Morning view through the curtained window
  • Morning view through the curtained window
  • mango and bean trees, my nearest neighbors
  • signs of persistent ordinary life in the neighbor's backyard

Dear Delphine, Where I live now, trees are my nearest neighbors. From my one-room sanctuary on the second floor of a squat building near the river, I wake up always to an exuberance of leaves.

I can literally shake hands with Mangga, the mango tree, and Showers, the bean tree presently bearing hundreds of yellow sprigs. And where there are trees, there are birds, butterflies, dragonflies, moths, ladybugs, lizards, spiders, ants and mosquitoes. Farther, I look out to a neighbor's backyard: a vegetable garden, weeds, moringa stands, clotheslines, a pigpen -- signs of on-going, persistent ordinary lives -- that remind me poignantly of a home and family I have irretrievably lost.

Two months ago, as I marked my eighth month of recovery from severe anxiety disorder, on my Facebook status update, I had written: "I revel in this luxury available only to a troglodyte: having time to reflect on the world of mostly bad news streaming in via the radio. My thoughts achieve a chelonian pace, as I bask in my habitat’s particular joys: the scents of freshly baked breads; yes, most of the time, courtesy of the bakery below my room, and the copious light: large glass windows allowing sunlight in so that the skin, now in the mottled tones of maturing cashew rind, never hungers for warmth."

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Hi, Lib

One of my favorite songs is "i talk to the trees" by joe marie chan. We need to talk to nature to meditate. You have a great neighborhood.

Best, Lia


Talaga, Lia! Thanks for appreciating my neighbors! Next time you come around Cagayan de Oro City, drop by! How about you, Lia? How does yur neighborhood look like? I posted these photos because Delphine asked me what I see from my window every day? Can you also share your views from your window?

Blessings, libudsuroy

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Hi Lia,

Would love to see your neighborhood and your natural heaven! I used to live in New York State in Pound Ridge, Wechester county and loved the forest there, the rivers, the hills! Can't wait to see your surroundings! Cheers,

Delphine Criscenzo

Thanks Lib for the pictures! I love your view, I love getting an inside into your life and neighborhood! What pleases me so much is the amazing response you have given to my request. I also love that you are encouraging others to share as well. This is gonna be great!

Delphine Criscenzo

Dear libudsuroy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. I can see the images of lush green trees and feel the fresh breeze in your window. I too have green neighbours, mainly mangoes and a small garden of flowers at my home. Its indeed heavenly to touch, feel and smell nature everyday. Thanks for introducing your valuable neighbours.

HI, Sangita! How about some photos of your neighborhood also? Can you share with us some photos of your flower garden? And the mango trees? Are the trees blooming or fruiting now?

Blessings, libudsuroy

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

I would love to share them but i am not staying in my home at present. Im working in a different district far from my home town. I hope to share it someday though. As its too hot and humid in my home town Nepalgunj, (Mid Western Plain of Nepal) particularly during May to August, flowers are often rare because of the scorching heat.Yes, the mango trees have borne tiny fruits already, and hopefully litchi trees too.

I live in the Eastern foothills now and here the tiny mangoes and litchis are already seen hanging by the tender bows. The climate here is hot (but not as much as in my hometown) and its particularly very good for plants and flowers, so i observe bright flowers in each house i pass by. They look beautiful.