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The Matter of Rice

The Matter of Rice

Featured Photo Credit: Interaksyon | REUTERS | Eloisa Lopez When news broke out that some rice farmers were forced to accept Php 7.00 for a kilo of paddy rice (palay), my wife and I started pondering what this means for us and how things got this way. We decided to do...
Aikido: The Practice of Peace

Aikido: The Practice of Peace

When I was a student of Philosophy back in the early ‘80s, I struggled with the problem of violence and the conundrum of dealing with it. How do you handle violence without yourself becoming violent or becoming a victim of violence? Received wisdom counsels...
What are Role-Playing Games?

What are Role-Playing Games?

Featured photo credit: Jonette Valenciano With popular shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Stranger Things featuring role-playing games, specifically Dungeons & Dragons, the hobby has moved out from its niche as geek activity and into the mainstream–more...
The Virtues of Tactile Hobbies

The Virtues of Tactile Hobbies

When was the last time you got to enjoy your latest hobby? The word “hobby” seems to have taken on a strange quality these days as if its shape and weight and texture feel awkward and unwieldy in our mouths. Sure, we can still do this thing we call a hobby...