. Miss Fuentes would be unhappy (and she could lambaste us) if we submitted to her a number of donors that was below her expectations. Meantime, I prayed a novena (9 days) to St. Rita of Cascia, very powerful intercessor for impossible cases.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual On our rounds, the donors were generous beyond belief. For the cause of the church, they were marvelously glad to part with their money. I was also able to get my town mates, Mr. and Mrs. Pacifico Sison as donors. All the donors' names were in a printed list in the program to acknowledge in a grateful way their financial generosity.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The day of the concert finally arrived, all the performers were in their tip-top musical mettle. Every musical number was enthusiastically applauded. All in all, the charity concert was a big success.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Ramon Tapales, the conductor and Music Director of the UP Conservatory of Music approached me, saying: "Maybe we should have you canonized a saint." I smiled and thanked him for his musical generosity. What he didn't know was that I prayed a novena to St. Rita, whose saintly generosity helped made the concert an unprecedented success. Our grateful thanks to you, our loving St. Rita!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Thank you notes were in order for me to send to all the performers, the Holy Ghost College Concert Auditorium Administrator and to my 2 friends and classmates, Rosarito Enriquez and Baby Policarpio. Mwa!!! wherever you are you two. May the Lord bless you both musically, and more!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Last but not least, our University Chaplain was the Reverend Fr. John P Delaney, SJ. who gave us lectures every year on "Love, Courtship and Marriage," which was attended by different denominations: Protestants, Mohammedans, Jews, besides the Catholics. The chapel was always packed. He also gave lectures during the Lenten season on the "Life of Christ," which made us feel like crying, or made us think deeply. Couples who were getting married always chose to have their wedding rites in that chapel because their preferred priest was Fr. John P Delaney. To him, we owed a lot of our spiritual education.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual During the Japanese occupation, we had days of peace, and we lived contentedly, even forgetting we were still in the midst of the war against the enemy. There was no fighting, that was the reason for the semi-peace situation. The enemy didn't do anything to antagonize us, thank God.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One afternoon, a horde of Japanese soldiers were walking into town, holding their wet fatigue suits on sticks, as if to air dry them. Their ship might have been sunk. Later on towards evening, 3 Japanese soldiers with helmets in hand, came to our house to beg for rice. While we needed rice too, my mother didn't hesitate, she filled up their helmets with rice. Her action could have been labeled as "feeding the enemy." But in the Holy Bible, it advises us to "love our enemies." She put herself in the place of the parents of those soldiers, worrying about their sons, fighting a war in another country.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Much later on, they came back, one holding a bowl of soup, with a chicken piece swimming in it, as their gesture of thanks for the rice given to them by my mother. We accepted it graciously. It might have been delicious, but we didn't dare consume it.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual But you know what, God saw my mother's generosity towards the enemy. He rewarded her with 3 lives: my brother, Augusto, who was able to escape from the Bataan Japanese concentration camp, and my brother, Alarico and me having been able to go home safely from Manila to the province on a 3-day trip that was loaded with uncertainties along the way. Hallelujah to the Lord!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The Japanese soldiers had a human curiosity about the Filipinos. When they heard the playing on our piano, they didn't hesitate to come and see who was playing. Most of the time I was the one at the piano. One soldier requested me to play "Come Back to Sorrento." As I played it, he didn't hold back his tears. I just wondered what the music meant to him. Could have been a theme song between him and his sweetheart back home. Ah, what love can do!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual At another time, I played the US National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," and as I played it, I said a message mentally to them: "You'll be out of our country very, very soon, with God's blessing." Not too long after that, it happened. They really went bye-bye out and away from the Philippines.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual During my student days at the UP, I boarded with other girls in a dorm. Every Friday night, we had "jam sessions" dancing to radio music. There was one boarder who was taking ballet dancing. I was thinking she would be a good partner, knowing ballet, so I got her to dance with me. (I'll call her Mely). Contrary to my expectation, Mely was as heavy as a log. I was dragging her across the room, instead of our tripping the light fantastic. I should not have expected too much.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual With our first baby, Beatriz, the clinic staff was concerned with my having been new at motherhood. For that reason, they sent a visiting nurse to check on me. She came while the baby was asleep. Then she started to smoke. While she was lighting up her cigarette, I noticed the black crowns of her finger nails. I said to myself: "Oh no." Two counts against her that were inimical to her profession. I sent a message of mental telepathy to my baby sleeping in the bassinet: "Stay asleep, Baby. I'll wake you up when the nurse leaves." With that thought, the nurse stood up to leave. I said silently: "Oh good!" and she left. I forgot to mention to the clinic about the not-too-welcome visit of the nurse who smoked, sporting black crowns on her finger nails.
2 years ago
Cielito Ma Ymelda Pascual Mum, you have a great memory for stories, and you tell them so poetically!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Merci bien, Ma Cherie!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual A friend mentioned to me about a relation of hers who was in her nice mood when she badly wanted help from my friend. E-mails went back and forth. But as soon as everything was said and done, and the relation got all what she wanted from my friend, the relation dropped her like a hot potato, like she never existed. I told my friend that, that is a "deja vu" story I knew all too well. I said to her that people of that ilk are perfect students of the D-E-V-I-L, who spread their Bad Karma (which they grow them like poisonous weeds) will go back to them worse. And not to touch them with a ten-foot pole if she doesn't want to pick up their Bad Karma. I said God is always her great shield against those PERSONAS INGRATAS (Ungrateful Persons). She felt much better hearing what I told her.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Be very careful of people who take you for granted, like you were a stupid nincompoop.This is regarding the use of the telephone.

Example: They leave with you their phone number. You call them, just out of respect. And the person is at a class. You're told to call back at 6:00 pm. You do as told. Their phone just rings. You try again later. What do you know, they take you for a stupid nincompoop. You hear clicking sounds on their phone, which means they don't want to answer, or they don't want to be bothered. For you, one disappointment is one too many. You cross their names out of your phone list.

People of those ilk are not worth an iota of your attention, your respect (they already demonstrated their disrespect for you anyway), your social graciousness. Dogs have more manners than people of those ilk. Enough said.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual WE ARE NOT ISLANDS UNTO OURSELVES. Case in point: When there was flood around Manila, I got the picture emailed to me by my grand niece Jen. The water was almost up to her waistline. I rushed to them my financial help. They were thankful for what I sent. If I sat on my hands and didn't think of helping them, WHAT KIND OF CHRISTIANITY WOULD THAT BE? God, surely was watching what I would do. I was God's instrument to do the help that God wanted done for my niece's (Rosabelle's) family.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Another case in point: A mining incident in Chile in 2010 almost killed 33 miners. I was one of those who prayed hard for the safe rescue of the miners. One who prayed for them didn't have to be their relation. Common sense tells us that WHEN WE PRAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE, WE'RE ALREADY PRAYED FOR. The 33 miners were saved with the blessing of God!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When the grape season in the US is over, we receive the grapes from the orchards in Chile, so that we have year-round supply of the delicious fruit. That is globalization.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One other case in point: The Vietnam War had its fringe benefits. I have Vietnamese gardeners who are hard workers. They make our garden the envy of the neighborhood. The neighbor across the street, a minister, once said to me: "You're making us look bad." Besides their artistic garden work, they are generous. They share with me their catch of prawns, fish, king crab, calamari and their delicious Vietnamese cooking. That should make one salivate. I thank God for my Vietnamese gardeners.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We used to attend mass at St. Joseph's church, although we were not parishioners there. What I saw was that the women were wearing fur coats. That's ok. But the priest gave negative sermons, mad that their parishioners were not contributing enough in the collection basket. It didn't make sense to me. The fur coats and skimpy contributions were not congruent.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The madder the priest got, the tighter their purses were. My analysis went like this: Maybe, instead of their contribution going to the collection, it went to pay for the fur coats.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I think the problem was with the priest. He was not in tune with the Holy Bible. If he told them the story of the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish that fed the multitude of 20,000, and there were 12 baskets more of leftovers, it would have opened the eyes of the parishioners to this one miracle the Lord Jesus performed. Which means the parishioners' pockets would be multiplied with their giving more to the collection basket, because God provides. And we cannot outdo Him in His Divine Generosity.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Can anybody count the grains of sand on the beach? To me, that's the picture of God's generosity.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual During the Japanese occupation, the underground guerrilla (already in touch with the US forces) required the townspeople to get rid of their dogs. Reason: The Japanese garrison had a dog. The presence of a dog (owned by the Japanese) would indicate that the Japanese soldiers were around the area.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We had a puppy named Bambi. No one in the family had the heart to get rid of our puppy. My mother asked the help of a neighbor, Mr Sonido, to do us the favor of doing the cruel task. Mr Sonido came to the house after he did as asked. My mother asked him if he did it. He said it was finished. " But we heard no yelping from the puppy, " said my mother. Mr Sonido said he got the puppy while it was asleep.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual After that, everyone in our family suffered a kind of emotional reaction. We lost our appetite, we were walking around like zombies, it was like a scenario of depression. The puppy was after all like a member of our family. But we had to follow the mandate from the underground querrilla.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) This is the Biblical quote I asked to be printed in each of my checks. It's no surprise that all the bills get paid as they come, my thanks to the Lord!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual During the Japanese occupation, my mother and I hiked to the fishing village, Pug-os, where we had some rice farms. We were bringing the fresh clothes for my brothers in the underground guerrilla. My mother preferred to walk rather than take the bus. Walking was her physical fitness program. She liked to take in the fresh air as well as to exercise her legs.,
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual After we arrived there, my mother was into deep conversation with the farm folks. Meantime, I went to the veranda to enjoy the scenery of the countryside. I observed a cat on the ground with her eyes riveted to the top of a bamboo grove. I stayed to watch. Pretty soon a rodent dropped down to the ground and the cat was ever ready to pounce on it.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The lesson we get from that scenario: Concentrate on your goal and you will realize it. Concentrate on your fear and your fear will materialize.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When the Spaniards first got to Cabugao (this was not its name yet), they asked the townspeople what was the name of the town. They misunderstood the question. They took it as: what is the name of your tribal chief. Therefore they answered: Cabo Angao. The Spaniards mistook it for Cabugao. From that time on, the town's name was, and is, Cabugao to this day.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When a Spaniard was a visitor to a family, he had his dog following him. He didn't want his dog in the host's house. He said to his dog: "Sal de aqui." (Get out) The dog went out per his owner's command. The Filipino host copied the command to his own dog, saying: "Salaqui." You can hear that command in Ilocano translation to this day.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Quotes from The Secret to a Joy-filled Life
--Honor God by constantly raising your standards.
--If you cannot say something positive, silence is the best
alternative.
--Thoughts are causes, and circumstances are the effects.
--Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,and
whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
--Life is far too short to be held captive by the negativity
of others.
--Your greatest asset is God working in you and through
you, and this is best accomplished by allowing God's
Word to abide in you.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual --You are heavily influenced by your physical
surroundings, especially the things you read,
watch, and listen to, as well as the words
and images that consistently capture your attention.
WHERE you are, reinforces WHO you are.
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual --Gratitude is vital to a life of joy.
--The power of gratitude is undeniably immense.
--Gratitude expands joy, and entitlement shrinks it.
--By giving more gratitude, you get to keep more joy.
--There is a special bonus when you appreciate others.
It increases not only their value but yours as well.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual --As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the
man.
--Just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can
identify people by their actions.
--Whatever you give your attention to, expands in your
experience.
--Emotional strength is not about denying your problems.
It is about acknowledging a far greater power--
affirming God rather than affirming your woes.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual --For every effect in your life, there is a thought or crop of
thoughts that are responsible.
--God promises that all your actions produce reactions,
that what you sow in thought or deed, you shall
certainly reap.
--Remember, what gets impressed in your heart, gets
expressed in your circumstances.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "Big hat, no cattle."Famous quote from the Texans, where they sport big hats.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Real life example: A neighbor said to me: "We're still paying for that car now, but we will get us a new car pretty quick." He was addressing his statement to me, who has the exact opposite philosophy in handling finances.. I don't go for the "big hat, no cattle" that a lot of people live by. They are only kidding themselves, of course, trying to show off more four wheels after another that they are having a hard time paying for them. In short, that's what is called the "rat race."
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I suggest you read "The Millionaire Next Door," by Thomas J Stanley, & William D Danko. You will read the secrets of the so-called wealthy: It's pure Status Symbol, pure Big Hat No Cattle, pure Rat Race, pure Show Off.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual You have seen how shamelessly people dump their cigarette butts onto the pavement of parking lots, instead of taking their dirt home and throw it into their garbage can. What they are doing is embarrassing to God who gifted us the beautiful Universe for us to enjoy its beauty and for us to play in.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One Friday afternoon as I was coming out of the bank, I saw a man laying down something slowly wth care on the pavement beside his car. I got curious. As I got closer, I noticed him putting a banana peel on the pavement. I thought to myself: How dare he does his nasty job of leaving the banana peel which would endanger a kid, a pregnant woman, an eldely person or anybody who would make a mistake of stepping/sliding on that peel?
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I approached him and told him diplomatically there is a garbage can close by, pointing to him where it was. He had to pick up the messy banana peel and walked to the garbage can. (It would have been better for him to take the thing home and just throw it in his own garbage can.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When he came back, I said: "They do us good service here at the bank and they would appreciate our keeping it clean. BTW you wouldn't want somebody else make a mess of your yard, would you? (All the while, as I talked to him, I felt empowered by God).
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Then, I asked him his name. He was irked with me, I felt, that he didn't want to tell me his name. He said" You already said what you wanted to say, my name is not important."
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I did my civic duty to the bank, and my duty to God in my preventing a litter-bug from doing his plan of adding his mess to our beautiful universe.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "Your attitude controls your altitude." Casey Treat
People who are LOW-MINDED have VERY LOW ALTITUDE.
-When the world is against us, God is still for us.
-When people try to push us down, God can still lift us up.
(The picture here is that the negative people are left behind in the dust with their negative intentions keeping them company with the D-E-V-I-L).
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "Success is not defined by position or pay scale but by this: doing the most what you do best." Max Lucado
"God gives gifts, not miserly, but abundantly."
"When you are full of yourself, God can't fill you."
"With God, work matters as much as our worship. Indeed, work can be worship."
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I was coming out of the library one evening when I saw a woman smoking outside. I approached her and I said: "You could be healthier and richer if you didn't smoke." She replied: "I know all that." I continued talking and I had God in my sentences. She confessed she was an aetheist. I asked her: "What do you do in a dangerous situation?" She said: "Pure adrenaline."
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual All we can do for a person like her is pray for her that some day she will finally find the Lord, and not hang on to her adrenaline.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I have just experienced receiving SPAM today. It is from Tylenol Injury Legal Center. It doesn't show their e-mail address, not even an Unsubscribe button. I asked the library what I should do. They gave me this phone number to call: 888-282-0870. It's the number of my e-mail provider. Chris at that office gave me this address for me to forward the spam: report_spam@hotmail.com This should stop them in their tracks of harassing my Inbox.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "You don't have because you don't ask." James 4:2 If we would ask more, we would have more. Ask. Charles R Swindoll
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Suffering is a universal language.Tears are the same for Jews or Muslims or Christians, for white or black or brown, for children or adults, or the elderly.When life hurts and our dreams fade, we may express our anguish in different ways, but each one of us knows the sting of pain and heartache, disease and disaster, trials and sufferings. Truly, suffering is the common thread in all our garments. ---Charles R Swindoll
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One Saturday early morning, I took the girls (pre-school age) to Nordstrom downtown to buy shoes for them. At the store, we found the style we wanted. I handed the shoe to an elderly salesman. He took the shoe and dropped it to the floor as if in disgust. I grit my teeth, kept quiet, ignored his bad attitude, but I approached the young Afro-American guy behind the counter. I described to him the "disgusted" attitude of the salesperson. The guy, sympatethic with what we encountered, handed to me a card with a phone number to call. I thanked him for his helpfulness.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We paid for the shoes and left for home. I was bristling as got to the phone. My Hubby noticed something was afoot. I dialed the personnel department of Nordstrom, told the employee about the bad attitude of their salesperson at the children's shoe department. I said to her that if that salesperson took it as beyond his dignity to service us, he should not be working there but should be working cleaning johns. That it probably didn't occur to him that our payment for the shoes went indirectly to his salary, that if he was on commission, he was getting a percentage of what we paid for the shoes. That he was a square peg in a round hole working in there. That his bad attitude was uncalled for, that we were doing him a favor with our buying the shoes through him. The employee noted down everything I said to her.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The next mail brought a letter of apology to me, from the vice-president of personnel, Mr Johnson. I wouldn't know what happened to the salesperson with the bad attitude because Nordstrom opened another store in South Canter, that we didn't need to go to the downtown store anymore. I felt good about 'cleaning up' the 'social pollution' caused by an individual who didn't know any better.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Here's my discovery today. I was looking at the luminous red colored Pelargonium Hortorum (geraniums) with green leaves bordered with white, and the white petunias, dark velvety violet pansies, gossamer red impatience planted in the white planters on the sundeck railing. They are all glowing with their beauty in the sunshine. They are a picture of happiness, just glorifying God. They don't complain, just staying pretty, inspiring the spirit of anyone who looks at them.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Then my thought came: they never worry because they have no thinking mechanism. They contribute their beauty to the environment. They are not paid to do what they do. People should learn from them. If people can copy what they do: staying pretty to other people, not complain unneccessarily, express their glowing happiness to others, quit worrying, and glorify God, this world would be a better place to live in.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It was a pleasant surprise to discover that the Bible is the greatest textbook on prosperity ever written. Catherine Ponder.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual An ungrateful attitude of mind brings ungrateful,, limited financial results. The "attitude of gratitude" keeps prosperity coming to you from every direction." Catherine Ponder.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "There are many people out there who are filled with lust, not for sex, but for something more insidious, ---STATUS/.These folks are willing to spend ten times as much money for an item more than is necessary, all because they want to APPEAR RICH, or fashionable, or in the know."
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Now, of course, it's not wrong to like nice things. or to even indulge in a little showmanship once in a while. It can be harmless fun as long as you're aware of the truth. And the truth is that all status symbols, no matter how expensive and sought after, are illusory and therefore WORTHLESS. Unfortunately many people go through their entire lives without ever learning this lesson.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Then, at the last moment, when the curtain finally begins to fall, they come to the horrible realization that they have squandered all the precious time God has given them on the most frivolous of pursuits. Like Tolstoy's fictional character Ivan Yllyich, they're forced to admit that they lived their whole life "the wrong way."Had these people prayed for wisdom at an early age, they would never have made such a fundamental mistake. Why? Because at the heart of Christianity is the message of HUMILITY and SELF-SACRIFICE---the very opposite of VANITY." ---Anthony DeStafano
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I give the above subject the title of "In Your Face Consumerism."
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It's an irony that the truly rich don't need to broadcast to everybody that they "got ir made." They know, and don't have to show it off. For one thing, there is a great danger in showing off to the world that "they got it." They become objects of interest to the criminals.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual To those who are still struggling to "make it," the more they try to impress others about what "they got," the more others already know they "haven't really got it." Their effort to show off is a totally useless effort.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Those who want to be like the "Joneses," just keep quiet, pretty soon, you'll be like the "Joneses" or have caught up with the "Joneses," and maybe way beyond the "Joneses."
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This is a case of "showing off" that turned out badly. A young grade school boy was given a necklace with a jade pendant to wear to school. There must have been some robber lying in wait for good young victims in school. The young boy sporting the necklace must have been spotted by the alert robber. When the robber saw his chance, he grabbed the boy's necklace and yanked it out of his neck. The helpless boy couldn't do a thing, as the robber ran straight to the interested buyer for the necklace, which was valued at $500.00 according to the parents. It sure was a costly lesson for the parents' vanity.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "The rule is that we are always called to give from our need and not from our abundance." ---Anthony DeStefano
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "Before Christ completed His mission on earth, He took the time to roll up His burial cloth and put it neatly in a corner. That means that the very first thing God did after rising from the dead was tidy up! It's such a tiny detail, but it means so much. This is the same God who separated light from darkness and brought order out of chaos when He created the universe. Of course He didn't leave his own tomb messy on the day of His Resurrection. He left in an orderly fashion because He does everything in an orderly fashion. He is God of order and peace.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One day, I called up A T & T to ask a question, which I can't recall what it was about. An employee answered my call. After he gave me his answer to my question, I asked him: "What does A T & T stand for?" he said he didn't know. So I told him, it stands for American Telephone and Telegraph. I suppose that was the first time he ever heard what the acronym ATT stood for. He had been working there for years, and he never asked, or he didn't care, or to him, what difference did it make, he knew it or not. There are times when we have to put our curiousity to work so we don't look stupid to ourselves or to other people. A little learning can put us in good stead, as opposed to zero knowledge when knowledge is needed.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "Writing well is dependent on speaking well, speaking well is dependent on thinking well. So if you educate your children to think and speak well, it will be quite easy to teach them to become good writers" ---Mark Ford
I'm with you 100%, Mark. Well said.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual All "20-Somethings" (and beyond) should know:
-Live within your means.
-Avoid debt ---Porter Stansberry
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The person with a rich mindset is uncomfortable with debt. Whereas the person with a poor mindset sees debt as something desirable. ---Mark Ford
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Rich people understand and manage their debt. They don't let debt manage them. They're aggressive savers. They limit their spending.---Mark Ford
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual People buy THINGS THEY DON'T NEED,
with MONEY THEY DON'T HAVE,
to IMPRESS PEOPLE THEY DON'T LIKE. Author unknown
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Plan as if you were going to live forever, and live as if you were going to die today.---Nelson Nash
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual You wouldn't believe what I discovered today. My computer is an illiterate in other languages. I didn't know it is snooping into what I write on it.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I was writing to my brother, Alarico, in Spanish. Then I was going to print it out typed in Microsoft Word. Do you know that the machine balks at printing it out, saying it is "corrupt?" In other words, it didn't understand what I typed. I was thinking it would just accept whatever I typed and go ahead with printing it. What a discovery! I think I will report this matter to Microsoft.
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It's like I discovered America. I was typing a message in my Profile page. Then I saw the words Timeline and Timebook. I clicked Timebook first. It opened the Family Book. Clicking the forward button opens the page. And you will read what you have typed in your profile previously. How interesting!!!
2 years ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Before we started landscaping, I read the plant encyclopedia, read plant books and magazines. I memorized the botanical names (along with the common names of the plants) to be sure I would know what to tell the people working at the nurseries.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual At one nursery, I approached an employee and asked: "Do you have abies lasciocarpa?" He answered me with another question: "What is that?" I said to myself: "There goes my plant study. We went to another nursery. I asked the first worker I saw: "Do you have gaultheria procumbens?" Again, he answered with his question: "What is that?"
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I figured it was mission impossible giving botanical names to them who were not horticulturists. My strategy next time is to give them the common names of the plants, to help them, and to help my cause. Hoping it works.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We go now to Earlington Greenhouse where they have a good population of horticulturists. There, I can order ahead of the planting season the color choices I want, for instance, a patriotic theme of red, white and blue. And they give me senior price of ten percent off. That's a kind of royal treatment, if I might say so myself. Age has its fringe benefits. Try it sometime when you attain my age.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When you are Thankful, God makes your Tank full!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I'm reading the life of George Gershwin, composer of the famous "Rhapsody in Blue." It mentioned that they had a Victrola in their family. It reminded me that we had a Victrola too when I was a pre-schooler. It played disc records after it was cranked to the max. We had lots of danceable records we played on that machine.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One day, it was playing a danceable melody that was inviting to the listeners to dance. Although I was a pre-school kid, I grabbed my cousin, Mercedes Reyes, to dance with me. I was about one-half shorter to her height and she was many years older than myself. Without saying a word, she agreed willingly to dance with me (such a diplomatic cousin of mine!). To my amazement, she was as light as a feather to dance with. We enjoyed ourselves tripping to the light fantastic.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Some years later when I was in 4th grade, my cousin, Mercedes taught me, by rote, (teaching the piece without benefit of the score), "The Rosary"by Ethelbert Nevin. I learned it fast, and I even memorized it. I didn't see the score itself until some years later when I bought it at a music store in Manila. Sure enough, I was already playing the piece as was shown in the printed version.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual A guy was playing "The Rosary" on UTube today. How disappointing. He lacked expression, no feeling. He might as well have been playing exercises. The feeling to me was like I couldn't breathe enough. Or like food that is tasteless, and that it badly needs seasoning to make it tasty to the palate.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was dorm president of the UP-ywca, the dormitory matrons wanted me to invite Fr. John P. Delaney one Friday evening. I invited him and he willingly accepted my invitation. He came after dinner. When he gave his priestly talk, it was not to convert anybody to join the Roman Catholic Church. Far from it. His topic was close to everybody's heart. He said to us: "Be the best that you can be." That was a perfect message, not only for the boarders, but perfect for the matrons and the kitchen workers as well. It was a message to remember!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Fr. John P. Delaney, S.J. was the Chaplain of the University of the Philippines. He gave lectures on "Love, Courtship and Marriage" that was well attended not only by the Catholics but also by the Protestants, the Mohamedans, the Jews and the unaffiliated groups. The subject is of great interest to the student body, invitation was not needed for a successful attendance.

