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  • A Day with my Nieces by Paul Cuenco 1/1/2012 3:38:40 PM
    It was glorious, that day with Lauren and Taylor. The old campus of the University of San Francisco was a welcome sight. The nostalgia came back for I have not visited the campus for years. The cathedral (or church, it was too big for it to be a c... more

  • To Live and Enjoy Life by Paul Cuenco 12/29/2011 2:58:32 PM
    My systolic was 174. My diastolic was 110. My sister who suffered a stroke last week and was confined to a hospital for four days said, “Those were the numbers when I suffered a stroke. What can I say but I said that “it’s probably because I have j... more

  • Goodbye Uncle Paul by Paul Cuenco 12/28/2011 9:01:47 AM
    It will be three days before I say goodbye to my family in Vallejo. I just know that there will be kissing and hugging. No crying anymore for that is way past the first time I was moving on to Portland. I will miss the blue skies or the fog whiche... more

  • It's Hector by Paul Cuenco 12/27/2011 3:29:03 PM
    I began to lounge in a chair next to my sister’s hospital bed when conversations started ensuing. Then Hector my sister’s boyfriend told us about his life in Juarez, Mexico. He was about eight or nine. He said that he loved to play but the kids he... more

  • Going Home by Paul Cuenco 12/22/2011 11:16:05 PM
    I’m going home tomorrow. Tomorrow night I’ll be arriving in Vallejo, preparing my bed and talking with mom, sis and Taylor. I will be laying my clothes out for the next day’s festivities – it’s the family Christmas party – and later in the night, w... more

  • A Night in Copenhagen by Paul Cuenco 12/21/2011 10:50:03 PM
    It was twilight when the train left Hamburg for Copenhagen, although by the time we crossed the Kiel Canal, remnants of the sun still linger. I wonder if I should visit a fiord up north than head east to Copenhagen. But then, when we reached Koldin... more

  • Trivia Night by Paul Cuenco 12/20/2011 10:41:38 PM
    It was Trivia Night at Greater Trumps, a game of know-it-all, of things inconsequential but consequential. The first question was, “What was Time magazine naming the People of the Year?” I don’t know what the answer was. Neither did Janice. My te... more

  • Paul's Novels by Paul Cuenco 12/19/2011 7:14:02 PM
    It has been over two years now since I first published my novels. First, “Pretty and Nowhere to Go” and then “A Cottage in Another Country”. The third, “Deconstructing Connor”, came only after Hope finished editing it and I immediately read, sub-ed... more

  • Europe by Paul Cuenco 12/18/2011 3:16:26 PM
    Europe The beginning is always the most exciting and rewarding part of life; the first day of school, my first date, my first trip here and there. One of the most exciting was a trip to Europe I took in 1981. It really was a choice in stu... more

  • Kimmy, my good friend by Paul Cuenco 12/16/2011 11:15:38 PM
    Kimmy, my good friend Kimmy is back. She is staying in the city for about two days. She’ll be leaving this coming Sunday. It was fun having her back and talking about the good times we had and the trying times she had away from us. She re... more

  • The Sad State of my Affairs by Paul Cuenco 12/15/2011 10:52:43 PM
    I was happy when I was in my twenties. Of course, I would always suspect that life was miserable but compared to the overall picture, my twenties brought about hopes and promises for a future that seem bright. Telescoping into the future from my tw... more

  • Once There was a Mansion by Paul Cuenco 12/14/2011 10:31:24 PM
    On my way to Salem, there was a certain melancholy harping in my heart. The weather had turned nasty and dim; clouds hover just above the highway. It was supposed to rain but that will be later in the day. And as I pass the trees that line the hig... more

  • Lauren's Happy Uncle's Day by Paul Cuenco 12/13/2011 10:15:22 PM
    Lauren’s Happy Uncle’s Day As I sat myself in my office at home, amidst the pile of hullabaloos was a card from my sweet niece, Lauren. I did not know for what occasion it was for. It was neither my birthday for it was several months hence... more

  • Santa Claus by Paul Cuenco 12/12/2011 2:16:20 PM
    Santa Claus. He evokes a man who brings the Christmas spirit to all of us. To each and everyone, they hold a different meaning. But to a child, he brings forth toys and goodies that no one would bring except perhaps, parents. So, I ask Russ ... more

  • Mike, the Francophile by Paul Cuenco 12/11/2011 3:08:09 PM
    Mike, a true Francophile, is currently talking about Paris, AGAIN! There are people who like France, but he loves France. He always tells me that within eight years (seven years, this coming January of 2012) he’ll request his company to transf... more

  • The car that never died, I hope by Paul Cuenco 12/10/2011 8:29:10 PM
    It was another season, another chapter in my life. I broke up with my girlfriend and I pack my belongings up, shoved it into my car, say goodbye to my mother so I could take a trip right across America; to find myself, to write about my e... more

  • My Christmas Lights by Paul Cuenco 12/9/2011 10:45:54 AM
    It was a few days ago, when I went home absolutely exhausted from the day. I have worked over 10 and ½ hours that day without much reward. Although the line of customers was long, the line was very hectic that very few customers actually stopp... more

  • Small Memories by Paul Cuenco 12/7/2011 11:10:41 PM
    I don’t recall it anymore, but what I could remember when I was a boy of eight or nine, my Tita Dimple always recollected days when I was far younger. And it was not that she told me what age I was, but rather what I said. Tsa-mo-milk (Some mo... more

  • Owning a Business, Bar by Paul Cuenco 12/6/2011 11:13:12 PM
    Janice, ahhrg! Janice is a lady who gets hyper when a good conversation gets going. She is outgoing and she speaks her mind of. One night, when I was concentrating on my computer, I overheard what Janice, Dave and Mike were talkin... more

  • What A Wonderful Day by Paul Cuenco 12/5/2011 2:13:59 PM
    What A Wonderful Day When I first arrived here in Portland, I heard one say that it is wonderful during the summer. And I wondered why. Now that I have been living here full-time for four years (going on my fifth), it is in... more

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