A tribute to my first wife, Margot “Tingting” aka "Swato" Pelaez Linsangan Roberto October 8, 1962 - January 5, 2013 [caption id="attachment_2543" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Teach me to number my days[/caption] It is the eve of January 4, 2020 and seven years ago, on January 4, 2013, I had no inkling that my first wife, Tingting, would die the next day. We had some visitors that day who lifted her spirits, prayed for her and gave her hope…and then we enjoyed dinner together at her
Lessons from Maestro Ricky Lee
Yesterday was a special day in the lives of many writers who were gathered in a room via Zoom.
I, together with other established and up and coming new authors from my publisher, had the privilege of sitting at the feet of legendary, prolific and generous writer and author, Ricky Lee.
Lee is the writer of hundreds of screen plays (including the award-winning Himala) and author of books on writing, including Trip to Quiapo.
Dear Joshua, One day, when you were about three years old, when I was thinking of you and the miracle of adoption, this thought burst out of my heart: Love is thicker than blood. You can make that into a hashtag. I’m sure that came from the Spirit. But that statement is true for you and me. Yes, love is thicker than blood! Father’s Day is here and I just want to let you know that this love I have for you is thicker than blood, or ketchup or lechon sauce. No, it’s so thick you need a steel
Last night, I watched a movie based on the true story of Lee Strobel, an award-winning hard-nosed journalist for the Chicago Tribune in the early ‘80s who also has a masters degree at Yale Law School. [caption id="attachment_3925" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Leslie Strobel never gave up on her husband, Lee[/caption] Strobel would be considered in the world’s eyes as—a smart man. And wise. As a journalist, he dug deep for the facts like an archeologist. He sought to report only the
As I was walking up and down the beach in Bali, this caught my eye. A leaf looking like a spade...being washed by the waves. But then look at it from the other side and it's a ? heart.. I smiled and took a picture to remind me to always look at the other side. Just like when the apostles were fishing all night in the Galilee and couldn't catch any ? fish. The Master watched them toil. He allowed them to get to the point of desperation (in the process building their patience and
Last Saturday, I finished my fourth talk in four days. It wasn't easy because three out of the four talks were about different topics. Although, I get invited to speak fairly regularly, I'm not a full time professional speaker. But last week, I felt like I was. And so I have the utmost respect for my friends who are pro speakers and do this day in and day out. You know who you are. :) Yesterday, my wife asked me how my talks went. I told her what my client told me and what my client's boss
"God spoke again to Ahaz. This time he said, 'ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!" - Isaiah 7:10-11 It was from Robin Gunn's book, "How My Book Became a Movie", where I first came across that wonderful, amazing, empowering BIble verse. The author of more than 80 books, (or is it 100?) including the wildly successful Christy Miller series, Robin and her husband, Ross, have been my Ohana family - whenever I visit Maui on my ministry trips. I first met
Business is hard. The truth is that most entrepreneurs will fail 3.8 times before they experience success. For me my count is 12 times. About ten small failures and two big ones where I lost all my savings, before I finally got a breakthrough success. I failed more than I succeeded. Entrepreneurship is hard and you need to work hard. And yes, fail. That's the reality. Forbes says that 90% of start ups fail! Wow. It's stressful being an entrepreneur. Although as a Christian you're not supposed
I know my calling is that of an author. A writer assigned to "publish with the voice of thanksgiving, speaking of all of God's wonderful works."When I am called to speak, my introverted-author personality has to take a backseat and I call on the Holy Spirit to take over.I've discovered that God is always faithful to give wisdom and power to the foolish of this world who respond and obey His calling.I can only boast in Him.Last week Monday, I was amazed at how God used this introverted, foolish
"A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered." E.B. White More and more, I find my patience and focus for reading books in decline. That's alarming for me because I'm an author. I also mentor people who want to be authors and lead a workshop called Project Author. At the workshop I advise my
I have to admit that I did pray and wish that my latest book, The Happy Entrepreneur, would find its way to the Top 10 Best Seller list again like my two last books (Real Men are POGI, #5 and Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin, #1). But I had some doubts whether people would appreciate the new format and genre that I chose for The Happy Entrep... A fictional story of a young desperate entrepreneur, Eddie, who finds a God sent mentor, Timmy, who guides Eddie and introduces him to real life, non fictional,