During Lent, Fr. Delaney gave lectures on the "Life of Christ" that filled us with food for thought for the Lenten Season.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Life is full of puzzlements. I called up an insurance office last week to inquire about my car insurance. A female employee answered me. While she had information about my enquiry, there was something about her that spooked me. I just couldn't put a finger on why I had that reaction.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In the afternoon, I called the same office. Another agent, Shelley, answered me. Somehow, I felt more comfortable with her. There was something about her that made me feel 'at home' talking with her. The reason will come a little later. Stay tuned.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Picture God listening to a group. This is real life story. The group speaks a dialect. There is one person separate from the group who doesn't speak nor understand the other people's dialect, but is not self-assertive to say: "Please speak what I can understand so I can participate." The person just stays mum. For all she knows, the group is talking against her in her face.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual God is sympathetic to the lone person, and frowns at the group's continued prattling in their dialect. God, the invisible and silent observer, sees that the group is showing its meanness to the lone person, displaying that they are personas antipaticas, personas maleducadas (badly educated), that they have no empathy for the lone person, that they are inconsiderate of the other person's feelings to the point that the other person is about ready to burst out crying. What's the reason for the group's ugly behavior? If you must know the awful truth, dear reader, it's because, as a group, they are more attuned to evil. They are not attuned to God, sorry to say. God, Himself, can see the score. From God, they cannot hide the truth.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Add to the fact that they are not attuned to God, looks like they never read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. Or simply they use common sense, or the Goldern Rule. If not, they may rather prefer to have company with evil, and keep contributing to "social pollution" as they go along in their lives. You'll be amazed at how many people there are who prefer to live like that. Of course they'll get their comeuppance, sooner or later. God will see to that.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I subscribe to this decor magazine which arrives monthly. However, I still have to see pictures in it that are cheerful to behold. The photos are mournfully dark, they look like they are members of a wake. I have mentioned the fact to their editorial department, but they don't seem to give it any importance. It may be their photographer who is projecting his depression, but I don't delight in sharing mournful-looking pictures. After my subscription runs out, they can't expect me to renew anymore. Mournful pictures don't inspire my spirit, and are not healthful to my psyche.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Regarding those people who don't apply the Golden Rule in their association with others, maybe there are really those who are happier consorting with evil and are uncomfortable being attuned to God. We can only pray for them to change their ways to find their way to God.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It is amazing how creativity can take on many forms. Roxanne, who works for a company selling dietary supplements, called me up today, claiming that they are shipping a blood pressure supplement on auto ship. I asked when I put in my order. She said it was way back in May 2012. It didn't ring a bell. I could have remembered it, my memory is still sharp as a tack. I said I would call if my memory rings a bell about that item. She said that she is going to cancel their shipping it. They sure are getting my patronage 'on the sly,' looks like an unbelievable marketing technique, I almost fell for it.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We have been enjoying these first four days of the New Year with glorious sunshine, very auspicious of God's gift of bright and prosperous days for all of us in 2013. It makes us feel like winning a million dollars, or a billion $s. God's Divine Generosity is really showing, I'll take it!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was in grade school, I sometimes had a wild kid's imagination. Thinking about the Pacis last name, I tried "monetizing" it by writing the pesos sign for the P, the @ for the 'a', the cent siymbol for the 'c', the 'i' for "interest", and the $ for the 's.' Do you know of any last name that can be "monetized" like the Pacis last name? I bet not.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Is it a boon to be multilingual? Definitely. I had a first cousin, Venus Reyes, who was married to a Spanish mestizo. They had 3 kids, a boy, Chiqui, and twin girls, one was Pilar, I can't recall the other one's name. In the household, they spoke Spanish. Playing with the neighborhood children, they spoke Tagalog. In school, they spoke English. They moved from one language to the other without problem of stuttering or whatever. It was like they had an automatic switch that changed their
language depending on the language of the person they
talked with.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I have read that to keep away Alzheimer's disease, learn and play a musical instrument, and learn a language besides what you already speak. I have been doing both my whole life. The two activities keep the brain busy, and help multiply the neural connections in the brain.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Other people drink alcoholic stuff, smoke, and just stare at the ceiling or at the walls. They don't even read to enhance their knowledge. That's a good breeding ground for the disease they don't want to have, because the brain, instead of working, is left idle. The brain WANTS mental exercise too, just as the muscles want physical exercise.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I realize that the Lord, God, has His plans for me. I can see that He has kept me into my golden years, because He needs me to record my memories for posterity. If they are just memories without being put into record, they would just be lost into the ether. Nobody can read them there, and they would be useless, and serve nothing to anybody. Sharing my memories is a great part of being a member of a family. We also need recorded memories of the other members of the Family Tree to make our genealogy interesting and authentic. Just the presence of photos on the pages of TimeBook is plain useless and meaningless.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I was a romantic at heart even at an early age. During moonlight nights, we would walk with the adults, some neighbors joining us, on a walk towards the west side of town. Walking in the beautiful moonlight was a source of joy for me. If I were a composer then, I would have transcribed our walk to music, competing with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Those, to me, in my kid's heart, were moments to remember.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When the girls were small, they would get sick, a part of growing up. After calling up the clinic for information, I would feel like standing at attention to wait for their return call. I thought to myself: This is no way to live. Then the cordless phone came about, which was the right answer to my dilemma.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One drizzly evening, my Hubby was driving us at the south part of town. Visibility was poor. Unfortunately, my Hubby got the car stuck in a hole in the road, that the city missed putting some barricade to prevent that kind of accident we went through. He had to go to a house to request the householders for the use of their phone, to call the AAA auto club to come retrieve us out of our traffic predicament. My thought again was: This is no way to live. Then the cellular phone came into being.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When the girls were in grade school, I would come home after dark, and I would honk for them to turn on the carport lights. I thought again: This is no way to live. Like an answer to a prayer, the motion sensor light became the technology. Always, without fail. God provides. Thank you for your Divine Generosity, dear Lord!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was in grade school, we had a huge mango tree that produced prolifically with its large, sweet, velvety fruit every year. We feasted and enjoyed its fruit, perfect for snacking, for antipasto, for desert after meals. Just all around delicious food. Like a gift of the gods.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual To keep bugs away, we never sprayed it. We burned its dried leaves underneath its branches. The bugs had no chance of surviving.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Like the romantic that I was, I would get a book to read under its shade, sitting on one of its strong branches. You couldn't find a better place to widen your horizon reading a spiritual book in the shade of that mango tree. I called it the tree for all seasons.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Regarding litterbugs who have no respect for God's Universe, who just throw their trash (of their lunch container, for instance), into somebody's yard willy-nilly, they are disregarding their internal conscience which, for sure, is telling them not to be litterbugs. But they do it anyway, instead of taking their trash home to throw it into their own garbage can
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Reversing the roles, they create their own Universe (their garden). And if they catch somebody in the act of throwing trash in their Universe, (their garden), they would probably operate their bbgun against that litterbug. That's why, God is protective of the Universe He created for us, that He can punish litterbugs who mess up His Universe with their trash.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was in Manila, waiting to leave for the US, I offered to be chef at my aunt's kitchen (Clara, Nana Allang) to prepare Bangus Relleno (stuffed bangus). I wasn't aware what preparation was entailed. But I braved the work anyway. I carefully removed the meat of the fish, keeping intact the skin. Then I pulled out all the very fine bones, zillions of them. It took just about all day for that part of the work. Mixed the flesh with the ingredients, stuffed them back in between the skin. I sewed up the skin together, and fried the whole- looking fish in oil to make it crisp.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I served it up on the platter with some garnish of parsley and some red cherry tomatoes. Everybody sat down and each one got his/her portion to enjoy. I blinked my eyes, and the whole thing disappeared. My work for a whole day gone in two seconds. I was glad my Bangus Relleno was relished and enjoyed. But what did I think? I said: "Never again!"
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Some years back, I went to Sky Nursery looking for plants. After I got my plants, I went to wait for my turn at counter. There was a customer there, inquiring about what tree to plant in his garden. He and the nursery employee were poring into a number of plant encyclopedias. They seemed to have quite a hard time. So, I intruded I told the customer about the tree in our front garden. It is an Acer (maple) Sango Kaku, that is a tree for all seasons.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I described it: After the leaves multiply in the spring, it makes a good shade tree with its striking light green color against the coral bark. The leaves have strong reddish tinge and as summer approaches, the thin textured leaves, turn an even lighter color of green. The leaves drop in the fall, and the branches show off their red color, which are more noticeable when there is snow on the ground. When the tree was young, the neighbors thought we painted it. My description of the tree was a strong advertizement of mouth that the customer wanted one for his garden..
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Against the vice of always asking is the virtue of never giving. Take it, or leave it.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I dialed 1-866-539-0864 from a Pop-Up on my computer screen. You supposedly call it for help on your computer problem. The Pop-Up says their technicians are Microsoft trained. When I called, they are rude in their manner of answering, and they have no knowledge about computer issues. My son-in-law thinks that it is a SCAM, calling their number will be a charge to you, the caller. I have already reported them to the Better Business Bureau yesterday. My nephew thinks their operation is originating from another country. We have to watch out for those scams that have a way of getting at your wallet.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Back in college, I had a classmate, Cherry. All my other classmates were congenial and friendly to me, except Cherry. I was trying to figure out what was wrong with her. She never said "Hi" to me, she never smiled at me. It looked like her requirement was for me to give her a million $s before she would become my friend. She really had a bad karma, I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Then I arrived at something more powerful than her hatred that she was carrying against me. I prayed for her for 3 nights. At first it was difficult to do. but I forced myself knowing that prayers have more power than evil. For sure, her attitude was nothing but evil.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The next day after the 3 nights I prayed for her, she said surprisingly to me "Hi" with her smile. I said to myself: "What made her change her personality?" Then I remembered my prayers for her for 3 nights. For sure, God was listening to my prayers which turned to God's power, which finally erased Cherry's bad karma. Never underestimate the power of prayers.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual More story on resilience? It's well-known knowledge that wars stop everything that used to be normal in our lives, like commerce. Like there was no more importation of fabrics with which to make our clothes. With my mother's ingenuity, that was hardly a problem. Using her skirts that were practically still new (because she hardly wore them), she made me dresses which I loved. They were quality fabrics in the 1930s, with beautiful patterns and lovely color combinations. The dresses she made for me with those fabrics made me feel like a princess wearing them. You could say I was the envy of my classmates every time I wore them.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual While I was residing at the UP-YWCA, I, with other boarders were invited to a party outside campus. At the party, there was a fellow, that I was told, was a terrific dancer of the tango. As luck would have it, he got me to dance with him. Without my being aware of it, I was already feeling like a professional tango dancer with the way he led me, that I could hardly believe which reality I was in. At his rate, I would have willingly danced with him all night long, but of course, that would have been an impossible dream. Well, dream on Baby, I told myself. Call it a crazy world.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Remember those days when telemarketers used to swarm our telephones, especially at dinnertime, just to sell whatever it was they tried to entice our buyer's weakness? Later the FCC created the "Do not Call Register" and anybody added his/her name to that list to stop those calls. I have my own cure for those calls. I say hello in different languages: Moshi-moshi, Buon Giorno, Bonjour, Hola, como le va, Que tal, It stops the caller cold who doesn't dare answer me in whatever language because he/she is not capable of speaking in another language.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was in the grade school, we had a tradition of praying the Angelus, the evening prayer, when the church bells rang to remind the people to gather together and say their prayer of thanks to God to give their thanks for the end of a perfect day.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual If we had a guest at that time, the visitor also joined with us in the prayer. After finishing our prayer, the younger ones would take the hands of the elders and kiss them "mano."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In this day and age, the computer and the television have taken over that important tradition in the family.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When we had drop in guests, and it was time for them to leave, my father would say to them, "Dios ti cumuyog," (May God be with you on your way). And the guests would say: "Dios ti agbati." (May the Lord stay with you). Notice that the Lord was very much a part of our movements, going or coming. That means that we wouldn't do anything without the presence and accompaniment of the Lord in our lives.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Signs of spring are showing up like the vine of the Clematis Armandii is producing cream colored perfumed buds, which will open the coming week. The first time it bloomed, I cut some sprigs to put in the vase. The second day I forgot about the flowers sitting in the vase. I noticed some perfume suffusing in the living room. Then I saw the clematis blooms which were the obvious source of that delicious fragrance. What a beautiful gift of God from the garden!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Have you noticed how some businesses like a bank or a home insurance try their luck at cheating their customers? Unbelievable, but they tried their cheating on me, their customer.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This is their technique. The insurance sent a wad of documents with big letters saying: "This is Not a Bill." Therefore I set it aside, waiting for their proper bill. Well, what do you know, another wad of documents arrived but with their warning: Late payment. Penalty #10.00. That made me feel like a bull that sees red. I called their agency right away and told them the unfairness of their "$10.00 late payment penalty" which was not applicable since I never received their proper bill. The woman agent who took my call said that she had the same documents on her table. She made the correction that same minute.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Another case, I paid a bill 3 (three) days ahead of the due date at Chase Bank. Their invoice arrived with the (you guess it) $10.00 late payment penalty. I called them lightning speed, that my payment was made 3 days ahead of the due date, and that they have to be dreaming to be charging me late payment penalty charge. Of course, (shame on them!) they made the proper correction.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This is my conclusion: They must be making a list of their customers of a certain age group that they think they can CHEAT easily. They will have a hard time cheating me because I record in my Day-Timer book every payment I make. So they better cross my name out of their CHEAT LIST.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Another cheating company: It's an e-mail provider out-sourced company, MyExcel, in the PI. My Credit Union always debited from my account to pay my monthly bill to my e-mail provider through the years. However, that out-sourced office in the PI claimed that I never paid my bills in July and August of the other year.Two copies of statements of the payments were showing the amounts paid for $2.50 each of the two months. The total payment for the 2 months was $5.00. Still, that out-sourced office claimed I never paid. That $5.00 if converted to pesos was 215.00 pesos. That was a lot of pesos for anybody.The credit union was helpless dealing with an out-sourced office. We were at an impasse. And I was tired of wrangling with them. If they thought that cheating people of 215.00 pesos would give them easy membership to millionaires' row, they can have it but with God's comeuppance they themselves created it. That was. in the final analysis, between God and themselves. I dropped them and got me another e-mail provider with better service.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There is a song with title: "Let the Chips Fall Where They May." Dear reader, this is one that should intrigue you.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Some people invite themselves to come to your place. Remember, you didn't invite them. But you say they are welcome. Meantime, you go to Sears to buy bed linens for them to use.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual They arrive, and the sons have the run of your household. They go use (without asking your permission) your stationary bike in the rec room. They don't ask you how to use the bike.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual After their visit, you go to your bike to exercise. The bike can't work anymore. The cord was busted because you were not asked how they were to use the bike. Evidently, they tightened it over the max. You had to call the house doctor to come fix it for you at a charge of $50.00.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Next, you go to collect the bed linens they used to throw them in the wash. Surprise, you can't find any linens. You try to look around. Still no linens. This is odd, you think to yourself. These are the first kind of guests who take away the linens with them. Is that their practice in their tribe? Maybe they'll mail them back after they get them washed? That was way over 10 years ago but the linens were not mailed back.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Twice, you sent by e-mail a question, it never got answered. You conclude it's useless communicating with their tribe. You feel you're being intrusive, so you quit associating with that tribe.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Tina Ouano (born Pacis), the youngest of my brother Augusto Pacis , is in the throes of worrying over her son, Miguel Ouano, who is hospitalized for a rare kind of cancer. Besides our combined prayers to God, I'm suggesting for her to bring some DVD with funnies or laughable content to entertain Miguel and help him forget his ailment. Also, to bring to him CDs with music that is the kind that interests Miguel. Music has therapeutic powers. (Because I play the piano, I never get sick). And to search the Internet for prayers to St. Rita of Cascia, who is a powerful intercessor for the case that they have with Miguel. Whispered prayers to God coming from our MyHeritage family group who can read this (with your praying for somebody, you're already prayed for) will also wield the power to lift Miguel out of his misery. The Ouano Family will be expressing their thanks to God for your loving prayers for them and their son, Miguel.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When we do something good for somebody, it comes back to us as big rewards from God. Example: During the Japanese occupation in the PI, the soldiers, because of the war, were classified as the enemy. When three soldiers showed up at our house begging for rice, with their helmets in hand, my mother didn't hesitate but filled their helmets with rice. My mother looked at them as people who needed to survive, and were hungry. What was God's generous reward for my mother's generosity? God made us all safe from the ravages of the war, He kept us all in good health, (no illnesses) that it was not hard for us to evacuate to the country by just walking and carrying our provisions and clothing on our heads.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Another example: Long before I was born, there was small pox epidemic. My mother was always collecting onion skins, which were used as home remedy to ease the itch of the affected skin. There were those who would approach my mother asking her to share with them if she had onion skins. She would readily share whatever she had. The reward? The ghost of the small pox disease never made its visit to our family, by God's blessing.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "Family is forever." This is the motto of My Heritage. I'm a great believer. Firstly, I thank God for having put me in with the group of my Pacis family, and I'm proud to be a member of it. That includes my second family nucleus of the Pascual family, Secondly, we are thankful to God for our accomplishments, the Pacis family and the Pascual family. We owe everything to God.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was invited to join My Heritage, I felt like balking, looking at it as one big responsibility. But, God changed my attitude 180 degrees. I looked at it then as one "fun work." From then on, I started that 180 degree change and happily worked on our profiles, starting from my parents, then my siblings, my Hubby and my daughters, and of course myself.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When you look at a structure of a house, all you see is its framework, no walls, no floor, no roof. Not much of a house, is it? It's the same as looking at photos and names in the pages of My Heritage. Is there anything interesting about this person, or what has this person contributed to society? Guests looking at those photos have questions but those photos end up being meaningless. Better to put some messages that can intrigue the viewer.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Photos and names plastered all over the pages of My Heritage are not worth a nickel without any message, or
profile story. When you look at a newspaper and you see pictures but they don't have an explanation what they are for on the page, wouldn't you wonder what those pictures are for? You would probably just trash it. Therefore, you wouldn't want to trash your own pictures for their lack of that lacking message, would you?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was young, the unspoken law in our household was "Be seen, not heard." I never complained about that law. I took advantage of it. How? I internalized things that I heard. I packed them all in my memory bank, so that today, all I do is retrieve them and they are ready to be posted on the pages of My Heritage. Talk about an unspoken law that could be the cause of a child's discomfort and unhappiness---all put to good use. It all depends on how a child takes it, or sees it. " If you can't lick them, join them," the saying goes. Just plain smart thinking. Capisce? So, today, I'm loaded with things to write about in My Heritage. As a result, the pages in our profiles are not left blank, or plain useless, with just faces and names that don't mean anything or don't say anything to the guest viewer.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual A finance officer of Chase was practically crying on my shoulders while we talked on the phone yesterday. He called to check on my accounts, about questions I may have, advice and suggestions he could give me and more, as a part of their customer relation better service. I happened to utter the old WaMu and it caused him to get teary eyed, I could hear him sniffling. To empathize with him, I said: "I didn't know whether to cry, or scream, or go berserk after that debacle within WaMu, I also suffered some financial loss but I feel there is no use living in what is past. God will compensate those who faced their losses." Being a finance officer of WaMu's past, he must have been heavily invested in the company, that he practically put all "his eggs in one basket."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This is the famous season of the year, income tax time. I just sent my tax estimate. Then, I went to play the piano to rest my brain of figures, amounts, etc. What do you know? The piece on the piano is: "The Best Things in Life Are Free." It says: "The moon belongs to everyone, the stars belong to everyone. They gleam there for you and me. The flowers in spring---. The robins that sing---, The sunbeams that shine---They're yours and mine---And love can come to everyone---The Best Things in Life Are Free." Won't it be a beautiful world to live in if all things are free?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I think there is just a thin veil between this world and the world of the spirits. But I imagine they are endowed with triple our earthly intelligence. They could be observing us, which is something unfair because we can't observe them. They move around with ease, not by walking, but by flying, going through walls, not needing to open doors. Isn't that marvelous way to be? Then, they don't entertain physical emotions like humans on earth have: no anger, no hate, no bilious envy, no superiority complexes, no meanness, (they are experts on the Golden Rule). They are living in Spiritual Divinity. They should come lecture us on earth how to live in their domain.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual What's great about their spirituality is they don't have chores we have to do on earth: they don't need to clean house, they don't need to clean their bodies, they don't have to shop, they don't cook, they don't eat, But I like the fact that they worship God with music of singing. They have a huge building of a library, thus they read a lot. Both activities, reading and music, are both up my alley. However, I wonder about who maintains their beautiful gardens, or maybe they have plants of a different classification that don't need continual care like the plants we have on earth.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual What amazes me is even by their leaving this earth, their love and respect for family is well instilled in them. I experienced the unexpected visit of a grand-nephew of mine, Miguel Ouano, who is already a new member of the spiritual domain, God bless his holy soul. How was it that he found our address, I have communicated with his Mom, Tina Ouano, my niece, (daughter of my brother, Augusto), only by e-mail. The day he joined the angelic chorus, I heard music strain of cymbals, mi-do-re, at our patio, while I was in the kitchen. He knew where to position himself so that I could hear the music strain of the cymbal. Putting lyrics on to the mi-do-re, he was saying: "I'm Mi--guel."In spite of the fact that we never met him, it impressed and amazed me that he came by to bid farewell to family. I thank him for doing what he did. We love him for his thoughtfulness.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Tina, Miguel's Mom, says he was into bass guitar. I'm not too familiar with the modern musical instruments today, so the cymbal musical strain I heard must have been from a bass guitar. That makes sense.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual My Heritage, if you didn't know, is melding family members on this blessed earth with members that are already a part of the spiritual domain. You can say that the word family is written on their foreheads (on imaginary terms). There may be those who have no feeling of belonging, and that's their prerogative, if that's their choice. Nobody is forcing them if they have no feeling of connectivity. What for did God create families? He had His Divine purpose, which nobody can fathom. But His purpose, will show the reason as life goes on. Then people will finally think and say: "So, that's why God created families because they are for a purpose which at first we never realize."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I belong and I'm a member of two families, the Pacis and the Pascuals and I thank God for making me belong. There are a lot of reasons for making me happy and thankful for God making me a part of these families. And they are all in my memory bank. For sure, God has orchestrated the scenario we are in. It's all in His Divine Purpose. Hallelujah to our Lord!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It's amazing to me how problems all crop up at almost the same time. And they strike us as almost insurmountable and overwhelming. Just like magic, God provides us the pieces with which we solve them. And almost without our awareness, those problems get solved. In other words, in a bunch, those problems crop up and almost like magic, they get solved. Just like that. It's because God is there guiding things around, and orchestrating them to bring about the happy solution. Thank you, dear Lord, for being our problem solver!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Unbelievable, I just finished e-filing my 2012 tax returns. And get this--zero taxes! That's as a result of reviewing and reviewing, and voila, not a single red cent for the IRS. I'm sure, God orchestrated the happy result. Thank you, dear Lord, for your guidance for me in my finances. And it was accepted by the IRS besides. I feel like I just won a billion dollars!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I have put messages in My Heritage, and 9 gracious family members responded. That's quite a record, even if I may say so myself. I'm of the belief that this is the website we can leave our messages and our thoughts, and/ or our wisdom and spiritual thinking. That includes our heartfelt wishes of sympathy to the families whose family members have joined the angelic chorus. Could there be any better way of communicating than using this website of My Heritage for our families?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I received an e-mail from a company that is giving warning to people who are enrolled in FB. It says you can stick with FB at your own peril, because you can be hacked if you stay with that website. You can remember: "To be or not to be." So, what will it be, be safe, or be hacked? It's your choice.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Years ago i was enrolled with FB.Then they asked me to update my profile. I complied. But when I read the result of my update, it didn't sound anymore like the update I did. It was entirely different, and it looked like they "doctored" the update I sent. Since there was no point in wrangling with people who are of a different intelligence, I opted to be disenrolled. That was over 3 years ago that I have been free from their website.
To be hacked can result in "headaches" for anybody, producing problems you could never foresee. The company that gave the warning is God's instrument in helping people be safe from being hacked.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual With the above experience, I deduce that those who work there don't have any respect for people. If that's how they run their business, then God is telling me to get out ASAP and not be a victim of their shenanigans.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This is the number to call to stop telemarketers from harassing your phone: 1-888-382-1222. Guaranteed to give you peace of mind.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Prayer attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, but written by a French writer.

