Last year about now…

It is December and it is almost impossible to think that 2018 is nearly over.  The fact is that one year ago today we were just beginning to muster strength to pick up ourselves as a nation.  As an individual, I was constantly seeking ways to find stability.  We had very little evening entertainment, so we created ours.  We played cards, and other board games, and because the night was generally quiet, we could hear almost every drop of the dominoes and their shuffling on the not-too-far neighbors above us.

Our social lives like our geographical construct was rocked to a point of internal conflict.  Despite the troubles we learned to cope, we sat in the dark, we sang happy songs, laughed at trivial things, told old stories, and sometimes just star-gazed.  The little things we relished were the largest of life.  They mattered the most because they kept us sane.

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Called To Be Resilient

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Our Portsmouth

A word, an expression, a term I shunned, disliked and totally got a bit fed up of simply because it is being swung to and fro by our populace with good intentions in some circles, and with malicious intentions in others.

Still, I thought, if I seek to view this terminology in a different light, with new eyes, maybe it will make the necessary sense to me.  Undoubtedly there are many who share this sentiment of skepticism toward the concept, be them what they may – the reasons.

Resilient means “able to stand or recover quickly from difficult conditions ” – English Oxford Dictionary.    Despite how one may feel, the fact stands that we must be able to apply such actions in order to survive the rigging of life itself, first as individuals, and then as a nation.

As if to test our resilience and or ability to prove the purpose for this movement toward becoming the number one resilient, or is it the first Climate Resilient Nation, Dominica today suffers yet another onslaught of nature’s savagery.  Continue reading

Urgent Need – Collaboration!

Within a short two weeks, we have had three dreadful murders within our small island.  This is not news to shout about, neither is it something we want to publicize.  The public debate continues, and so does the blame game.  What baffles me is how some of the political parties are busy seeking to prove their points about who is the cause of these occurrences.  p1070003

Are we serious about seeking solutions to this obvious urgent crisis pinching at our social fabric?  The effect of blame is that, we divert from the true issue with the hope of convincing ourselves that we have little or no responsibility to what ever the problem might be.

This current behavior is a clear demonstration of the fact that this little Dominica needs unity.  We are so very divided, and especially politically.  I mean, every single event is interpreted via political eyes, to the extent that the effort to seek empirical evidence for our social demise is seemingly ignored by all and sundry.  While many are aware of the reasons for these dreadful killings, and will not divulge any information to the powers that be, efforts to discover these true and real reasons are being ignored.  It appears to me that some key voices and leaders in Dominica are more interested in seeking to score political points, than to seek solutions to this problem.

While all this debate persists, Dear Dominica, your young men are getting lost in droves, your women are being left to feel helpless, your populace is hungry for vengeance, and your legislature is now busy grappling for a way to curb this madness.  What we are missing, however; is the element of collaboration to conquer this monster.   Continue reading

A Call To Worship

40131308_10155608044865965_8585435399009075200_nMany people who do not subscribe to what I may believe will probably frown on the latest call for us to gather to worship.  I strongly believe we have an obligation to surrender to God daily, not just when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, but on a regular basis.  The point is that, we are in relationship with Jesus, and must remain connected to Him.  After all, He is the Source and Summit of our faith.  So, to profess that we Love Him and not set aside the quality time to honor and worship Him, is to be contrary to our own profession.

The Call to Worship is for All people, especially for all of us who claim to belong to God.  We are called by many people to do many things, often things which have nothing to do with strengthening our connection with God the creator.  There are many voices screaming out our names, seeking to win our attention and responses.  We must know the difference and determine who we would like to follow, who we would like to choose and whom we choose to serve.      Continue reading

To Preserve The Remnant

IMG_20180520_083558_044On the heels of having written about “Saving Our Boys”, today – seven months later, I am still concerned that the gun culture is taking newer heights.  When in the middle of a city our young males can walk up to another and take a life stone-coldly, we are in deep trouble.  The rhetoric about this is many, and the blame-game is tremendous.  From Government, to Opposition, to Police to Parents, and Society and its political biases, everyone one is being blamed by everyone else.  The churches and religions are not left off the hook, and are all being blamed for this monstrous act plaguing the nation.  The churches’ lack of a collective and well constructed voice, and their seeming misguided focus is being lambasted by believers and non-believers alike.   So who or what is really to be blamed?

