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The Authentic Swing of Bagger Vance 2

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Huggybear's Stories August 30 to September 5 Edition
The Authentic Swing of Bagger Vance  2
I face the world only as who I am now on my present sojourn. As I attain deeper insights in the mysteries of existence, I feel more humbled by the powers of the universe that govern our lives, even before our first cry and even beyond our last.
"Each of us possesses, inside ourselves, one true Authentic Swing that is ours alone," says Bagger Vance. Our task is "simply to chip away all that is inauthentic." And "The search for the Authentic Swing is a parallel to the search for the Self."
A player must understand the three stages and its unifying principle, surrender: "Surrender of the Little Mind to the Big Mind, surrender of the personal ego to the greater wisdom of the Self."
Who Is Bagger?
I care finding my place in this world, and I care about my fellow men, even if it at times I'm assailed by cynicism about humanity. Then I realize that someti…

Alone Again

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Huggybear's Favorite Songs From Gilbert O'Sullivan

August 27 Midweek Musical
Alone Again (Naturally)

Clair

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The Authentic Swing of Bagger Vance (1 of 2)

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Huggybear's Stories August 23-29 Edition
The Authentic Swing of Bagger Vance 
I am a young man in search of meaning. Yet I know I am more than who I am. I came here to find my way back. The most profound revelations that transformed my life came from within. I had it all, all this time, but I have been blinded by illusions. I thought I needed to learn, until I realized that all I had to do is to remember.The real me transcends time and space. My greatest agonies came from forgetting my true nature. This is what happened to Rannulph Junah as he competes in the game that will define him forever.
"Junah's problem is simple," says his caddie, Bagger Vance. "He thinks he is Junah."
I have read more books that a lot of men in their lifetime, though only a few have moved me to the core of my being. One is The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield (Harper Torch, NY). I identified with Junah, and never have I found a character as true and mesmerizing as Bagger…

Yellow Ribbon

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Huggybear's Favorite Songs From Tony Orlando & Dawn

August 20 Midweek Musical
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree

Knock Three Times

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Wonder

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Huggybear's Stories August 16-22 Edition
July 2, 2014 1:18 p.m., Wednesday
I sometimes wonder what would have happened if things didn't turn out the way they did.
If I weren't so depressed one fateful day last May, I wouldn't have gone to the Cebu South Bus Terminal to go to Oslob, a town at the tip of the island famous for its whale sharks. So I was there. Then, if I like crowds, I wouldn't have left the station in disgust. I positively hate crowds with a passion.
So I decided, on a whim, to go instead to a friend from whom I've seen things that friends should never show. If I were the type to keep grudges, I wouldn't have come. But I'm not, and so I did. That's when I met the one person, somebody else, who I will love above all others. You might call it a paradox of fate. Some may call it romantic. I call it Destiny.
April 8, 2014 Tuesday
Text to my childhood friend GD
Nalulungkot dun sa nangyayari ngayon sa isang kaibigan ko, na itatago ko na lang …

Ronnie Milsap

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Huggybear's Favorite Songs From Ronnie Milsap

August 13 Midweek Musical
It Was Almost Like a Song

Is It Over

I'll Take Care Of You


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Diamond

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Huggybear's Stories August 9-15 Edition June 30, 2014 Monday
Everybody has their own rituals. I'm in bed trying to get some shut-eye for my work tonight. Before I go to sleep, I need a period of mental tranquility. Writing is my way of getting rid of stress. I would just type on my phone whatever comes to mind, just like this vignette, a slice in the pie of my life. Oftentimes, I would need to listen to music as food for my soul. I always put on headphones. I appreciate the sound better. I don't see any point in sharing it with my neighbors, and I most certainly don't want to hear their racket. We're different folks and so we stroke to each his own. I like it that way. It's so refreshing to let the outside world stay out.

July 5, 2014 Saturday
When the winds of outrageous fortunes blows, and when the applause has died down and the crowds have all been gone, I turn to within. When all is said and done, I still have myself. I still have me. I'm writing this, writh…

Spandau Ballet

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Huggybear's Favorite Songs From Spandau Ballet 

August 6 Midweek Musical
Round and Round 

Only When You Leave 

Lifeline 

I'll Fly For You

True 

Through The Barricades

Highly Strung 

Gold 

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The Art of Understated Perfection (2 of 2)

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Huggybear’s Stories August 2-8 Edition The Art of  Understated Perfection  Part 2
It was soon clear that Nicholai's talent in playing Gō is far superior than anyone ever imagined.
Then one day, Otake-san discovered that his star pupil had another incredible gift denied to most.
Nicholai would go in deep meditation and return with his mind refreshed. His mystical transport takes him to a place where time does not exist.
"I don't leave. I am where my body is, as well as everywhere else," he struggles to explain. "I don’t become one with everything. I return to being one with everything."
Sweet Melancholy
The bond between Nicholai and Kishikawa reminds me of my foster father. Like Nicholai, I, too, am an orphan with a disdain for the superficial, a need for solitude and an unfathomably deep streak of independence. Now, nearly three years after he died, I cannot think of him without the "sweet melancholy" like one feels in a Zen garden. That sense of enlighten…