Lord make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt , faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual God's generosity through people is always happening, even at times we don't expect it. My daughter, Beatriz, and I went to the Safeway store to pick up some items. At the check stand, there was a gentleman customer who was just through paying for his purchases. We were next in line, and I said to the checker that I forgot my Safeway card. The checker asked me if I could give him the number from memory. I said 'no.' The customer ahead of us offered the use of his Safeway card. I asked the checker if that was allowed. He said 'yes.' With that, he used the other customer's card. And I thanked the gentleman for his generosity. Like I just said, God's generosity through people happens when we least expect it. Thank you, dear Lord!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Almost 15 years ago, one winter's climate was so mild it felt like the winter took a vacation. Trouble with that is that the insect population multiplied fast. The next summer, we were facing insects in multiplied numbers.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The newspaper boy delivers and leaves the paper on the door mat in front and we bring it in not knowing that the fleas have congregated inside the pages of the paper. Without our knowing, they find themselves in the warmth of the carpeting, each flea delivers 10 eggs, the other fleas multiply likewise. In a matter of hours, we are infested with fleas.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I went shopping and I anxiously asked other customers what to do with flea infestation. One lady customer told me to go to the vet who would sell me 'bombs' and other items that will crush the fleas out of existence.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual At the vet's he sold me 'bombs' to use upstairs and downstairs. After turning them on, the girls and I would leave the house for 4 hours, go to and stay at the library within that time, read and do reference work, etc. After that, we would go home, vacuum the floor of the expired fleas, open the windows to air the house, light up candles to kill the smell, and turn on the fans as well. We would do the same procedure on the third and fifth day.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The vet also sold me naphthalene balls to put on the door mat By the way, the neighbors' cat loved sitting on our doormat which made him the ready host for the fleas. I also asked the gardener to spray the yard to kill the fleas that were proliferating outside.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We got rid of the problem at the cost of almost $200.00. I thanked God for the lady customer who told me about going to the vet. It's always through God's generosity where we get solutions to our problems!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I used to go to school, I would pass by properties of different personalities. One would be beautifully landscaped, with different varieties of flowering plants, vines, shrubs, trees. I would feel inspired just at the sight of God's creation growing in that property. It created, in me, positive energy. The reason? Because the property, which has become a garden, was glorifying God. No less.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Next property I passed by was as blank as a blackboard: Not one stick of flowering plant or shrub was growing there. My spirit reacted: I felt depressed, my spirit, instead of soaring with inspiration, felt sunk. I reacted with negative energy. Why? Because the property owner wasn't glorifying God, which affected my spirit automatically. In other words, we either see God in one property, or we don't see God at all. That's why God created this Universe for us to emulate and copy into our personal world, our properties, if we are lucky to have one.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Tengo algo de un sueno que en poco tiempo, hablaran Taiwanese en Cabugao porque es un centro de comercio y los Taiwanese estan mejorando el municipio, y hay signos de progreso.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I went to Neighbor Care Clinic for check up. As my daughter and I were about to leave, a pretty Filipino nurse showed up. My seeing her this time gave me a mental block on what her name was. As we talked, I blurted out, 'Eloise,' and she was very flattered that I remembered her name. Actually, I, myself, was taken aback for my saying her name because I couldn't recall it. I attributed it to my guardian angel for whispering the nurse's name into my mind because my memory for her name after 10 years of not seeing her was a total feat for my brain.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I thanked my guardian angel (her name to me is Anita) for helping me out in my memory department. Guardian angels are our great helpers in everyday matters.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There are 3 kinds of problem in this world.
Problem 1: A person causes the problem to himself/herself. The person smokes to excess, drinks to excess, eats to excess, gambles with the money that is supposed to pay for the bills, money to support the family, money that is supposed to be for the education of the children, etc.

Problem 2: Other people cause the problem to the person, cheat the person, steal money from the person.

