Roots of Rhythm

By JoeAm I’ve been around the world, here and there, now and then. Music was often my only companion. If I step back to look at what is going on in the Philippines today, I can see it as just a few off-key bars in the otherwise vibrant and uplifting musical score that is the … Continue reading

Finding hope in the Philippines

By JoeAm Where is hope found, for those who have lost it, in the Philippines? Well, the poor and disadvantaged have never really had much, have they? The failure of past leaders to address this is the reason President Duterte is in office today. However, I would guess that few of moral or even economic … Continue reading

Duterte: The Classification Puzzle

By Edgar Lores The other day I was listening to Emmylou Harris on YouTube. The song was “Boulder to Birmingham,” Ms. Harris’ tribute to Gram Parsons who was her friend, mentor, and a duet partner. As you may know, long-married old couples often die within months of each other after one partner goes ahead. For … Continue reading

What in the world is a foreigner to do?

By JoeAm As a foreigner living in the Philippines, I find myself straining to find a place to fit in. On one hand, I love the Philippines, Filipinos, the dynamic culture, the food, the sea and land adventures, and even driving in the chaos. On the other hand, the nation has become a bit of … Continue reading

News is getting dissembled on us

By JoeAm How do you get your news? How do you vet that it is factual and not propaganda or political pap? It is getting more and more difficult to have confidence that one is not being fed someone’s political line or vested interest. Moodys says the Philippines may be brewing a debt problem and … Continue reading