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  • Adieu! farewell earth's bliss!
    This world uncertain is:
    I am sick, I must die.
    Lord, have mercy on us!
    Thomas Nashe

    I called Aunt Moynie in Kota Kinabalu to share her sorrow and express my condolences.

    What am I going to do about all his writings? she wept.

    She meant all the work he did for his Bachelor's in the Philippines and for his M.Sc. in Hawaii. She had gone with him. The whole family were together.

    In Australia, her husband had reached out to her despairing spirit when he saw her tears, her helplessness at his agony."Taanon no ginavo nu."

    The closest meaning in English I can think of is a page in a little book the man in my life had given to me: Heart, Old Child, suffer and bear. Debra (Sr Mary Joan Sullivan) gave me the same book years later.


    How big or small it is,
    it is some comfort
    that one day they will again
    be side by side.
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