Problem 3: Nature which is beyond nobody's control: Earthquake, hurricane, trunami, storms.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual A wife came to us crying because she needed to borrow money. We know too well that her husband gambles, and has no sense on what or how he is supposed to keep the money away from his gambling. In all good conscience, I could not lend her money that will just end up being gambled away by her husband. He needs to be educated at gamblers' anonymous.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual At this time, we have gardening to do before we plant the vegetables. We applied dolomite lime on top of the soil. raked it in shallowly,to sweeten the soil acidity. Of course, we measured the ph before that.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Before planting we had to apply inoculant to the peas and bean seeds. We should expect healthy growing vegetables for this summer, from our "city farm." with God's blessing. We'll have a feast on veggies freshly picked from the garden. What a perfect way to get back our property taxes!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The feeling is GREAT! I feel a reward is due to me from the very Hands of God.Even if I may say so myself, i can say: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, thank you, Lord. At the time I was facing the task of filling in the profiles of my families, I felt overwhelmed. But at this point, no more feeling overwhelmed. I have done the job, slowly but surely. For sure, God showed me the way. And I don't look at it that difficult or impossible anymore. First, look for God (like David did when he faced Goliath), and everything falls into place. So, again, I say: "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!" I thank you, Lord for guiding me!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Age should not be a deterrent to the accomplishment of one's goal. If there is a will, there is a way.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Looking at a vegetable seed, you wonder what possibilities there will be in that seed as it grows under your care. The same thoughts occur in your mind as you look at a tiny baby. And you start thinking, what kind of adult will s/he become? Will this child grow up to be full of ambition, full of plans of becoming a contributing member of society? Or will s/he be an adult who lacks ambition to forge his/her plans, (presuming s/he has plans) with no iota of motivation? Then comes in: "God helps them who help themselves." All my life, this is the guiding motto that helped me through every little job I faced from day to day. I must say it really worked for me. I thank the Lord for His guiding me!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Having a pet dog is good way to learn gratitude. There are people who go about with no inch of gratitude, or feeling of being grateful. They are called personas ingratas (ungrateful persons.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual If you give a dog a morsel of food, it jumps up and down, it walks around you and gives its doggy kiss on your hand, it gives a yelp as if to say 'thank you,' or as if to ask for more of the morsel you gave it a while ago. Realize that the dog never went to school to learn how to be grateful. But it reacts to you, the master, gratefully and lovingly, And you start wondering why there are people who supposedly have gone to school but they definitely lack the education that the dog has about GRATITUDE. I have come across people of that ilk. You figure out that they need to go back to school to unlearn being PERSONAS INGRATAS.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Then you will ask yourself: "How will that INGRATE INGRATIATE herself to me the next time, (if there will be a next time), she badly needs help? Great question!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Watch out for those catalog companies that take orders for plants. I ordered calibrachoas (million bells) with Hawaiian sunset colors, on May 12, 2013. I also ordered petunias and vincas of multi colors. I was told by the order taker,Jodie, that they will be shipped on May 20, 2013. I asked why so late. Jodie said it was according to the date the orders were received. I took her word for it. After the 20th, I waited and waited. No package arrived. I finally e-mailed to Springhill Nursery to ask about my order. All they could say was, sorry, they didn't have my order, in spite of my giving them the order number and the name of the order taker. Major disappointment. I promised myself never to make any order with that company again. Luckily, I was able to get multi-color petunias, calibarachoas, and vincas at Earlington Greenhouse. This kind of disappointment made me think that their employees are just clock watchers, and not focused on their jobs.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This passage is from the Bible, Ezekiel 37; 26-27 Watch how P-A-C-I-S comes out in the verse.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I will make a covenant of Peace with them.
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I will establish them and I increase their numbers
And I will put my Sanctuary among them forever.
one year ago
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual P-A-C-I-S is given importance in the Bible. Therefore, don't throw away your PACIS family name. Capisce?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Have you tasted the dragon fruit? It's a super representation of God's artistic production. Red peel outside with those petal parts that came from the formation of the fruit. Slice the fruit in half and the inside has white flesh with scattered little black seeds that can be be chewed.The flesh tastes good, just scooping it out with a spoon. The color combination can be translated into an evening gown, that anyone can proudly wear to an important event.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Other than the surname PACIS, have you come across some surnames of royalties or surnames that are usually headliners in the newspapers or other publications that have been given importance in the Holy Bible like the surname PACIS? If anybody has discovered any such name, we'll be glad to know it. But the truth be told, the surname PACIS is so far the ONLY NAME that has been given that honor. Any comments, beloved readers?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Guardian Angels, they do exist and they are keeping us company while we sleep or while we are awake. I have proven it many times.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Yesterday, I checked the weather forecast to see whether I should turn off the sprinkler for the garden. It forecast 40% rain. I. therefore. went to turn off the sprinkler so it won't operate the next day.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual But, I got wakened up before 6:00, which is not my normal time to wake up. Seven or before, is my usual waking time. I checked if it rained last night, I couldn't see a drop of rain on the veranda. So I turned on the sprinkler box to operate after six. But, you know what, I think my Guardian Angel, Anita, (it's the name I call her) woke me up for me go turn on the sprinkler system. You see, I didn't need the alarm clock to wake me up. Anita, my Guardian Angel, did me the favor of waking me up. What magical lives we live when we get favors from our Guardian Angels. I thank God for my helpful Guardian Angels!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Have you come across some people who go through life just by going through the motions of living and nothing more? Their minds lack analysis of what life is about.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I shop, I freely talk to people I meet for the first time. I'm not inhibited to open a conversation by asking questions. They maybe in deep reverie or whatever but they welcome my unexpected intrusion just the same. To me, asking questions may give me the answer I'm looking for. That's free education I don't have to pay one red cent.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One day I was shopping at a Filipino vegetable store. There was a guy shopper. I brought his attention to the abundance of the vegetables in the store, and I said: "Notice these abundance? This is just one store. There are more stores in the area, and more stores all over the state of Washington. And there are more states selling this kind of vegetable abundance we can feast on everyday. Where do do you suppose they are coming from?" And he blurted our: "Beats me." He must have thought his outright answer was smart. I said to him: "All these come from God." He must have felt confused by what I said if he is the kind of person who just goes about life, goes with the motions and nothing more. With more intelligent analysis, dear reader, God is the source of everything because He orchestrates everything for us.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual He orchestrates the farmers to plant the vegetable seeds, care for them as they grow, then when they are ripe for picking, harvest them and transport them to market, to the stores, etc. All the shoppers do is go buy their favorite vegetables, take them home to cook and feed their families. We, the shoppers, are the beneficiaries of God's Orchestrations. Capisce?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The cherries are now in season. We have a cherry tree in our garden, I was able to taste one, but the merciless birds beat us to the punch. We'll have to outsmart them next year, God willing, by putting up some bird scare tape or balloons.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We have lomboy, a fruit in the PI similar to the cherry. We put a bunch of the lomboy in a bowl, sprinkle a little amount of salt, cover it with a plate and start shaking them like the maracas, for about 3 minutes. Then we start popping the lomboy into our hungry mouths. Voila, delicious fruit! Just do the same to the cherry and they come out just as delicious. you won't be able to stop. Thank God for those generous summer products of fruit to fill our hungry tummies!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The maracas is a gourd filled with seeds, that when shaken according to the rhythm, it provides the danceable background to the music that is usually in Latin beat.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When you stay attuned to God, miracles do happen for you, when you least expect them. Your being connected to Him makes it very easy for Him to orchestrate the happening of those miracles. I say it not to brag but I speak the unvarnished truth. The miracle that you experience is the equivalent of an elixir to all your ills. The result is that you feel like you can tackle any problem that comes along. There is a lot of truth in the saying: "God first, and everything will fall into place."
That's the spiritual magic if only people know how to make use of it.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This happened today. I called the company that installed our home alarm system. I pay the bill every month before the due date. Yesterday, I received a bill that is charging me for 2 months. It looks like the agent who took my payment last month never recorded the payment I made by phone. Therefore, I called up that company to find out what happened to my payment. (Previously, I had to check with my visa account if they have a record of last month's payment. And the payment is not showing). I kept cool and not get riled up. (Remember the saying: "Honey attracts more flies than vinegar.") Terry came to the phone, and surprise! she said to give me one month free! I thanked her for her generous consideration and for being an angel to me in human form. I could feel that everything about my case was orchestrated by God. I advocate that if we stay attuned to God, we deserve to experience miracles we would never experience just on our own human effort. Thank you, Lord, for your Divine Generosity!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual A lady doctor was showing me her newly planted little dahlias, with her facial expression like her whole world was crushed. The dahlias looked like they were suffering from something. She mentioned that she applied fertilizer on the dahlias. From her very statement, I got the answer to the plants' problem. I said to her: "Being a doctor, you wouldn't prescribe for a baby what you
would ordinarily give to an adult, would you?" My question, which was also my answer, opened her eyes. In other words, she didn't connect her medical degree to the needs of her plants. She then realized that she had applied the fertilizer much too early for those baby dahlias, which then overwhelmed their system. Even without a medical degree, I was able to analyze what caused her plant problem and I was glad to be of help.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual As I walked to my car one day, I saw a guy working hard on his garden that was high up above the street. I called to him that he was doing a "tall" job in his garden.
He answered that the work was giving him exercise and and the care that the plants needed. As we talked, he dug up two Trilliums from the plot he was working on, and handed them to me. I didn't expect his sudden generosity. I thanked him for sharing me the Trilliums. And I thanked God for the guy's (I didn't know him, neither did he know me) generosity.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The little lesson in this dialog is that God wants people to get connected to others, we know them or not. The Trilliums he shared with me was from the goodness of his heart. I think he was touched with my commenting on his "tall" job that he was doing in his garden, and, as a result, God orchestrated for him to share his plants with me, he knew me or not. BTW, the Trillliums are plants from the wild, which are more expensive when sold in the plant stores. Their flowers come out red or white in the spring, and they have leaves that are 3-pointed that symbolize the Holy Trinity.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Names are very important to a person from the time they are christened, and they carry that name into their adult years, unless they decide to change it. I was talking to a female on the phone, I can't remember the reason for the call. I asked her to kindly spell her name because she was pronouncing it too fast. She started C-A-N-D-I-V-E-R. I didn't make any comment about her name but it struck my ears like "cadaver." I wondered what made the parents choose a name like that for their child. It would have been better if they chose CANDY.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Me parece que en Cabugao, estan celebrando una prosperidad debido al interes de los Taiwanese de hacer el municipio como centro de sus proyectos comerciales. Les deseo una gran prosperidad de hoy en adelante, con la bendicion del Todopoderoso!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Doesn't everybody wish all the flowers carry fragrance so that the garden would emit and suffuse their perfume morning and noon and evening. As a result when we cut some for the vases, the living room would seem like the smell of heaven.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The rose has a message for us. The thorns are the symbols of the challenges and problems in life. The flowers share us their beauty, to give our spirit the inspiration to forge on. The different colors have symbolical meanings: Red is good luck as believed by the Chinese; white is purity; yellow is courage; peach says: I'm OK, you're OK.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual To me, the horticulturists are God's assistants because they develop new varieties of plants, like they have caused the development of a rose with no thorns. But they're still far from introducing fragrance to the flowers. Only God has the Divine Power to do that.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual A golden age couple came today door to door to invite to their church July 4th event. I asked Marilyn: " Parlez vous francais?" She said 'no.' "Es Vd del habla espanol?"
She said she doesn't speak another language but English. I asked her companion, Ron, the same questions. He said he speaks no other language but English. I advocated to them to learn another language to be globally connected to the world. Marilyn said she doesn't operate a computer because she doesn't have a computer. I said that in this day and age of technology, even the little children know how to operate a computer. I advised them to make it their half year resolution to learn a language and the computer. Ron was uttering the website I gave them where to buy the CD roms for languages. I think I may have made them followers of my vision for a more intelligent life.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There are a lot of reasons for my being an advocate for learning and knowing other languages. Language has charms. During WWII, we learned the honorific Japanese (as opposed to barbaric Japanese). When the enemy became curious about the the PI natives, we were already armed with the language with which we could talk to them. They showed instant respect for us, thinking we were like their relations in their homeland. At the same time, a number of people in town were tortured or killed. If they knew how to speak the honorific Japanese, they could have been looked at with respect, and not suffered the ravages of war.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual During the administration of President Kennedy, he and his wife, Jacquie, went to France. Having been a graduate of the Sorbonne University, she was well-versed in French. She gave a speech in French and the audience loved them. They went to S America. She was well-versed in Spanish as well, and again gave her speech in Spanish. And the S Americans loved them.
But when Pres Nixon, during his administration, went to S America, after his speech, what did the audience do?
Sorry to say, they spat on him. Now you see, what language can do? You either get respect, or you don't.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There is a company called Maid Brigade, that do the service of cleaning houses. The staff is mostly from Mexico. Naturally they speak Spanish. I speak to them in their language. I ask them if their other customers speak to them in Spanish. They tell me, I'm the only one who speaks to them in Spanish. They say the other customers can only say: "Hola," "Graciias."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Many US citizens are proud to broadcast their trips to Europe, more specifically to France. They come home and complain that the French didn't treat them as they expected. For one thing, they never put on an effort to speak a few phrases in French to feel connected to the French people. They just insist on speaking the American English, which is not flattering to the French people. If they have a few phrases in French, then they can expect "royal" treatment, and the French people feel flattered that their visitors are making an effort to understand and be understood speaking French. That's what is called Instant Psychology in the use of language.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One congressman said sometime ago: "This is a one language country." He said that maybe because he lacked speaking knowledge of another language outside of the American English. Or he didn't feel like a world citizen and didn't empathize with other people and their problems. He didn't realize that this is a melting pot of different nationalities and languages, that contribute their skills and talents to the prosperity and economy and wealth of the country, as well as pay their taxes. I feel sorry for the guy for having said that. He should have qualified his statement in a different phraseology.
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Of course, he was probably feeling like an Island unto himself, that he didn't care much about other people or what happened to them. There are people of that ilk, whose interest is just centered on themselves, being egoistic. But God has no sympathy for those kinds, because they concentrate on themselves. They are unsociable, probably don't know how to behave in society, so don't expect them to show up at your party. Your invitation doesn't trigger their social instinct because they are zero in that department. It's like asking a bald man to grow hair. Capisce?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual With language, there is some important branch which we have to deal with. It is called semantics. That is, how to properly express something in the language we use. As an example, one day, I was out in the garden, weeding along with the gardeners. Mr. Ulysses Baldwin, a minister and neighbor across the street, came over to request the gardeners for their garden services, and then said to me: "You are making us look bad." What he said made greater impact than if he were to say: "Your garden looks nice." In other words, it flattered me more than otherwise. I answered him we were just having garden fun.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We just experienced power outage about 30 minutes ago. It's amazing that when it happens, everything we do has to stop. There is nothing we can do but wait for the power to come on. I was typing a message on the computer when the lights turned off. When the power turned on again, the start of my message was left intact. We thank the line men for their finding out the cause of the outage. They're always on the ready to start the power back and life is back to what it was before the outage. We thank God for their skill and strength and patience for returning us back to normal again. They are equivalent to angels in human form for taking us back to normal life.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It's amazing what good advertising can do, psychologically. My daughter, Cielito, bought some packaged asparagus at Trade Joe's. For the first time, the packaging shows the picture of a fork, that by looking at it, makes one salivate for the vegetable inside the wrapping. I had just finished eating my brunch but the picture of the fork had caused its psychological impact. I had the desire to eat again. I called up Trader Joe's to give my feedback about the effect of their packaging on me. Lisa, the one who answered my call said : "Awesome!"
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It feels good to be able to do online certain obligations like renewing vehicle license tabs. I could feel sorry for those people who don't have computers, or don't know how to use computers. In this day and age of technology, they are unnecessarily denying themselves the convenience and joy of doing the task with ease.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was in school at the UP, we had swimming class before we went home for lunch. After lunch, we went to school for the afternoon sessions. The swimming was very conducive for napping, I would sit beside a classmate running her scales on the keyboard. I could easily tune out the sounds of the scales on the piano, closing my eyes, fell into a nap, and slept like a baby. In 5 minutes, the bell would ring, and lo and behold, I could wake up feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to face what felt like a new day again.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I was talking to a worker at a supplementary diet company. His name is Lavell. I commented that his name was unique and sounds like it could be made into a song. He mentioned that he has a friend who used to sing with the Lawrence Welke show and that he could ask her the favor of composing a song for it. That was exciting for him that his name could be built into a song, on my accidentally urging him to make it his personal project. That was just on an accidental whim in our conversation.
one year ago
Henry Pacis You wore LAURELS with your narrations. SUPERIOR!!!. I did not commit a tiny speck of error in appointing you my Official Biographer
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Do I have enough qualifications for the Office?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Would you believe it, I did it in one sitting, because I got dictation from God. It was fun too.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Does anybody know much about birds? I was just dead-heading the spent flowers on the sundeck. My scissors was making the clipping sound as I cut along. Pretty soon I heard similar sounds, which I thought was coming from the neighbors. I noticed a little bird flitting around the flowers. Then I deduced the sound was coming from the little birdie. It sounded like clipping of hair by the barber. I couldn't tell if the sound was made by the bill of the bird or by its tail. I have no educated knowledge about birds, it was the first time I heard such sounds. But nature sure is interesting, that maybe the bird was communicating to me with its birdie language. Maybe it was saying to me: "Thank you for your beautiful flowers. I sure enjoy and love them."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual You wouldn't believe me if I tell you my mother was my 'dentist' before I entered first grade. (No kindergarten grade yet at that time). There were absolutely no dentists in our town when I was at that age. My mother would 'lasso' a loose tooth with thread, then yanked it out of my mouth. Voila, done. The permanent teeth followed after that. At my age today, I still have all my teeth except two wisdom teeth that were giving me pain when they were shooting through my gums. Our second cousin, Samson Sol Flores, was our town dentist then. He said the wisdom teeth didn't serve much purpose anyway. He had his practice in Cabugao, then he moved to Chicago and later got retired. He is at his ripe golden age of over 90. There is an interesting write-up about him on the Internet. You'll see his picture posted as well.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Before I entered school, my sisters lodged a campaign for me to eat vegetables to have rosy cheeks, so they said. What they didn't know was that their campaign was for the birds because I was a natural veggie eater like Peter Rabbit who frequented Farmer McGregor's vegetable farm. I feast on vegetables today like there is no tomorrow. Rosy cheeks? They are a natural outcome, because I don't have to apply artificial color to my cheeks using those commercial make-up which are pure waste of money and time and possibly bad for the skin.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There was a year when we had zucchini in the garden that gave us an over-supply of their fruit. Naturally, I had to share them with our neighbors. I brought them a basket of the generous zucchini. The wife met me at the door. As I handed her my vegetable gift, she said with a scowl on her face and said: "How do you fix THAT?" She hit me with her bad semantics and bad facial expression. She could have said with a SMILE, "how do you fix this?" Her using the word 'that' is indicative of her disgust for the zucchini, plus she said it with a SCOWL. Some people just can't hide their negative dislike for something even though it's a gift.
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Later on, she was diagnosed to have cancer of the colon. The health books say, that if a person is not a vegetable eater, the body lacks the roughage from vegetables in the digestive system which act as the 'broom' for the digestive tract. In other words, the neighbors are meat eaters, having no appetite for vegetables.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The Maid Brigade cleaning crew came to do cleaning service for us the other day. They are meticulous and thorough in their work. The only trouble is. that after they leave, we have to search where they hid our kitchen and table equipment, hiding them like they hide the gold at Fort Knox. Just the same, their cleaning our house makes us feel like we are in a new home, smelling fresh and clean and organized, plus the silver items are polished, looking like new. They're like angels in human form with their doing the job that is close to impossible for us to do. We thank God for their joyful service for us, which we badly need.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Just a sequel to my teeth that are the permanent ones after the milk teeth bid their good-bye from my mouth. I'm thankful and proud to say that I never suffered from tooth ache up to the present because they are my pearly whites that I give their proper and thorough care with flossing and brushing and rinsing my mouth after drinking juice to neutralize the sugar in the drink. I read what dentists say about bad teeth, or bad mouth. They affect the innards in the digestive region of the stomach, which then causes the disease of the person. The dentists say bad teeth make for bad digestive region. That means 2 areas of the body are "sick" at the same time. To me, caring for the teeth is a heath luxury which amounts to money in the bank. Capisce?
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Have you experienced something like this? You're eating from a plate that coordinates well with the color of the food you serve on it. You're savoring the food on the plate. There is some design on the plate that looks like the food you're eating from it. So you continue picking up the food with your fork which you think is still on the plate. In reality, you've scraped up all the food on the plate. Then you think to yourself, "how stupid!" of me. Then you realize how artistically designed was the plate that you couldn't recognize between what's reality and what is not. It is a case of "Art Copying Nature."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was young, and in the grade school, I used to get sick, possibly picking up from my classmates their illnesses as we were in close contact at school. I would have fever. But I never saw a thermometer in the house to measure my temperature. My mother's hand was the convenient "thermometer," feeling me how hot I was. The trouble with my having fever then was that the castor oil was the ever ready perennial remedy for my fevers. My mother would give me a dose of the castor oil to get rid of my fever fast. She would relinquish being nurse to my Aunt Clara (Nana Allang) who would dramatize that the castor oil was 'delicious' even though I knew it wasn't actually delicious, and she couldn't fool me one whit. After some royal battle of insisting on me to take the bad tasting castor oil, I had to finally give in, since I had no way out of taking the dose. These days, the drug stores now have castor oil in gel caps which hides the ugly taste when swallowing them. I could have given an arm and a leg in my young age to have those gel caps instead of swallowing the oily, bad tasting stuff.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There was always something positive with my getting sick when I was a kid. My father would prepare me a delicious roast stuffed chicken. He would fill the innards of the chicken with a kind of edible cactus that was used to add flavor to the chicken. It was called carimbwaya. It would give delicious flavor to the chicken as it was cooking and the cooking smell would permeate the whole house, besides the kitchen. Of course my father would wrap the whole chicken with banana leaves, after he had seasoned the cavity of the chicken, and having added the sliced caimbwaya. The whole chicken would be stuck into a spit, and my father would turn it over many times above live coals in a clay stove. Of course in those days, rotisseries were not heard of. My father, with great patience, had to be the human rotisserie. And voila, I felt like royalty when he brought to me the cooked pollo, muy sabroso, for my dinner.
Mil gracias, Papa mio. Que te bendiga el Todopoderos.
one year ago
Cielito Ma Ymelda Pascual Mum, that sounds delicious. Lolo must have been a great cook!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Your Lolo Lorenzo was an all-around great guy: he concocted delicious dishes muy sabrosos, wide reader of the classics like "The 3 Musketeers" and "Count of Monte Cristo," brilliant conversationalist with the educated and unschooled, enjoyed life as it came, he had political savvy when it came to choosing a political candidate saying: "Choose the lesser of two evils."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Life is full of choices. Looking at the flowers, I see them endowed with different colors. We, the beholder, have our likes and dislikes of of one color. For instance, the yellow color comes in different color strengths that attract us or repel us. Therefore, we choose the more attractive one we have affinity for. A real pale yellow flower doesn't attract the eyes enough as a brighter one close to orange tones.

