My whole name is Manuel Enrique F. Mapa. As a nickname my late mom called me Dean, because she was a fan of the Hollywood actor, James Dean. Some of my relatives still call me that, but Dean morphed into Dino and some relatives call me Dinot.

I am a widower. My wife, Alma, passed away in 2010. I only have one child, a daughter, who’s married and has two kids. She and her family live in a separate home’ not too far from where I am. I live alone with a cat who believes I’m her pet.

I’m a retired pastor now concentrating on what I have loved doing since I was a teen: writing. So in this blog are personal thoughts, prose, poems and haikus. You’re welcome to comment on them, but please be constructive. We can learn new things from each other.

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