Monday, October 23, 2017
I wrote my first article about CFM when Macrine and I were introduced to Pat and Patty Crowley of Wheaton, Illinois ( suburb of Chicago) in 1960. I was still a graduate student at the University of Illinois in Chicago at that time. We continued our involvement with CFM in Kansas City, Missouri after I graduated with my Ph.D degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1964. In Kansas City, Macrine and I organized the first ecumenical unit ( composed of 5 couples of various religious affiliation) in our parish. Macrine and I participated in the first Marriage Encounter Retreat organized by CFM in 1966. Our involvement with CFM was the most rewarding activity that Macrine and I have experienced as a young couple raising four young children in the US.
Our involvement with CFM is detailed in my autobiography as follows:
Just in case you have not heard-CFM is a lay religious movement composed of groups of families embracing the Christian faith.
Macrine and I first heard of CFM in the Philippines from Pat and Patty Crowley in the early 1960's when I was a graduate student at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The Crowley's mentioned the names of Tony and Teresa Nieva to us. It was a coincidence that Tony Nieva was my mother-in-law first cousin. Today we are in contact with both Ronie and Pepi Nieva-daughters of the Tony ( RIP) and Teresa.
Here's some information about CFM of the Philippines from their web site:
Pat & Patty Crowley of Chicago, USA, brought the movement to the Philippines on Feb. 8, 1956. Within the year, Tony & Teresa Nieva formed the first CFM unit in Makati.
The CFM was the first lay organization whose members are both the husband and wife and their children. CFM pioneered the Family and Life Programs in the Philippines developing or introducing, and delivering up to now the following programs:
1950’s – Marriage Orientation (Pre-Cana Counseling) and Holy Week retreat for Couples
1960’s –Family Life Education (FLED) courses in schools, Marriage Encounter (ME), Discovery Weekend
1970’s – Marriage Enrichment (TIPANAN), Solo Parents Program, and Sons and Daughters Encounter (SADE), Family Rights Movement.
1980’s – Family Communications and Young Adults Program (YAP)
1990’s -FIRES Priest Encounter and FIRES Marriage Encounter, Self Encounter, New Pentecost and Family Life Appreciation Seminar (FLAS)
2000’s – “Ala… Una ang Pamilya” regular Sunday radio program on Veritas 846.
The initial formation takes place through the Family Evangelization Program (FEP) guidebooks using the inquiry or Observe, Judge, Act (OJA) methodology, authored by its members.
CFM also pioneered in 1950 – 60’s advocacy activities in the field of social action, mass media, good government, clean & honest elections (NAMFREL)
For more details read: http://www.cfmphilippines.org/
Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Monday, October 16, 2017
My pineapple plant grown from the commercial fruit I purchased from the grocery here in the US. Will it bear fruit before the winter Season? This potted pineapple plant greet visitors as it is located in our entrance patio!
This skinny pineapple plant in my garden in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines is starting to bear fruit. I also started it from commercial pineapple fruit I purchased in the public market in Boac. For other tropical fruits in my garden in the Philippines visit: https://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2013/10/tropical-fruits-in-gardens-of-chateau.html
For more information on pineapple culture also visit: http://www.writersreps.com/Pineapple-Culture
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Red mangoes and Kahlua were my best buys of the week- two purchases I made with the promotion of Buy One, Take One Free!
Kahlua with equal amounts of Half & Half in ice cubes is the after dinner drink that Macrine and I enjoyed very much.