Then there is food. We like foods that make us salivate. It could be Filipino concoction, or Chinese, or Thai, or Vietnamese, or Spanish. We judge the dish by taste.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual My point is that we also have our choices when it comes to people. There could be people we like or dislike. Even though there is dislike for certain people, we are not to hate them but we can love them. It's a little hard to love people we dislike but love has a quality that transcends dislike or hate. That's the spiritual quality we receive from our loving God. That's what we apply in dealing with unlovable people. When we do, God rewards us with His Divine Generosity. That's why we were kept safe from the ravages of war in WWII. The Japanese were labeled as our enemies, but we had our "spiritual love" for them. It was 'God's love" for them
that they saw in us. If we ever tried to be antagonistic towards them, I wouldn't be posting this message today. We thank God always for His Love for us.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One day, I went to the library to pick up my reserved books. First, I talked to Kate who speaks French. I greeted her in French, and we talked awhile. Then I went to greet another librarian who speaks Spanish. I don't recall her name. We talked in the language of Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish. Observing that I used two different languages, the young library helpers were amazed how I conducted my business linguistically. I just hoped my example influenced and inspired them to be linguistically inclined to learn other languages in school. Maybe they'll turn out to be diplomats some day.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was back in school, and I was boarding at the UP-YWCA, we were subject to paying for our board and lodging, naturally. I had a dorm mate who surprised me with bringing her newly bought pair of shoes for safe keeping, more for hiding them from the matrons. She must have considered my room like Fort Knox where they hide the gold under tight security. What's the idea of hiding her newly bought pair of shoes? Without asking her questions, I came to the conclusion that she must have used up her money for her board and lodging fee for going to the movies and for buying the new pair of shoes. I was one who had no desire for going to the movies where there was always smoking and the smell stuck to the clothes. Besides, I always had my priorities in good order, paid the dorm fee first before anything else. When the matron came in the evening to check us in our room, the new pair of shoes was in plain sight, but the matron never questioned me about them. For one thing my dorm fee was paid for, no arrears, the matron left the shoes alone, they were not a questionable item to her.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We have that perennial question: "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Just today, I have arrived at a philosophy of life, I think it's more a message from God.
The thought that arrived in my mind is that, why do the rich smile more than otherwise? No doubt, they have something to smile about. But the niggardly can hardly smile because they feel that life is not treating them right. (I have neighbors who are in that category). In other words, if a person smiles more, that person attracts the positive and life (God) pours on him his needs, and more. If he puts on a scowl, he is repelling the good that he otherwise would be receiving. Let's all put on a smile so that the world smiles on us. A smile magnetizes the good to us and this world will become a more prosperous world!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When God created the Universe, the flowers came along with it. Because the flowers are nature's smile. If you notice a garden with flowers, your spirit smiles. Flowers also project prosperity without a doubt. It's the same with people. A person who smiles has something to smile about. The person, without a doubt, is prosperous and is enjoying prosperity. A person's smile is an attractant to God's Divine Generosity. Just try frowning all day long. It affects the people around you. You become repellent to the good that would otherwise come to you. A smile rewards, a frown doesn't.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I have these neighbors, a family, that through the years at Christmas time I give them a gift just because it's the season for giving. I wasn't expecting anything in return. But every single year, they never reciprocated. They are just niggardly, no giving spirit whatsoever. If I were in their place, I would feel very uncomfortable if I don't at least reciprocate. Even just giving a poinsettia plant, the symbol of the season, would at least make a nice simple gesture. But their signature is being "tightfisted. God is probably frowning on them for their being stingy, lacking a generous spirit at a season of giving.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual God rewards generosity, no question about that. Henry Ines Pacis has a daughter, Queenie Pacis, who underwent kidney transplant not too long ago. It may surprise you to know that the donor was her classmate,
in high school, who is not a blood relative. What great generosity! She was practically giving away half her life in her generous gesture. Did I say 'gesture?" No, it was Noemi's sacrifice. For sure, she is receiving the Lord's unimaginable rewards now. What she did was a result of God's powerful orchestration. Because of his age, Henry couldn't be the donor.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual At this point, Queenie is taking medications to make the donated kidney compatible with her system. We all know how medical expenses go. Monumental! Henry does a project of putting names and surnames into anagrams, that will spell the names embedded in the verses of the Holy Bible, which makes it so much a part of the verses. looking like God has especially chosen the person's name. What an honor to be mixed in with the prophets and apostles. If you have a special picture you want to add, that will round out the project. Henry is not asking for a hand-out. That's why he is doing the project to tap on your desire and generosity. The Lord blesses everyone who joins in helping the project a success. We thank you for your Blessings, Dear Lord!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was about school age, we had a Sampaguita plant that bloomed profusely. Its flowers were pure white with a delightful fragrance. It is the national flower of the Philippines. It tempted me to make a lei by stringing the separate blooms, using thread and needle, which I would wear around my neck. Sitting on my neck, it wouldn't last long because the warmth of my neck would make it wilt. When it did that, I would make another lei again. Its fragrance was more exquisite than the perfumes sold in the cosmetic departments of the stores. Try as they might, the perfume manufacturers couldn't compete with nature by their trying to copy the sampaguita fragrance.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual What is meant by being attuned to God? If we think of the orchestra, the performers who play stringed instruments need to tune their instruments with the pitch pipe so that they are all in harmony with each other. If they don't tune their instruments, they will be in dissonance with the other players. Let's say they play a number by Beethoven. With the resulting dissonance they produce, the audience will automatically leave their seats, go home and later claim back what they paid to attend the concert.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It's the same with God. If we are in harmony with Him, His Will and His Commandments, life for us will be in harmony too. We won't be swimming against the flow. We will be in harmony with other people. We will receive the Divine Generosity of God more often than otherwise.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This is under the subject of generosity. Life is a matter of Give and Take. Let's think of the farmer who is going to plant his seeds. He is thinking of just planting a few seeds. Naturally the soil will take whatever number of seeds he wants to plant. At harvest time, he will be disappointed to see his harvest is just as skimpy as the seeds he planted. His harvest couldn't be more than what he actually planted. The soil wouldn't work against the logic of Give and Take. In life, this logic also works the same way with people. When we give generously, we will receive more. Remember that God is working his miracle behind the scenes. We thank God for His Divine Power in the case generosity between people.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In 1975, my Hubby joined the angelic chorus. As a result, I lived frugally: no going to restaurants, or movies,
no fancy purchases, etc. But I faced other expenses not of my own making. My daughters were in school. My sisters were in their aging years, a relation went into bankruptcy, and they borrowed $1,500 from me, another relation had to be bailed out of 3 banks, the housemates who boarded with my older daughter in NYC went home and my daughter had to cover the house rent for them in their absence. I had to send financial help to my aging sisters. Plus I had big expenses like home insurance, car insurance, home maintenance, property taxes, garden services, federal taxes, grocery, etc. I covered all that with my own finances. If I only tried to refuse any help, I just wouldn't feel right, I would feel very uncomfortable and I would be disturbed emotionally, spiritually and physically. But I gave my help joyfully. The result? The Lord blessed me with good health, never got sick, and my finances were also in "healthy" shape. I could pay all my bills, no arrears whatsoever, thank God. And my visa account pays me periodically with reward points like $350.00. With all that, I'm very thankful to God that He blesses me to be generous to others. That means that I'm not an island unto myself. We are here on earth to help others, that's God's Law. Also, when Manila suffered flood on September 28, 2009, I saw my grandniece in an e-mailed picture that showed her with the water up to her waistline. I was able to send financial help as well. At a time like that, nobody can afford to be selfish. Selfishness doesn't pay. Generosity is more according to God's law.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Last but not least, I have to be grateful and thankful that my Hubby had a good paying job with the Federal Government that supported us beautifully, our house he designed and had it constructed by the home builders is paid for on his insurance. As a result, I have to give back something in return as my thanks to the Lord's Abundance and Generosity. With God, everything is possible!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There is one phase of life wherein God is the principal Power. People seem to forget. Especially would-be parents. They beget their offspring and they think they are the principal actors. And no one else. Think again, parents. God is always the one behind the miracle of procreation. When the child is born, parents have to love their child, take care of the baby's needs, until it grows older, and then there is education for their child. God is constantly on the watch what the parents do with what God gave them as His Gift. Being a parent is more than a career of sorts. God has assigned to them to be a good model to the child He gifted to them. Being a parent is no joke.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I have this quote: "In life there are Givers and Takers. Givers give cheerfully of what they have__ even if it is only friendship, encouragement, and service---and always reap a reward and become Richer as Persons.

Takers, who are always on the take to see what they can get for themselves, will always be Paupers as Persons.

God loves the person who gives happily and God can give you more blessings than you need. Then you will always have plenty of everything. He will a make great harvest from your goodness (giving). God will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through your heart will also make people give thanks to God."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Picture a fist that is open. It's the kind that can receive rewards from the generosity of God. Because it gives. Picture a fist that is tightly closed. It doesn't give and can't receive God's generosity.