I do not have the answer, let me hasten to say.  What I do have however, is a few thoughts and observations about the nature of our society lately.

We have really been busy tearing each other up via social media, and live radio talk shows.  We continue to treat others with scorn, neglect the younger generations, and the responsibilities  we have been given to teach them basic values that many of us were introduced to as children.  (Granted, some of them care squat about these values now.  Maybe the tree is already bent out of shape?)

The fact is, our basic etiquette, manners and social responsibilities have been eroded.  We have a serious Hurricane-Maria-Effect happening to our once-upon-a-time culture of courtesy, an effect which sadly has long preceded Hurricane Maria itself.    No one cares to stop to give way for the benefit of another, everyone is busy, everyone is entitled to everything more than the other person, and no one dares to accept wrong when he or she is wrong.  If this is what we teach then it is the modus operandi for those who are so awakened to the lessons being taught.  After all, our children live what they learn. Continue reading

No RUSM – now What?

Post Hurricane Maria woes continue to directly hit every sector of this country, and this most recent redundancy of employees’ situation at the Ross University School of Medicine is a hard one to process.  I don’t work there, neither do I have any person in my household who does, but living in this town (Portsmouth where this institution is located), and knowing so many people (some friends and relatives) who have been employed at Ross for years are enough reasons to be able to empathize with all affected.

On a national level, this phenomenon is definitely going and has already begun to dent the treasury’s purse, and that of so many members of the private sector.  From utility companies, to home-owners, restaurateurs, tour operators, taxi drivers, doctors, nurses and the local ‘hustlers’ selling coconut water along the Ross Boulevard to name a few, are negatively impacted.  The apartment owners with high mortgages requiring regular attention, and bankers who are probably now orchestrating means to collect much needed payments from the now unemployed is equivalent to a horror story unfolding without restraint.

I mean let us face it – no one really saw this madness coming pre-Maria, but it has, and is evolving rapidly.  Who can forget the folks in the food shacks adjacent to the school, those super-market owners and employees, the bus drivers who made regular trips to and from Roseau carrying Ross’ employees and students, the health fairs offered by the med- students, and the litany of positive rituals surrounding daily processes of the institution that many of us took for granted?  The point is, Ross University School of Medicine is a much required venture in Dominica, and should or must be fought for.  I make this statement with the hope that it is not too late for that fight to ensue by all relevant parties with the weight being on the shoulders of the powers that be.  Continue reading

Teacher Maria

Teacher Maria, you spared no student

Unleashed your lessons without restraint

Your test we’d pass, we were confident

Your plans being stronger made us relent

 

Prior to class we were all in high spirits

Flexing our muscles, rehearsing our lines

After all, your colleagues gave us merits

Irma, and Harvey weak teachers in our minds

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What do You Have to lose?

“What do you have to lose?  I tell you already you are looking good so.”  These comments were trashed at me about one week ago during my early morning workout session from a young man who seemingly has nothing to lose.  My response to him was, “this hardly is about losing something; rather, it is about keeping well and healthy.”

The point is, I know we all have to die some way somehow, and this inevitability we have no control over.  But come on, do we need to allow ourselves to just get all flabby, shaky, out of shape and in some way even ugly?  Clearly we will not always acquire the Coke Bottle Shape, nor will all of make it to the national sports team, some of us won’t even lose all the pounds we desire to shed, while others of us may not even survive the workout, we could die from it.  Still, is it worth it living life with no motion, no movement, a lack of self-motivation and discipline?