For the six varieties of mangoes commonly available in US, read: http://www.mango.org/en/About-Mangos/Mango-Varieties
For additional recipes and other mixed drinks with Kahlua read: http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink4631.html
Monday, October 2, 2017
Last week Macrine and I had cravings for Pinoy Dishes. It was satiated when my two sisters-in-laws visited us and brought with them two dishes-Kare-kare( spiced blood pudding) and Adobo sa Gata na Manok( Chicken adobo in coconut milk). Yesterday, Macrine and I went to our Favorite Filipino grocery food in McCleland Air Force Base. We purchased dinugu-an ( blood pudding), chicken tinola, beef steak, beef caldereta ,pancit and lechon. For more details on the above dishes visit my site as follows:
Today, I have a cravings for oysters: I will purchased fresh oysters today and prepare Oyster Rockefeller. The recipe and method of preparation is describe in my Hubpages.com account as follows:
Thursday, September 28, 2017
A couple of weeks ago, I described the five luxuries that my wife are enjoying here in the US. Today, I am adding another luxury that I forgot in that blog. The number six luxury is the service of a Gardener. My Gardener does the mowing, trimming and weeding of both our front and back yards twice a month or as in needed basis. I still do the watering and fertilizing. David III still maintains our swimming pool and minor repairs in the house.
Today I am also attaching one of my hubs about Life in the Philippines vs Life in the US from my hubpages.com account just in case you have not read it as follows:
Friday, September 22, 2017
I was reading the FB page of my daughter Ditas yesterday and learned that Carenna who entered 9th grade last month( first year high school) told her that there are Mean Girls in her class. This means verbal bullying to me. I could identify how Carenna felt since I was also bullied when I was in high school.
I wrote my own verbal bullying experience when I was in high school in the 1950's in detail in the first edition of my autobiography. However, a friend suggested I tone it down (the details) since it was too personal. Instead of toning it down, I decided just to omit it in the second edition of my autobiography. Writing it down however was very therapeutic. I have forgotten all about my teenage bullying, until yesterday after reading Ditas FB page.
Here's Ditas Posting: Mean girls in the HISP program at Mclatchy and we thought it would be less likely, but they are everywhere.
The following are some reactions from Ditas FB friends to the above posting:
Honestly after 2016 who is surprised?
They are everywhere, sadly. Hugs
Unfortunately they are everywhere
Contact their counselors. And continue contacting their counselors and admin with each and every incident.
College is just around the corner. Tell her it will get better. Hugs
True. Highschool... barf.... college.... so awesome!
Ditas Katague: I know right! my 35th High school reunion is next Saturday and I thought about going but after witnessing Carenna's torment this week, I have PTSD from my high school traumas. And those that caused it, I have no desire to come in contact with.
It's just preparing her for the workforce 😱
Success is the best revenge.
Ditas it's high school ... mean girls are what help us grow into fierce woman and smoke them all! Tell her to hang in there it gets better!
So, how common is teenage bullying in the US?
According to statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying. Data suggests that teenage bullying is more common among younger teens than it is among older teens. However, it may be that young teens are more prone to physical bullying, which is easier to identify, and that older teens are more sophisticated in methods of bullying that are not always exactly identified as such.
Physical bullying is more common among boys, and teenage girls often favor verbal and emotional bullying. Indeed, while boys report that they are more likely to be involved in physical altercations, girls report that they are often the targets of nasty rumors – especially involving sexual gossip. Additionally, girls are more likely to use exclusion as a teenage bullying technique than boys are.
For details on teenage bullying read the following:
Related News about Verbal Bullying:
Today's news highlights the verbal bullying of Trump and Kim Jong Un:
Trump calls KIM, Rocket Man as well as “unfit,” “rogue” and “gangster”. Kim bullied back and call Trump― a mentally unbalance “dotard,” .
So what is a dotard: According to Merriam-Webster, a “dotard” is a “person in his or her dotage,” with “dotage” further defined as “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.”
Freelance journalist Jihye Lee said the original statement in Korean used a term better translated as “old beast lunatic,” but it became “dotard” in the English version released by North Korea.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Last week, Macrine swam in our pool for the first time since 2013 when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's. As part of her physical therapy her neurologist encourage her to swim and play the piano-the two activities she loves before her PD diagnosis. Yesterday, I purchased here a new suit from Macy-A Calvin Klein. When she tried it this morning she was so excited as shown the following photos and video.