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“WHOSE children are they?” “Didn’t their parents teach them good manners?” “What are their parents doing?” All these, and more questions when children make terrible mistakes and show undesirable behavior. We can’t blame people for asking such questions.

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MRS. Rosalia Baylon, how to use the dictionary; Mr. Alberto Custodio, using several textbooks in preparing for a quiz bee; Mrs. Belhanda Beltran-Cerrero, using both sides of pad paper; Miss Amor Kagahastian, campus journalism and subjecting your own article to self-editing/polishing; and Mrs. Julieta Sosa-Alamo, how to believe in yourself and in what you can do. What varied things we learn from our teachers, and sometimes when we look back, we don’t remember any lesson at all – just the way they treated us.

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Dealing with rejection

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OF course, rejection hurts, and a series of rejections hurts even more – rejection of a job or loan application, business or wedding proposal, a solution to a problem, or even a simple invitation! Can you identify? There is always pain whenever somebody experiences rejection, but it does not mean a death sentence!

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IF suicide is preventable, why has it become “a major public health crisis in the US and worldwide”? According to the American Psychological Association, it is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. In the Philippines, reports on suicide cases among teenagers and adults are increasing.

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Learn from trees

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OUR santol tree had to be cut, and the roots “scooped”. The trunk was not that thick, so I was surprised when I saw the roots – extended beneath the soil, so thick, intricately woven, and sturdy.

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Respect for others

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IT was a Sunday mass, the first that I attended in a foreign country many years ago. The church-goers’ clothes were so varied that somehow you would realize how culturally diverse New Zealand was (it still is). What I noticed during the communion so amazed me that I wish I had a picture of it.

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