Looking back on my childhood and adolescence remind me of the many days I walked from Gutter (Cotton Hill) to Long House and back in the hot sun to take my mother’s tickets and to collect her pay cheque.   My mother carried ‘fig’ (bananas) on her head weekly as a job.  For each trip she made from the shed to the badge, she collected a ticket.  This was all a part of the Geest Trade of Bananas from the local Portsmouth Port to England.  She along with many women made their living being part of that industry.  So anyway, I would religiously on a weekly basis do the necessary to collect her money.

Coupled with this, my siblings and I made several trips from our home to the standpipe and back with loaded, and or filled Jerry cans as buckets.  That meant we had to defy two steep hills on the way several times.  Clearly my cardio was in full effect since the aforementioned movements were complemented by cycling.   Later, a fall from my brother’s tall mountain bike Continue reading

Your Youth Matters

Dear Young Friend,  Your Youth Matters!  Yes, it does.

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If you don’t mind, I would like to share a few things with you.  Do you feel as if you just want to let go of this life and run away?  Do you feel as if the world has placed a really heavy burden or weight on your shoulder?  Maybe you feel as if you cannot trust anyone, and that if you risk opening up to someone about the things that trouble your mind, the next thing you will receive is harsh judgement, violation of your trust and a terrible breach of your personal confidence.   Continue reading

Hello 2017 – I see you alright!

 

15747920_10154114637750965_8752608913585676792_nWith approximately five hours left in 2016, one cannot help but start structuring the best way to eye the new year 2017.  Notwithstanding the fact that no one knows what is in store for humanity on this earth during the upcoming year, one cannot help but muster up a spirit of Hope.

 One of the best ways I think a person should anticipate the new year is with a high expectation of positivism.  This will enable life-giving thoughts, and responses during challenging moments. After all, every year brings with it, its own forms of trials and troubles.  A spirit of positivism will constantly rejuvenate the joyful juices which lies within the faithful.   Continue reading

National Youth Policy Review – Panel Discussion

Kind greetings to you and thank you for visiting.  Below are two links to a Panel Discussion moderated by me in which Youth Consultant and Expert – Mr. Henry Charles and Chief Youth Development Officer – John Roach were panelists.

I invite you to listen and or view the discussion and feel free to share your thoughts on the subject matter.

This matter concerns all of us, but especially Dominica’s youthful population which happens to be a significant proportion of our citizenry.

Panel Discussion: National Youth Policy Review – Dominica

Part two of the discussion – #767NYP

What are your thoughts on the establishment and implementation of the National Youth Policy’s Plan of Action?

Thank you for viewing and visiting.  Blessings.

 

World in Crisis – Oh Easy-liver

P1000004.JPGWorld in major crisis!  What has gone wrong?  A lack of peace, with an intense increase in the presence of war is plaguing various corners of this space we call the human home.  Mother earth is bawling from the deepest recesses of her belly complements the wickedness of humanity itself.   Interestingly, everyone who perpetuates, and or promotes the violence believes he or she is acting justly, rightly and is pleasing the self and his or her god.

The confusion is inexplicable to the average easy-liver.  The Easy-liver is someone who just wants to be allowed to live his or her life without fear and threat of being cut down innocently by some extremist.  This type of individual pursues tranquility in the simple things of life, consciously avoids complications, and would like to travel the world, simply to behold the splendor of its creator. Continue reading

TS Erika’s Lessons – I Am Learning!

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In an instant – change!  Lessons in Life

Tropical Storm Erika has certainly struck our nation beyond anything one would have fathomed prior to its arrival over Dominica.  The shocking evidence of its mischief is vivid.  Things will be so for a long time via the various memorabilia which will emerge, and those which have already emerged.   Without decreasing the impact of the monstrosity of this weather system which has battered my homeland, I feel obligated to highlight some lessons that I am learning since Thursday 27th August, 2015. Continue reading