I have met people of the latter category. Their vocabulary doesn't have the word Give, but they have the word Take. They are the Takers in this world. I just wonder if they have any joy in their life. Even during the Christmas season of giving, they never reciprocate. They go about life with their fists tightly closed. Too bad because our Generous God can't give them any reward.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Picture a dog. It is an animal that can't give or reciprocate. But, it is gracious and grateful when you give it some morsel of food. It jumps around you, it wags its tail, it gives a doggy kiss on your hand, it yelps with happiness when it receives food from you. It reciprocates you with its doggy language of thanking your generosity. The dog shows more gratitude than some people who lack appreciation for your acts of goodness to them. The dog is more educated even without having gone to school, compared to people. I'm glad the Lord created the dog to compensate for some people's lack of gratitude.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Talking about dogs, my daughter, Beatriz, and her hubby, Vince, acquired a puppy that answers Spanish commands. They named it Tico. I happen to have a sheet music with title "Tico-Tico."Just perfect to go with their Puppy Tico's name. I was playing the piece this afternoon, and I came across 2 chords that were appealing to me, that I had the impulse to keep them held. But, in playing music, one has to continue on playing to make sense of the music.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Then I realized that even in music, there are chords that are appealing to the ears. Just like people again. There are people who appeal to you, and others that are not in that category. There are so many things in life that are interrelated in how we react to them. What a wonderful discovery for me!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I realize the dog really "reciprocates" in its own way: It guards you and your house against intruders; It protects you from people who don't mean well towards you; It plays with you; It is protective of your property, it drives other animals away. The dog is really man's best friend. All it needs is your master's love.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Just food for thought: I was told of a fellow Pinoy, years back, who came to the US. Lucky for him, he landed a job. His family back home sent him letter after letter asking him for financial help. Did he send any help? Not a nickel. (I hear groans from my dear readers). He turned his back on them. He was heartless, lacked compassion for his folks. (Good thing I can't recall his name because it could be published in these pages to set an example of being Kuriput). This vernacular word has stronger connotation that is to the point. God must have been crying for him for his being so tightfisted. God in His Divine Power could easily reverse the situation for him. God could easily make him lose his job to give him a lesson. What then? He lacked generosity when he could have easily sent some dollars to his folks. And God could have easily rewarded him as a result, maybe a hefty raise in salary. Think about that. Because our God has all the power to do whatever he wills to do.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Years back I was shopping for fruit vine plants. I saw a grape plant sitting in a pot that attracted my eyes because it had beautiful form in its shape of growth. I was imagining it would look great in my garden, so I bought it without much ado. By the time it produced fruit, it was sour and the grapes in the cluster were tiny compared to other regular grapes. Being sour, I figured it had lots of anti-oxidants. I let it stay in the ground for a couple of years. I thought about replacing it with sweeter, larger sized grapes. We now have the replacement of the sweeter, green variety. So much for judging by sight.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Here's an important message about helping others when the need arises. Years back, our next door neighbor who are Pinoys, almost faced an unwanted accident. They were careless. They turned on their oven without checking what was inside. In short order, smoke was shooting through their windows. With his automatic response, my Hubby grabbed our fire extinguisher and ran to help our neighbors out of their dangerous predicament. It looked like they didn't even have a fire extinguisher. With the lightning speed help of my Hubby, the smoke that would have turned into conflagration was extinguished, thank God.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual If you were in our place and saw your neighbors in grave danger, would you just have sat on your hands and did absolutely nothing? And you acted like an island unto yourselves? What kind of neighbors would that make of you? If the situation were reversed, and you were the ones in danger, and nobody came to your help, what would you have thought of your non-caring neighbors? This is something to think about. In our world, God is watching what anybody would do in a case like this. To those who care about others, God is ever ready with His Divine Generosity. To those who never care about others, no generosity from God is forthcoming.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The neighbors in the incident are our nice neighbors, not the niggardly kind who are famous for being just Takers, never Givers. As you can see, it takes all kinds you have the weeds and you have the edible crops. God gives us choices.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I am told by reliable sources that a 97-year old gentleman in Seattle donated $80,000.00 to the Seattle Public Library. The amount is now an endowment, meaning the funds are earning which expands the benefits to the Library.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual For obvious reasons, the donor remains anonymous. He is hale and hearty, with all his faculties intact, and is a regular visitor to the library. Talk about Generosity! The Lord, sure, is showering him His Divine Rewards. His donation/endowment is benefiting a lot of people who use and need the library. We thank God for the generous gentleman. May God keep him in His Divine Hands as he approaches the century mark!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One night sometime ago, I was coming home in the evening from my weekly shopping. I noticed a lot of cars being parked on our street. As I was turning into our driveway, there was one vehicle illegally parked at the entry that was giving me difficulty to get into the driveway. Luckily, there were some people coming out of the house where the party was. I hollered to them to ask whose car was that at the entry of our driveway. They called out the owner. He came towards his car, and was going to drive away. I stopped him as I wanted to talk to him. He came closer and was offering his backside for me to hit him. I said I'm not violent, but that I could have called the police who could have hauled his car away. I told him never to park again the way he did because he may not be as lucky if other people could hit his car with a hammer or worse. I just hoped he learned big from my sermon to him.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual How can anybody tell whether a person is 'one of the Joneses' or not? Not by status symbols, not by flashy jewelry, not by 'big hat, no cattle,' not by 'I got a bigger house than yours. Not by 'People buy things they don't need, with money they don't have, to impress people they don't like'. not by doing the 'rat race,' not being a big show off.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We have heard of the great gentleman who made a sizable donation (fund/endowment) to the Seattle Public Library. In his humility, he would rather stay anonymous. He shuns publicity. Humility, and generosity, that's what is being wealthy!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Last week, as I was cutting off the spent flowers at the sundeck, a little birdie was tweeting around the flowers. It seemed that it was "casing the joint" where to lay her egg. The gardener, Can, found yesterday a bird's nest sitting in one of the planters, with one egg inside it. We try to visit what is happening inside that nest. But the mother bird seems to have abandoned it. Our opening and closing the awning must not be an ideal peaceful place to sit on the egg to hatch it. Nature also has ts requirements for a good life like people have.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When our spirit is attuned to the spiritual, things can happen beyond our comprehension. My daughter, Beatriz, and I were on our way out of the clinic where I had my check up last Friday. A Filipino nurse was standing in the hallway and we said hello to each other. But my mind was completely blank on what her name was, not having seen her a number years. But, you may not believe it, I attributed it to my guardian angel's whispering to my mind the nurse's name. She was looking at me intently as if wondering if I would remember her name. Suddenly, I blurted out Emma, and I hit it right to my amazement. She felt flattered that I could recall her name. I told her that Anita, my guardian angel (we are supposed to give names to our guardian angels as a matter of respect) whispered it to my mind. We were both amazed on how I could recall her name with the help of my guardian angel. Just for information's sake, I do get a lot of help from my guardian angel. This is no bluff at all, I assure you, dear reader.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There is a house in our neighborhood that was declared on foreclosure. The renters, I presume, were made to leave. Well, what do you know, just before they left, they broke a window, left a window wide open, easy for the rain to get in, left their garbage out of the cans, just right for the birds, raccoons, rodents to feast on them. After they enjoyed sleeping in a warm bed in that house, that's their way of saying their "thanks." What they may not know is that God is watching their evil behavior, and they will get their comeuppance as they deserve from God. We are surely sorry for them.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We have all noticed what styles of women's shoes are being advertised/sold these days. They are 4-5 inches and higher. They tempt the buyer by using styles that are out of this world. I once saw a woman wearing those certain style of shoes. She was walking close to impossible and looked like she could be a victim of "falling emergency" inside the store in no time. I wish those bad /ugly styles of shoes should be banned from the market, like they ban smoking in public. They are nowhere good for the feet. They cost so much money to buy them, and they will cost the wearer money for podiatric emergency treatment after a fall.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One day I went shopping at Fred Meyer. As I got off my car, I saw a mother and her daughter empty their purchases from their cart to their car. I approached them and said to the mother: "I can take that," (meaning the cart they emptied). The mother looked at me unresponsive, with no smile, looked unfriendly as well. I said mentally: "Lord, whatever did I say to deserve her attitude?" I didn't want to think that she was deaf, but even then, a smile from her would be enough friendly response. Let's just chalk that up as Negative Person #1.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Next, as I walked with the cart, I saw a mother watching her young son return their cart to the corral. I said to the mother: "I see you have a great helper." She answered smiling happily: "I do!" Her helpful son thought I was returning my cart too, and said to me: "I can return that." I said: "Thanks but I'm still going to shop." We'll chalk that up as 2 Positive Persons #2 & #3.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I walked into the store with my cart, and all of a sudden a 20-some girl was running towards me from the back and blurted out to me: "I like what you're wearing." To answer her I could only say "Hi," because she was running fast. But she saw me only from my back side. She didn't see me with a whole view of me. Let's chalk that up as Positive Person #4.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual You know what, I was thinking, the 3 Positive Persons were there planted by Divine Orchestration to assuage me from the negative attitude of Negative Person #1. I thank you, Lord, for your Divine Orchestration!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It is inevitable that the entertainment of positive, constructive and unselfish thoughts should have a far-reaching effect for good. Compensation is that keynote of the Universe. Nature is constantly seeking to strike an equilibrium. Where something is sent out something must be received, else there should be a vacuum formed. Charles F Haanel
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "If we are happy ourselves we can make others happy."
"The more we give the more we get."
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "God is never really absent." Archbishop Bloom
The very existence of the the Universe around us proclaims not only the Presence but also the Love of God.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual These are quotations i posted under my father's profile with translations. "El mono, aunque se viste de seda, mono se queda." "El hombre que se cree tan gran cosa que no hay cosa tan grande como el."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Look for the above in Uriarte web site, where my father's profile is filed. Thanks.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The Maid Brigade cleaned yesterday. I cleared away stuff
beforehand that should not be in their way, like my wallet. After they left, what do you know, I plumb forgot where I put it. I have been racking my brains where exactly I put it. Before I went to sleep, I prayed to St. Anthony, the patron saint of people who misplace or lose things, to direct me where to find it. This morning, I relaxed my "racked" brains and I started looking into drawers for any possibility of finding it. Then, as a last resort, I opened a plastic rolling drawer where I have stashed important papers. Lo, and behold, there was my missing wallet! I thank you, dear St. Anthony for your Divine Direction!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Some years back, I made an office call at the family clinic in which we were all patients in their roster. There was a newly added physician whose name was typically Spanish, and who spoke with thick Spanish accent. For those reasons, I started talking to him in Spanish. What a surprise, he denied that he knew how to speak Spanish. I was dumbfounded that he tried to hide his real culture and nationality. I knew outright that he gave me a big, big lie. I lost esteem for that physician. During my subsequent visits, he wasn't there anymore. He probably wanted to avoid me at all costs by making a disappearing act.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Another time St. Anthony's miracle worked for me was when I needed to return a tape that didn't come up to my expectations. I informed the company about my wanting to return the tape. Of course, I was required to provide the receipt for the tape when returning it to the company. Try as I might, the receipt couldn't be found. I prayed hard to St. Anthony, then I was about to give up. I forgot all about the receipt, and I wasn't looking for it anymore. But with luck and St. Anthony's miraculous help, I suddenly found the receipt, mixed with a bunch of papers. Of course, I jumped with joy at finally finding the receipt, when I wasn't attempting to look for it anymore. I am well aware, more and more, that praying to St. Anthony, when one needs his help, results in his saintly miracle, without a doubt. I advocate praying to him when you're being helpless at finding what you lost, or misplaced.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I do thank you, St. Anthony, for your timely miracles when I needed them most.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual My experience with getting help from St. Anthony is no wishful thinking, I can assure you, dear reader. It takes FAITH. You may ask and wonder, what is FAITH? It's like when you need to wash your hands, or rinse vegetables, or take a shower, you know that turning on the valve is going to bring on the water. Or, when you cook, all you do is turn on the knobs of the stove to produce the gas flame, or the electric power after you place the pot on the burner. Those simple actions are good representations of what FAITH is about. Not impossible to understand and think about, is it? That's how important FAITH is in our everyday lives. I hope I've added more FAITH into your life and mind, dear reader. Start believing from now on.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I was shopping through the aisles one day at Fred Meyer. A gentleman shopper was also shopping, who was perfectly tall for the height of the shelves. I commented to him how easy it was for him to look into the shelves without his need to stretch his arms to reach for the merchandise. Then our conversation turned to "miracles." He said that he would have to look hard for a miracle or miracles to happen. I said to him, "If you go home in one piece tonight, isn't that miracle enough?" Then that opened his eyes and amended by saying, "OK, I'll look for miracles from now on." That took one little utterance from me to change his outlook.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In case a reader is not knowledgeable about what "miracles" are, the word can be replaced with "blessings." Then one can start counting his/her blessings and will be surprised to realize how many "blessings" and "miracles" s/he can count. As a result, that realization can result in deep "gratitude" to God.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I used to hear my father say: "Bien lo merece." That's what s/he deserves. The sentence can either be positive or negative in its connotation, depending on the meaning implied.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The Master (God) said: "Whatever things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE that ye receive them and ye shall have them."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "Faith is an invisible and invincible magnet and attracts to itself whatever it fervently desires and calmly and persistently expects."
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The weather forecast for yesterday, 09/21/2013 was 70% rain. That would be a good pouring relentless rain. But the Heavens outdid themselves. The forecast was nullified and we had glorious sunshine instead throughout the whole day and night. The reason everybody was happy with the change in the weather was that it was the Wedding Day of Nancy Nguyen and Matthew Piper (oldest son of Laura May (born Pacis) and Mark Piper. And the ceremonies were held outside. Perfect for a red-lettered day.

We wish the new couple a long married life with Lots of Love and the Blessings from God!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Have any of you joined an organization lately? There is a reason why I ask this. I have experienced something I never heard of before. It's The Feel Good Society. I think it's God orchestrating the Society. This is no joke. I believe it from the bottom of my heart. It's not a cockamamie story. Stick with me because I have the stories to tell you.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We went to the Arboretum last year, on Mothers' Day, for picture taking by the Yuen Lui Studios. As we waited for the photographers, there were people watchers sitting on the benches. One of the ladies said to me, "You look nice." I responded, "Thank you."

While shopping at Fred Meyer one Saturday, a 20-some girl was running from my back side and just blurted out, "I like what you're wearing." Because she was running fast, I could only say, "Hi."

While my daughter, Beatriz, and I were arriving at the clinic one Friday, a lady who saw us just commented out of the blue, "That's pretty on you." I answered, "It's a cape."

Clena Rodriguez, (born Gazmen), wife of James Rodriguez, daughter of my cousin Eastern Pearl Pacis, sent a post to me lately, on My Heritage, saying, "Tia, you look great," as her comment on my photo posted on the web site. I said to her, her description of me is real generous, and thanks, Clena.

We attended the wedding of Nancy and Matthew Piper on 09/21/2013. As I was walking around, a lady guest I didn't know said to me, "You look nice." I said to her, "Thank you."
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Those commentators above and their comments surely put me off balance. I didn't do anything special when I got dressed. I know they were not eliciting any favor from me as they made their comments. But I got to one conclusion: They are members of The Feel Good Society of God who does the orchestration of making them say their sincere comments to me, or to another person. They may not be aware of it, but God has anointed them to say what they verbalized to me, as though it were their very own. But God is behind it all. I thank you dear Lord, for your Angels in human form!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This is an amazing story. Yesterday, Friday, a friend, Estela Burrell, called me up from her work. She asked me to pray to St. Anthony for her to be able to find her eyeglasses. She has a copy with her at her work but she needs the other for her to use when she's at home. She said that she had really ransacked her apartment, top to bottom, but to no avail. OK I said "I'm going to ring up St. Anthony today to do us the favor of directing you where to find your misplaced eyeglasses." I started to implore the power of the great Saint to do Estela the help she needed. Just today, Saturday, Estela was very thankful and happy telling me that she found her misplaced pair of glasses on top of a round table that she had already checked last Thursday. There is no questioning the Power of St. Anthony, the Patron Saint of people who misplace their belongings. Let's add Faith to the equation as well. Saint Anthony, we believe and we thank you for the favor you just granted us!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I was still young before preschool age, there were 2 trees in our garden that to me, seemed to have been created by God just for me. Why? Because they produced fruit that were sticking out of their trunks, just right for my tiny short stature to pick them with no effort of stretching, or standing on some stool for me to reach the fruit. Let's just say the trees were under my mercy when I started picking their fruit.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual One was a cacao tree whose fruit had nuts inside the shell, which my mother cooked in the pan and later made them into chocolate that were shaped into big sized pills. The chocolate pills were simmered in water, with some sugar, and they turned out to be delicious hot frothy chocolate beverage, fit for a king, just for us at breakfast. You could say we had "kingly" breakfasts with that delicious chocolate in our cups.
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Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The other tree was pias. I don't know the botanical name. Again, I could reach for the fruit from the tree trunk exactly easily for my short height. While still raw, the pias fruit was sour. But we punctured the flesh with fork, and soaked it in lime. After the lime treatment, we would squeeze the juice out,washed the fruit and we candied them. They were delicious for desert. When guests visited us we would serve them the pias desert and shared again some for them to take home. That was the abundance we had in our garden and shared with our friends.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Quotation: "He who would claim to have ALL THE TRUTH, and the only truth, is a bigot, a fool, or a knave." "And where truth is denied entrance, the rich blessing it carries with it cannot take up abode. And the man who would rob another of his free and unfettered search for truth, who would stand as the interpreter of truth for another, with the intent of remaining in this position, rather than endeavoring to lead him to the place where he can be his own interpreter, is more shunned than a thief and a robber. The injury he works is far greater, for he is doing direct and positive injury to the very life of the one he thus holds."

This quotation just came to me, perfect for the moment. Thank you, Lord!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Everybody who had gone to a restaurant would have noticed something that doesn't make sense. They give you a big plate of food and add a little itty bitty sliver of lemon or lime, which may look dry. It's not even enough to quench one's palate or not enough to flavor the food it came with it. Next time, I'll have to ask for more slices or they don't give any slice at all. Better yet, I'll bring with me my own whole lemon, which may put the restaurant to shame.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Some circumstances or just say unforeseen events show up. That summer after our wedding, my Hubby made a working trip to Alaska to direct the installation of the ship-to-shore communication lines of the Navy there. In July, there was a celebration by the Filipino community, and with it, the usual ball room dance. I don't know how word got around that my Hubby was in Alaska. This one guy, Joe, showed up to invite me as his dancing partner, his wife being out of town. On first sight, that sounded thoughtful, generous and friendly. And I didn't make anything our of it. But my sense of self-respect "clutched" my thoughts right away. I said, just to give him the benefit of the doubt: "That's a generous and thoughtful idea, thank you. I'm thinking of going dancing when my Hubby arrives from Alaska. We have already planned on it." My answer was enough to shut the door to Joe's invitation. That was smart and fast thinking on my part. If ever I accepted Joe's invitation, wagging tongues would have headlined some juicy bits of gossip that not a million dollars would have been enough to silence them.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This one house in our neighborhood that was in foreclosure is being cleaned, the carpeting is being ripped off for a new floor covering. The bank sent the workers to do the necessary repairs, improvements and changes. It looks like a sign that the real estate market is waking up from its comatose state all these years. We are thankful to the Lord for all the prosperous indication that the real estate market is finally waking up and coming back to health.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Years ago, I joined an organization, the International Toastmistress Club (ITC). Members get training and experience in public speaking. We could give talks on any subject of interest. It was an interesting experience. We would have dinner after our talks.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual During the holidays, we would have exchange gifts, a gift is given a number, and the giver's name is not identified.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I got "The Treasured Writings" of Kahlil Gibran, a prolific Lebanese author, to give as my exchange gift. When we got our numbered gifts, somebody's nondescript gift landed on me. When I opened it, i felt like it was a gift from a sadistic giver. I couldn't make out what it was. The more I looked at it, the more I felt it was better throwing it in with the garbage. There was no use forcing the issue. When I got home, the item found its home, the garbage. Some people's taste for gift exchange is incomprehensible, no one can put a proper description to it.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It's all one reads nowadays: journalists downgrading the USA. Because, with God, everything is possible, I pray for the opposite for His Divine Generosity. I'm being contrarian. As a result, I hear good news that's unbelievable. They have discovered more oil and gas deposits in the USA, good for a supply of a century, even better than combined deposits in Russia and Saudi Arabia. And I say: "Hallelujah, Lord, we thank you for your Divine Generosity!!! If we all join together with our prayers and supplications to God, and we think His Divine Generosity, we are bound to receive more and more prosperity from God who is a Generous God. He promises for us to live Abundantly.

Golda Meir, previous Prime Minister of Israel,, used to moan that Israel had no oil or gas deposits. But, now, miracle of all miracles, they have discovered oil and gas fields in Israel. If we question ourselves how did that fact come about? The answer is, without a doubt, God, our Creator, has made that happen. And, of course, the Israelites are overjoyed over their newly found wealth. As you realize, God listens to our prayers and supplications!! Let's keep praying for Prosperity.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Matthew 7:7 says: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." The prosperity that is being experienced here in the USA and in Israel is the result of Matthew 7:7. According to the news, Israel holds tight oil deposits to the tune of 250 billion barrels. Gas is more imminent. We all must glorify God for the Prosperity He is granting us!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual If I were to UNDERMINE my original family and my second families, I would have just left their profiles UNDONE, no items filled in, no tidbits of family stories that were famously remembered, recalled, and recorded in my memory bank, because I preferred to just sit on my hands, and do nothing. But today, I'm real proud and happy to tell to the world of my accomplishment. The pages are just not plastered with names and pictures that don't say anything to the viewer. The guest viewer is happy to make sense of what's on the page. And what's also interesting, which greatly surprised me, is that I have 2 TIMEBOOKS, one is our Wedding Picture in the Pacis Roots website in black and white photo, and the other one is our Wedding Picture in colored plate in the Uriarte website. In other words, I have GLORIFIED GOD with what I was able to accomplish with the Family Tree!!! Thank you, Lord!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We're so thankful to God for people who do service for us which would be impossible for us to do ourselves. Today, Tim and Jim of the Terminix Company came to replenish for us the attic insulation to make the thickness up to 15 inches, which is the required regulation. In other words, we can now great Papa Winter with warmth and comfort and peace of mind, our thanks to the Lord.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Soon after that incident in Japan on March 11, 2011, we had to get the house retrofitted for our peace of mind. It took 2 weeks and a half of loud, piercing noise for our ears to suffer from. It was all worth it for our peace of mind. As always, there are people who do jobs that not everybody can do. And we thank God for their talent, their skill, their strength, their patience and their willingness to perform the task.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Talk about incidents, I was going to play the piano. The living room seemed cold and I turned on the fireplace. But it didn't turn on. I noticed a little green and red light changing back and forth at lower frame of the fireplace door. I called up the gas company that installed it. Jessica, their telephone answering service said that the heating guys are not available, but will be available on Tuesday. I felt worried and I called 911. Three tall guys and a female came immediately. They checked what was wrong with the fireplace. They noticed the corroded batteries. I brought out 2 new AA batteries to replace those corroded ones. After replacing them, the fireplace finally turned on with the switch. Those black uniformed guys and a doll were my angels in human disguise today and I thank the Lord for their speedy help for me today!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual While waiting for the IRS to take my call, I like to upgrade my story above with some facts. I called their office at the Fire Dept. to express to them my thanks and gratitude for their responding to my holler for help last Saturday afternoon. Their receptionist told me they were out of the office. But I was given their names as follows: Capt. Amy Bannister, Chuck Smith, John Leffingwell and Michael Endicott. They were three tall guys, standing almost as high as the ceiling, and their captain, their lady officer. As you may notice, females are now taking center stage in the jobs that were normally for males. I told the receptionist to please tell the guys and doll that we Love Them and our million thanks to them all!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The harbinger of Fall is upon us, that is, fog is forming its beautiful cover over the landscape, and the temperature is cold and crisp. It invites everybody to enjoy a sip of hot foamy chocolate drink in the cup. To copy the fog, add one or two marshmallows for a little added sweetness and different texture for the palate. Surely, the thought makes me double hungry.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In addition, summer is dwindling down. In spite of that, our lawn is still looking emerald green, thanks to our sprinkler system. The other lawns have been brown all throughout summer. I'm sure the flowering shrubbery in our landscape, like the clematis vines, the rhododendrons, the azaleas, the peonies, the geraniums, the tulips, the pansies, the irises, the roses, the vincas, etc., appreciate the cool background of green, which is also a restful treat to the eyes during hot days. Whereas God has gifted us the Universe in which to play in, we're glorifying God in our own spot of this Blessed Earth the best way we know how, that even the passersby feel and enjoy the positive energy they get from the sight of our landscape. We thank God for our gardener, Can, and his associates, for their care and patience in tending to our garden.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Knowing how miraculous St. Anthony works for our cause of misplacing important items, I have the Saint's precious picture inserted in my wallet. Sure enough, I needed to find the receipt to a medical item I have to claim in my 2010 income tax 1040 X return which I forgot to include when I e-filed that particular document. Of course, I was ever ready with saying my mantra of asking help from the beloved Saint. I just went straight to my black bag, and there it was, the very receipt I was wanting to find, because I couldn't recall where in the world I unintentionally stashed it away. Saint Anthony, thank you again for your miracle of kindness for me!!!
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Why am I, or do I feel positive every time? My answer is prayer and music. Prayers to the Lord give me the spiritual strength against evil. Music gives me physical health because it multiplies the happy hormones, no room for poisonous toxins. Try these two secrets, sometime, and you can prove that I'm right without question. If you don't play a musical instrument, you can always sing. They are always singing in heaven. That means that the Lord loves music. If you can't sing or play a musical instrument, you can always resort to canned music on the radio or a cd.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Sometime this summer, our neighbor across the street, Mrs. Baldwin, announced to us that they would be moving to Arizona, where they have a son. But after thinking it over, she lately told us that they have decided to stay and not move after all. I told her that that was a happy news for us, that it was like wearing an old shoe, nice and comfortable. She laughed. It's hard to find good neighbors like them. They are like family, they feel concerned for us when there are times they think we may have a problem like when the black uniformed officers came to check what was wrong with our fireplace. She came to our door right away to check on us. People in some other neighborhood don't even know who their neighbors are, even having lived there through the years.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Close to what I call eons ago, I needed to take my new driver's license. With my Hubby, I drove our Belevedere to Renton for the test. At first, it was a misty day. I was made to drive around some sticks that could hardly be seen in the mist, knocking just about every one of them. Then the testing officer made me go drive into traffic. The day became clearer that made it comfortable for me going up a straight arterial. As I was on my speed, some driver coming down the opposite side of the road just made a left turn in front of me, WITHOUT yielding to me. I was quick on my reaction and I suddenly stopped my car. Thank God for protecting us, we were all safe from what would have been a major traffic incident. The other driver just went on his/her merry way and I was left cussing as the testing officer heard me: "Does s/he want to be k----d?" The officer said: "You're right but you could be dead right." I heard the wisdom in his words.

