A few days ago I found a copy of Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street among a pile of books at National Bookstore's discount section.

It was a gem at P50.

Cisneros, of Mexican descent, is an essayist. Her book consists of snippets from her childhood -- memories of people, neighbors, anecdotes.

That reminded me that one does not have to write long all the time.

And so I follow her example and resolve, beginning this year, and despite the sheer number of hats I have to wear, to write something about anything as often as I feel the need to. Snippets are good. Snippets are better than getting inspired but losing that inspiration eventually because I feel I am too busy to act on it.

Well this year, I will act. And I begin today.