December 5, 2023

Let’s start with a prayer for healing power by Dawn Mast: “Father God, many of us need healing. I need healing for past hurts, random physical pains that I allow to waylay my days and Spiritual healing for various reasons. I reach up to You to receive this healing so that I may be whole and that I may be able to then minister to others in a way that brings You fullness of glory. How wonderful to be able to worship You without stain or blemish and to be totally healed. Show others Your healing power so that they may also be healed and walk in wholeness. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen!”

This near-sighted Ibaloy writer has often advocated the importance of backyard or even container gardening. The current pandemic highlighted the importance of having a food source in desperate times. Obviously, food is a basic human need to survive. You can’t eat money.
Anyway, a top economist lauded the city government’s ongoing efforts of providing packets of vegetable seeds to the Summer Capital’s 128 barangays for the propagation of survival gardens.
Carlo Asuncion, a Baguio-born and Manila-based economist working with an international banking institution, said the program is a step in the right direction especially in the shadow of the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic where human lives and food security are severely affected and compromised, according to a top economist.
In his zoomcast presentation on the country’s prospects under a new normal given during the management committee meeting recently of local officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong at City Hall, he said that this seed distribution activity should be replicated throughout the entire country since this would contribute in feeding the populace.
He also pointed out that those with extra produce from their gardens can also use these to barter in exchange for other goods or services and even sell these online for extra income.

FYI: The city government through the City Human Resource Management Office has conducted a series of stress debriefing sessions for barangay officials who had been part of the frontlines in the city’s fight against the Covid-19 to help them maintain emotional well-being amid the health crisis. Magalong fully supports the program stressing the necessity of giving premium to mental health in these challenging times.

Here’s “Glum is the sky” by Fyodor IvanovichTyutchev: “Glum is the sky, by night imprisoned,/
As over it the dark clouds creep,/ Not menacing or wistful is it,/ But plunged in dreary, torpid sleep./ Alone the streaks of lightning, bursting/ Through cloud and shadow, seem to be,/ As they flare up and blaze, conversing/ Like deaf-mute demons soundlessly./ As at a signal, for an instant/ A strip of sky is lit, and Lo! -/ From out the murk the forests distant/ Emerge, set suddenly aglow./ But the light dies, the darkness fleeing/ That cloaks the startled, wakeful sky,/ And all is still… Is a plot being/ Hatched in the silent wastes on high?..”
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.