Even if I were paid a million $'s, I would never want to be an examiner for new drivers. It could cost life and limb, and one would hope the officer is not prone to heart arrhythmia.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Anyway, for my cautiousness, the officer gave me a passing grade of 75 for my driving, and I got 100% for the written test. I had to congratulate myself, while other people have to repeat taking the tests to get a passing grade and a driver's license.
one year ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I was playing the piano. the phone rang. I answered: "Hello, hello, hello." The caller asked: "Is Damina there?" Wjp is Damina? I asked. The caller realized she got the wrong number. The name the caller wanted sounded like the one with the 2 horns and a tail. You start wondering what kind of names parents are giving to their children. The child will be carrying that name throughout life. When the child will be old enough and arrives at some kind of wisdom, s'he will need to change names to something with more positive connotation to attract the good and the positives in life.
363 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Another instance, I called a catalog. The employee who answered pronounced her name so fast I had to ask her: "Please slow down your horses, and please spell your name to me slowly." She started Canterbury. I asked her how did she learn how to write her name when she was in first grade. She said she did 3 letters at a time. Of course, I said: "The way to eat an elephant is nibble by nibble at a time."
363 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Why is this world full of grabby, greedy individuals, especially those who are taking advantage of their aging parents, and denying the rights of their siblings to their rightful share of the inheritance? Those who take advantage of the other heirs should watch out because God is on the watchful side of those who are entitled to a share of the inheritance. I have seen examples of cases wherein God's Judgement and Divine Power penalized the party guilty of being DISHONEST against the other people who have an equal right to the inheritance. God is a Fair Judge and gives Rewards to those who are entitled to a share in the family inheritance. DISHONESTY doesn't make anybody rich. On the contrary, POVERTY is the fruit of DISHONESTY. It's God's Law!
361 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I can see how the word FAMILY can be distorted in a hundred ways by a person's greed, even there is relationship of blood. The greedy person's eyes are so concentrated in acquiring every single item that may belong to the aging ancestor, house, furniture, money, and whatever else. There could be siblings but the person's greed is written or imprinted in the person's mind, spirit and soul that sharing or division of property is far away from that person's vocabulary. What's interesting is that God is WATCHING the greedy person's nasty, devilish plan to deny everybody else in the share of the inheritance. And God is not going to let it just pass. God is too sharp to see the wickedness of greedy people. While the greedy person thinks the fun belongs to that person, God has the FINAL WORD, sorry to say GREEDY PERSON!
360 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Have you noticed how they are downgrading the US in all manners of speaking, which I wouldn't want to repeat? But I pray the opposite for God to Bless our United States with Abundant Prosperity. In other words, I'm being contrarian. And what do you know? God is listening. They're discovering more and more OIL and GAS Deposits in different states of the US, saying that the discoveries are good for a century supply, better than the supplies of combined Russia and Saudi Arabia. As you can imagine, God is really listening and answering our prayers with His Divine Generosity. Those who are downgrading the US will eat their words for shame.
359 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual During the sports season many wives are lamenting the fact that they feel like football widows or whatever. To me, that's a strange way of describing one's life when the husband enjoys watching sports. He is his own person at the time he watches what interests him. Why deny him his enjoyment? My Hubby was a sports nut himself. I let him be his own person. I'm not fully into sports but I am at liberty to be my own person by my playing the piano, which is my passion. We both have our own particular interests, and that's what made life interesting for both of us.
358 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual My daughter, Cielito, was asking for my library card number, so she can borrow as many books as she wants. I was saying: "195,175." In a little while, I got the number corrected, possibly by my guardian angel, Anita, which is supposed to be: "179,175." I gave the correct number to my daughter. She said I have a bright brain. I said, I have a well-programmed brain with the help of my guardian angel, Anita. Thank you, Anita.
357 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Those wives who are complaining and lamenting about being football widows just because their husbands are watching the sports, that's what is called indulging in self-pity. If watching sports is not their cup of tea, I suggest they read a good spiritual book, or keep up with their magazine subscriptions on the subject of Interior Decor, or Landscaping, or Recipe Concoctions, or learn another language. In a year's time, they'll be surprised how much personal improvement they have acquired. They'll even feel an unexpected change in their personality.
356 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Another field of interest they should try to dig their attention into is read a number financial subscriptions. With spreading their interest into those different subjects, they'll forget their lamentations against their husband and his interest in the sports. Guaranteed!!!
356 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual St. Anthony did his miraculous scenario again. I was in a dither looking for a blouse gift for my daughter, Beatriz, last night. I never saw it anywhere. But this morning, it mysteriously appeared on the bed, in spite of my ransacking practically the whole house. I couldn't figure it out how it could just appear from nowhere. But I'm sure it was St. Anthony's miracle. Don't ever question the efficacy of the Saint.
354 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It's not very often that I accidentally come across a familiar name on the phone. The person is the namesake of Sergey Rachmaninoff, one of my favorite composers. Sergei (this is the way he spells his name) said he is not too good in Russian. I told him I can say "espasivo" and "daspidania." It's nice to feel global towards others once in a blue while.
352 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Quotations: "Life's Greatest Purpose is to Express Joy, Beauty, and Power." "As a man thinks, so it becomes." "No one can think for another." "God will provide the food, but will not cook the dinner." (Great quotes to think of!)
352 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual If anybody wants to express Joy, Beauty and Power, Play the Piano. Also plant a garden with beautiful flowers. The message is all rolled into one.
352 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Technology is either a good servant or a good master. It either makes a person feel smart or feel stupid. Opening an account online makes one feel like a dog chasing its tail, trying to make both ends meet, going around in circles and one ends up getting help from some phenomenally patient techie of the company. It's nice to be helped by some angel in human form when one is about to go berserk, feeling strangled by the online technological requirements. Then it's finally freedom and success, and one feels like having won a billion $s!!!
351 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The geraniums and hanging baskets of related genre will be moved out of the upper veranda, and winter pansies of red, white and purple will take their place. Yellow flowering pansies will be located in the lower veranda. That means that we'll still have flowers glorifying God and the sundeck environment, defying the winter winds and snows if they come. The pansies are sturdy plants, they would enjoy the covering of snow, seeming to say: "Get thee behind me, Satan. They really last with their beauty till the awaited spring arrives with God's Blessing in 2014. They're a zillion times better than having decorating toys during the holidays.
351 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Saint Anthony did it again. I was in a dither looking for the invoice of a subscription I paid for pc support. The printed copy could not be found. I went to fertilize the geraniums in the greenhouse window of the kitchen, applying liquid fertilizer. While I was doing the chore, it came to my mind to search the computer for the invoice. As soon as I finished watering the plants, I started to look for the invoice looking into the Program, and the other pages. I almost gave up. The last Icon I clicked was PC Support. And there it was. Saint Anthony, you made my day, and I thank you again for your miracle!
347 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We have gas heat for our stove. It cooks things fast as compared to electricity. At times when there is power outage, we can still cook. When electricity is the heat source, cooking has to wait till the power comes back after the line men fix the cause of the power outage.

Once I put fingerling potatoes in the pot, turned the heat on to the lowest temperature. I went to the computer. Then I remembered to check on the cooking potatoes. NO, the pot turned scorched black. I had to fill it up with water to loosen the scorched food in the pot.
341 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I had to make a paste of baking soda and vinegar, applied the paste to all the blackened bottom and sides of the pot, and let it soak in there for two days to make sure all the scorched material was loosened off from the inside of the pot. It worked, thank God. I scraped off the burnt food patiently and rubbed it with steel wool. The pot now looks as good as new!
341 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Quote: The creative force behind all things: art, drama, music, architecture, writing, etc. is passion. Nothing great is ever accomplished or sustained without it. Passion energizes life and gives you reason to say: "I'm going to do something with my life today."

Jesus was asked, "Lord, what's the most important truth in the Bible?" He said: "I want you to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength."
339 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We are especially thankful to God this Thanksgiving Holiday for a lot of His Divine Generosity. We stay thankful to God every day. The word "thanks" connotes gratefulness.
337 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Quote: The ungrateful person is often bitter, empty- hearted , lonely, arrogant, angry and wallowing in a living h---l. The grateful person is a powerful stimulant in the lives of others, and sure to reap true peace and lasting happiness.

Make your choice: Be Grateful or, be Ungrateful. Being Grateful is you're attuned to God. Being Ungrateful is you're attuned to the one with the 2 horns and the tail, whether you like it or not.
337 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The Law of the Harvest applies to your finances. Whoever sows generously will also reap generously. The farmer who sows doesn't lose seed. He gains a crop.
---Andy Stanley
336 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I was talking to Curtis, the technician from Terminix, that do the service of checking our property for pests. They visit once a month. Before Curtis left after his service, I said to him, "You know Curtis, God is your Big Boss." His answer was intelligent. He said: "The only One." Well said, Curtis.
327 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When I said to John, a UPS driver who delivers my packages, that his Big Boss is God, he concurred that his Grandmother used to take him and his siblings to church on Sundays and Wednesdays when they were young. Which is proof that they are God lovers and believers. He transferred my statement to his boss at his home office at UPS. His boss being egoistic got mad at John. The boss couldn't stand having somebody above him. Anyway, when I checked with John about his boss in the fall, he said that the boss got fired. When John told him about the Big Boss, God, he could have said, "He's my boss too.
327 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Some intellectually curious people were experimenting online what would happen if boiling water is splashed into the atmosphere in the freezing weather where they were. The experimenter poured her boiling water into the air. Voila, the boiling water changed into a thick sort of cloud above ground. Some people have that spontaneous ingenious curiosity which gave the viewers an interesting subject of news of the day.
324 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual According to famous author, Alexander Green: "Contrary to what some believe, money isn't about having 'more stuff.' Money is independence. It liberates you from want, from work that is drudgery, from relationships that confine you. you cant's reach your potential or live life to the fullest if you spend your days swimming in concerns about money. No one is truly free who is a slave to his job, his creditors, his circumstances, or his overhead."
323 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Duane, the lead mail carrier, delivered our mail the other
day. In his hurry to finish with his delivery, he tried to force some package into the box, which has a key to keep thieves from getting at our mail. He must have forced it so hard the mailbox got destroyed. I had to call the help of my landscaper, Can, to come check the mailbox, now looking miserable. Can thinks he can repair it back to usable condition. He and Lu, his helper, worked on it for two days in the freezing cold. They finally fixed the mailbox back to usable state, thanks to their Vietnamese ingenuity. I'm thankful to God for these guys' abilities in repairing what I thought I would have bought a new one to replace it.
316 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Years ago, my Hubby and I used to get invited to parties. At those parties, there was talking, laughing and of course eating. Those interested would play mahjong or cards. Then came the eating part. I would fill up my plate enough to keep me from going hungry. Then the other guests would look at my plate and make comments like: "Is that all you eat?" This question triggered me to check their plates. What do I see? A Mt. Rainier pile of food! No wonder they had to ask me if that was all I ate when they saw the measly amount of food on my plate compared to the amount they had piled up on their plates. I figured that as invited guests, to them, the food was free, so why would they not pack up as much of the food as they could into their system? That way, they wouldn't need to shop for food for 3 days which saved them the expense for groceries. See their logic?
315 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual What a surprise!Too early for White Christmas. The winter pansies are covered with a cloak of white snow when I woke up this morning. Not to worry. Those pansies are called winter pansies for a reason. They brave the winter weather, snow, frost, rain and whatever nature throws on them. Their flowers are like soldiers that just bat their eyes on the elements and they come out still winners, showing their blooms as they fight the winter weather.

I'm beginning to think my playing "White Christmas" on the piano must have been an invitation for the snow to arrive.
313 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Years ago, I had an eye doctor downtown Seattle. I think he was Dr. Phillips. During my office visit, it felt like a big sacrifice on my part because he was one who smoked. Since he was a doctor, you'd think he knew better. But each office visit I made was nothing pleasant because examining my eyes required his close distance to apply all those thingamajigs to get the grade of my eyes for the eye glasses. As he checked my eyes, I would hold my breath to keep from smelling his redolent smell of stinky smoke. I was afraid I would faint as a result. I finally reported the matter to the nurses at the desk. They told me that he quit and then started again, which showed he had no will power. He could have used mouth rinse to cover up the smell. But still his clothes would have the smokey smell regardless. It resulted in my quitting to go to their office in spite of their alerting me to make another visit. There are doctors who badly lack consideration towards their patients. There should be a tough regulation regarding that kind of doctor-patient relationship.
307 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Can anybody imagine a world without music? It is like life lacking in oxygen. Without oxygen, life is not healthy and can cause all kinds of problems. In heaven, music is going on all the time, according to those who have gone there and have come back to this life. That the angels are always singing glorifying God with their singing. That tells us that God is a lover of music. I, for one, am following God's love of music. BTW, music keeps me healthy as well. That's why I never get sick. Because with playing the piano, the endorphins multiply. Those are the happy hormones. The music one is playing inspires the soul. So there is no room for depression.

If everybody were like me, the doctors and the dentists (I still have all my teeth except 2 wisdom teeth that were giving me pain when they were shooting through the gums in my teens) would quit their profession. Because they can't make money without enough patients.
306 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In a lot of events in our lives, God is there, working and orchestrating things for us. There is something uncanny that I have analyzed, and I feel I'm absolutely right.

We had our house built in 1964, with God's blessing. At the same time, our landscaper, Can Nguyen from Vietnam, was born in 1964 as well. Today, he has turned out to be our landscaper, but he has also a lot of skills besides. He paints, he can do electrical stuff, he installed our fence, he can fix thing in the house that go out of kilter. He changes light bulbs. He and his helper, Lu, repaired the broken mailbox that I almost decided to buy a new replacement.
305 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Can and his family, after 2 years of joining his relatives in Florida, came back to Seattle, saying: "All of a sudden we wanted to come back." That was the time Beatriz and Vince, now my son-n-law, were planning to have their wedding ceremonies in the backyard. With Can coming back, by God's orchestration, I asked him to do the job of refurbishing and improving the backyard.
305 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Can and his friend, Nyet, started the demanding work. They replaced the cement patio with a wooden lower sundeck which they painted with cedar red color. They scraped out the old grass, leveled the ground, added good soil and installed new sod. Off and on, I would check with them if they can meet the deadline. They gave their assurance every time. And of course they successfully finished the project, making the back garden presentable according to specifications. It was a win-win situation for them, for me, and for the couple to be married. I thank God for their skill in doing the job!
305 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The wedding day arrived and the ceremony was performed in our new and updated rear garden, courtesy of Can and Nyet. It was a sunny perfect day, comfortably cool for everybody. After the ceremony, we all drove to Renton to ride the Spirit of Washington Train that took us to the Columbia Winery in Woodinville, Washington, for the reception. During the ride, they served us brunch, while we enjoyed the views enroute.
305 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In the lunch room, before they served us dessert, four people gave their speeches. Vince, my new son-in-law, introduced his new bride, Beatriz to the group. Then, his Best Man, Bruce Katis, had his turn. The Maid of Honor, Candace Oehler, also gave her piece. Last of all, I gave my speech to welcome Vince to the family, as I introduced to them my two daughters, Beatriz and Cielito. I must have said words that triggered the laughter of the audience during my speech. After the dessert, the guests signed in the Guest Book. Pictures were taken afterwards. It was a day to remember, a lovely and happy affair that everybody enjoyed.
305 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Mr. and Mrs. Tim Navaja had a son who was one of my piano students years ago. The son had a younger sister in kindergarten in the Catholic parochial school near where they lived. One day, the sister (can't recall her name) was in her class and they were made to start a project using scissors. The sister (I'll just call her Jenny) was using her scissors when one of her classmates just swiped away her scissors. Jenny cried, of course, because she was now deprived of her tool necessary for making her assignment. The outcome was that Jenny was labeled a cry baby who misbehaved in class. The classmate who swiped away her scissors was strangely enough, not judged nor penalized for what he did against Jenny.
300 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Navaja were requested to see the administrator, a Nun. They obliged, went to the Nun's office. As they quietly entered her office, she was in the midst of writing on her table. They stood there for some minutes, the Nun just ignoring them. I would like to think she didn't notice them but I doubt that, that was the case. If I were one of the parents, I would have called the Nun's attention of our arrival for the scheduled appointment, in spite of what she was doing.
300 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual If you must know, dear reader, there is a strange attitude in some of the Catholic churches that seem to separate the haves and the have-nots. The haves give hefty donations to the church. The have-nots give what they can afford. Now, you can understand the odd behavior of the Nun towards the Navajas. I would think of that as a definite lack of humility, rude, and I wouldn't color that as Christianity.
300 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual However, Mr. Navaja had a friend in an office (higher than the Nun), in the hierarchy of the Archdiocese. That friend must have resolved the issue in favor of the Navajas, which would have "put the Nun in her place." Ah, what games people play!
300 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual There are some accidents you may least expect to happen. Like you get locked out of the bathroom accidentally, and you badly need to use it. It happened to me once. Surely I needed the bathroom but it was locked, nobody else in the house but me. I must have locked it previously and I didn't loosen the inside knob to free the lock on the outer knob. What now brown cow I said to myself, short of going to use the neighbors' bathroom. I searched in the drawer for tools, found the slimmest screwdriver, got hold of it and rushed to use it on the locked doorknob. Lucky strike! It fitted the hole. I pushed it, voila, I unlocked the knob. It felt like I won a million dollars!
299 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual What a consolation what God is blessing our Universe with in our temperate climate. After December 21, 2013, the nights start getting shorter and the days with their glorious sunshine start getting longer. God knows we can't endure those long nights of darkness. So He changes them to longer sunny days. As a result, we can start dreaming and planning our gardens by looking at those enticing catalogs, with pictures of pretty flowers of different colors and textures, that if they can talk, they are saying to the viewer: "Choose me, buy me." Nice effort, flowers, but I have to choose something with fragrance combined with glowing colors, blooming at different dates, with mixtures of heights. The thought is already glorifying God, who will surely be Divinely pleased that we are putting to good use his artistic creations. We thank you, Dear Lord, for blessing us with your lovely Universe!!!
297 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Be careful HOW you interpret the world; it IS like that.
---Erich Heller
297 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I was perusing a catalog of seafood yesterday, "Vital Choice." Just looking at the different pictured products was enough to perk up the appetite. I called up to make my order. There were scallops, blue mussels, Manila clams, calamari, besides different kinds of salmon, Alaska crab, Dungeness crab and more items. I was telling the salesperson that the pictures were enough to make the mouth salivate. I asked her if she ate what they sold. Surprisingly, she said that she doesn't. What an irony! While she has all the chances to take home their seafood items to prepare for her family, she has just zero interest in them. I forgot to ask if she is a vegetarian. Of course, in life we always have free choices.
295 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual A few years ago, I used to roll the garbage can, the recycling can and the yard waste can to the street, rain or no rain. In my mind, I was saying it to myself: "Will I be doing this chore until whenever?" It was just a thought I was mulling over. What do you know, dear reader, God, without a doubt, heard what I was thinking, because not too long after that thought was there in my mind that I was entertaining, the gardeners volunteered, without my asking them, to do me the favor of rolling the cans to the street, as well as rolling them back to the backyard after pick-up day. I've said it sometime back that God uses people to show His generosity towards individuals who have a need for His help. I'm really deeply grateful to God for the miracle He generously made, happen for me.
291 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I e-mailed a question to the House Beautiful Magazine last month: Why is it that your magazine is presenting pictures of furniture, furniture and more furniture where I've never seen a picture that includes a grand piano which gives class to the page? Is it that people don't have anymore creative activities like playing the piano, that all they do is watch those talking heads on television where all they get is bad news, bad shows? To me, it's a sad picture of American life. Seems like they don't even read books anymore. The editors didn't answer my e-mail but this month's issue finally has a picture with a piano in it. Seeing the grand piano in the page makes me feel happy, like meeting an old friend whom I missed for many months. Thanks, House Beautiful, for your long awaited favorable answer to my question!
289 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Have this ever happened to you? The IRS sends you a letter claiming you have to pay up $673 as unpaid taxes from 2011 tax year. They have items to support their claim. Of course I know I have paid my taxes because I reported every item correctly by checking and rechecking and final rechecking. I know I could not go wrong. Using the TaxAct cd rom which calculates for me
is a perfect program for any taxpayer. I checked my tax return again, nothing showed up as a gross mistake. Then I looked at the claim of the IRS, I found out that they were adding amounts that were already built in the item on the line.They even lifted an amount that was reported in my 2012 tax return. Can you just imagine what kind of a checker worked on my tax return? Looks like they pulled somebody from the street to do the checking. I therefore wrote in my explanations on one of the papers they sent. I even made the check to avoid paying the interest. But when we consulted the tax consultant, he said not to send the check because it will be hard for me to get my money back.
287 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Because my response was supposed to be received at IRS, today, the 15th, I called yesterday, the 14th. I talked with a Miss Gregg. With my attitude of confidence and calmness, I explained where they made their mistakes to discredit me on my tax return for 2011. Miss Gregg listened to everything I said, and she realized the mistakes made on their accusing claim against me. She finally said: "Your case is closed. Don't send any letter, tear up your check. You will receive a letter resolving your case. You owe nothing." With that, the "elephant" got lifted off my back. Silently, I thanked God and then I thanked her. What happened is a perfect slap against the so-called authority of the IRS. It can happen to anybody. What do they say, you can't fight the establishment? Well I did, because I know I'm right. It's my own human dignity that God wants me to uphold. I'm sure God was orchestrating for me to get the result I wanted. VICTORY! Thank your dear Lord!!!
287 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual It's such a great feeling about my victory against the IRS. Equivalent to winning a Billion Dollars. They tried to drive Fear into my heart, but weren't successful. What a big shame! They created mistakes and claimed that those were my mistakes. But do you know what, dear reader, I feel they were profiling me against my age, thinking that I would be easily bamboozled, and would be afraid to fight back. Well, they got the wrong victim. They don't realize that, inspite of my so-called age, I'm still as sharp as a tack. Also, having been born in the animal sign of the Tiger in the Chinese Zodiac calendar, my fame is fight, fight, fight, Grrrrr, because I know I'm right. Besides, God is my Ally, orchestrating victory for me on my side. Thank you, dear Lord.
281 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I would love to hear what you think of my recent Victory over the IRS, dear reader of MyHeritage, their claiming I made mistakes in my 2011 Tax Return. They even added an item that belongs to my 2012 Tax Return. Looks like they're ultra desperate to squeeze money from me. If they can do it to me, they can do it to others as well. Clear as sunshine, after I checked what they were claiming as my mistakes in my 2011 Tax Return, and telling me to send them my check for $673, or I incur Interest + Interest ad nauseam, it made me think they're trying their best to drive FEAR into my heart and that I would do what they were demanding me to do. Thank God, I still have my God-given intelligence, so that I could fight for my rights, because I know I am right. Thank you, dear Lord, for your blessing me with my Victory over the IRS!!!
281 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In plain English, that branch of the government tried to DEFRAUD me and SCAM me. With all their computers, they manipulated their figures by GIGO, garbage in garbage out. Can anybody trust them again, after all they tried to scam me which is pure fraudulent? I'm still waiting for their letter to own up to their created mistakes, (which I doubt they can be truthful about their crime towards an honest taxpayer). I say it again, if they have done it to me, taxpayers in my age group are good targets for their scam. So, be watchful fellow taxpayers. I wouldn't wish this unbelievable scenario on my worst enemy.
276 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I've been wondering why I keep healthy in my sunset years. I don't get sick. This is the unvarnished truth. Looking back, I think I have arrived at the pieces of the puzzle. First and foremost, I have always lived by the rules. When one lives by the rules, there is no room for regret. Living with regrets can chip away at one's peace of mind. Lacking peace of mind, a person can develop some kind of illness that can eat away at the wholesome condition of the body.
276 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Next item in the puzzle, I play the piano which keeps me inspired. In heaven, according to some who have gone there and back to this life, the angels are singing to glorify God. Undoubtedly, God loves music. My passion for music is in line with God's love for music.
276 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I'm still learning languages at my age. It's a joy to emulate the Apostles who could spread the Gospel in any language without having to open a course book, or without their going to school beecause they were gifted the gift of tongues by the Holy Spirit. Learning languages keeps away Alzheimer's disease because it multiplies the neural connections in the brain. It keeps the brain busy instead of idle. As the saying goes: "Use it or lose it."
276 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I scour the Internet which has multiple subjects of interest which adds to one's knowledge, subjects that we can learn from for free without having to go to school: Spiritual, Financial, Gardening, Culinary, Languages, Philosophical, Local and Global News, Health and other subjects of interest which are ready reference at one's fingertips, using the marvels of Technology. There are subscriptions that charge their fees, of course.
276 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Life, for me, wouldn't be livable if I have no garden with beautiful flowering plants that we can feast our eyes on and inspire our spirits, as well as decorate our environment, and a vegetable garden with organic, delicious veggies, freshly picked to serve on our table (makes for healthful eating). All these plants glorify God who created them.
276 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Life with no regrets makes for Good Health and Happiness which is like money in the bank. I thank the Lord for keeping me Healthy!
276 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual If any US taxpayer has any complaint to file against the IRS, (I have explained to you what and how they scammed and defrauded me), this is the number to call:
Treasury Inspector General Tax Administrator: 1-800-366-4484, located in Washington DC. An office employee of Sharebuilder told me that another person has told her about the same scamming technique the IRS did to her. I didn't know whether she won her case like I did. Be watchful. Crime you may not expect is rampant, sorry to say.
275 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In this day and age, with negative influences whirling around and going rampant, one has to have strong moral fiber to deflect them. One needs God's Guidance to be protected, and to live by the rules. If one can't live by the rules, REGRETS will result, which will make for one's life a shambles. To face life, one has to be physically and morally fit. One can't do it any other way. Life is full of choices. The Conscience teaches us to "clean our act" if we expect to make that awaited trip straight to Heaven.
263 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Tico, the Puppy of my daughter, Beatriz and Vince, my son-in-law, was given a doggy shirt with the logo of the Seahawks. They put the shirt on Tico to wear during the Seahawks, Broncos Super Bowl. Funny, but Tico's wearing the shirt was the bellwether for the Seahawks winning the game slam-bang. Unbelievable, but true!!!
Just for the record, the Score was 43-8, Seahawks.
263 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Yesterday, 2 fellows came to apply insulation in our attic to make the thickness 16 inches, that would keep us warm this winter. They both work for Terminix. One was JJ, and the other was Umberto. With his name I knew he is Spanish speaking. I asked him, "Es usted del habla Espanol?" He answered in Spanish, "Si." He said he is a 4 year veteran who served in Afghanistan. I got excited saying, "You're alive, you're home in the US." He said that his hearing is impaired from all those war sounds of boom, boom. And he has some shoulder problem, maybe from constant carrying his weapon, or carrying his fallen comrades. And he has some problem with his ankle. But looking at him, he didn't seem beset with those problems. He said that he is waiting for his Veteran's paycheck. He is only 23 years old. Every time they exited our front door, I would warn him to look out for his head from hitting the lintel of the door. It was a happy moment for me to talk in Spanish to a young veteran of the Afghanistan war scene.

I must say they did a thorough job with the insulation in the attic. I thank God for people who do their work properly as they did for us.
258 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I appreciate businesses that hire people who may have speech impediment but can do the job. As an example, Tommy and Hieu, employed by Loew's, delivered the upright freezer I ordered the other day. Tommy, I noticed has some speech impediment. But it's no reason not to be hired by Loew's because he has the strength to move heavy appliances like the freezer, and with his companion, Hiew, they were able to team up and delivered the freezer to us, with the blessing of God. It was a win-win for us, as well as a win-win for them. There should be more compassionate businesses like Loew's.
257 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual When buying eggs, we have a choice of the small, the large AA, or the Jumbo size. I always prefer the Jumbo size. You know why? The eggs usually turn out to have double yolks, which means when you crack one egg, you get two eggs. Last night I cracked two eggs into the pan, and I got four eggs instead of just two eggs. That was the second time I hit the jackpot of getting four eggs out of two eggs. I thank God for His abundant generosity, almost like winning the lottery. Of course I never buy into the lottery. It is a hit or miss method of trying to win. I'm better off with the Jumbo eggs.
248 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We live in a cruel world. You encounter individuals who take pleasure in bashing and downgrading your person. You can only parry their verbal brickbats and abuse, you hoping they know the meaning of the word they used to browbeat and thrash you with. You promise yourself you'll never want to step into their abode again. You certainly want to avoid another confrontation that you know you don't deserve. You can be sure God is watching and will do His Divine Orchestration to compensate you for your undeserved maltreatment. I can always depend on the Divine Support of the Lord.
236 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In contrast, I was talking to an employee of an office where I needed some information regarding my account. As usual. I was adding the name of the Lord in my conversation. I was so impressed because he was ever ready to add "Amen" to what I was saying. I was beginning to think he was a minister, but he was not. He is one who is attuned to God even while he was at work. We're always happy to meet an individual of his category. We wish him God's Blessings which he deserves.
236 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I just watched two prodigies, both of them boys, one was 7 years old. He played Rachmaninoff's "Flight of the Bumblebee" on the piano. The other boy played on the harmonica Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," and was accompanied on the piano by an adult pianist. The second boy was probably the same age as the one who played the piano. Surely they will both grow up to be great performers on the stage in later years. They have already started to show their musical talents tonight, on a stage in Australia through UTube.
231 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We have harbingers of spring in our garden and planters. The crocuses are saying"Hi!" in the planters. The bright yellow forsythias are showing profuse branches of their blooms at the corner of the veranda. The Clematis Armandii vine, which stays in the ground bravely against rain, snow or freezing weather, is now blooming its head off, with that oblivious attitude of "who cares, I can bloom can't I?" Its blooms suffuse the entire living room with its fragrance. Can, our gardener-landscaper just brought in 3 branches of the pretty faithful bloomer, the Clematis Armandii. Thank God for His Divine Creations of flowers, beautiful to behold!
229 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual This is the year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. It reminds me of the time I used to go have piano lessons with Maestro Carlos Reyes in Vigan, capital of Ilocos Sur, during the Japanese occupation. I used to ride the calesa, a horse drawn carriage, instead of taking the bus. Riding the calesa was more fun, the horse's hooves created rhythmic clop-clop-clop sounds on the paved road, and the head of the horse bobbed up and down to go with the clopping sound made by its hooves. And of course, the calesa driver brought me straight to the address of Maestro Reyes. What amazed me is that the horse didn't do its "business" during the drive. All along the road, it was clean, not dotted with horse debris. The horse is such a graceful, beautiful animal that enabled us to commute without depending on petroleum run vehicles during that time. Thank God for Horses!
226 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Lately, our fridge has been creating musical sounds every time we open and close its door. The fridge is not yet old, but the hinges are being overworked. Meaning, they're not making them like they used to years ago. I called Can, our landscaper/gardener who knows how to solve problems of this sort. But he is in California, his uncle had just passed on. He said he would call his friend Nguan, who is our neighbor across the street. I also called Sears repair department, because the fridge is Kenmore, their appliance trademark. They will only show up on Tuesday next week. Not too good a prospect to get instant service where safe food storage is concerned. Can said that his friend, Nguan, will show up the next morning, today, Sunday. Sure enough Nguan came, assessed what tools he needed, went back to his house for his proper tools. He worked on the fridge in a matter of 10 minutes. Voila, the door works without those unwanted sounds. I was going to pay Nguan but he refused to be paid. As I see it, everything in this scenario comes from God's Orchestration and Divine Generosity. I gratefully thanked Nguan for his smart and kind service. I also had a chance to know things about his family. Thank you, Lord, for your Divine Generosity through people!!!
220 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual "Fame is a Vapor.Popularity an Accident. Riches take Wing. And only Character Endures." Horace Greeley.
202 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Here's a famous philosophy of life: "Refuse to admit defeat." Not to gloat, I've always had this kind of outlook in my life. One should figure that admitting defeat is tantamount to taking abode with the entity, the one with the two horns and a tail. I, for one, always prefer to be in the Lord's Camp where the residents look for Success as the fruit of their endeavors. Life would result as a question mark when one is confronted with a To-do-List which remains in the Procrastination List. And of course who wants to be a member of the club of the entity with the two horns and a tail? We are given a choice. Be with the question mark, or be with God. Naturally, any person who prefers success would choose to be in God's Blessed Camp.
190 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Have you ever hired a Tax Preparer to do your tax returns? I have, just to oblige my family being concerned that I may not be doing my returns correctly. Frankly, I have done my tax returns through the years, and I never had any problem.
142 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I submitted to him my copy for 2013 using TaxAct software. For his service, he charged me $450.00, and I paid my tax due in full to the last cent to the IRS.
142 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual In about a week's time, I got a bill from the IRS in the amount of $90.00 owing, plus late payment penalty, plus interest. That unexpected bill came to me like a ton of bricks coming from nowhere.
142 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual Then I checked the copy given to me by the tax preparer. You wouldn't believe what I saw. It was "injustice of all injustice!" The total tax estimates for tax year 2013 I paid in the amount of $4017 was incorrectly typed as $4107, making a difference of $90, that the IRS billed me for.
142 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual I called up the tax preparer about the typo made in my tax return, that evidently went through without checking for any error. He was adamant that I should pay for the bill, I being tax liable. It was his mistake, not mine, and he should do something to rectify the matter to the IRS. I told him I'm filing Complaint Form 14157 to the IRS to explain to them regarding the mistake that the tax preparer didn't check, and that he just transposed the order of the numbers in the dollar amount, willy- nilly. My Complaint Form 14157 should be received at IRS today, 6/9/2014. I'm sure, God guided me on what to do, and I will be receiving the result in short order. Thank you, dear Lord, for your Divine Guidance!!!
142 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual If you ask me, the service charged me by the tax preparer is not worth a nickel. I call it Bad Business Ethics.
142 days ago
Ellis Mary Henrietta Pacis Pascual We have heat wave in the lower 80s in Seattle. Either enjoy it like the flowers do, or suffer. Thanks to air conditioning, one doesn't have to feel scorched. Thank God for air conditioning and the guy who invented it!!!
89 days ago
 
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