Give me my flowers
Give me my flowers while I'm alive
because I cant appreciate it when I die,
For I can't see the beauty of the petals
or smell the sweet scents
while my soul is at rest.
If I don't know who they came from
How can I show my thanks now?
Give me my flowers today
so I can plant them in the gardens of my heart
having beautiful memories until this earth; I depart.
I will see them bloom everyday,
having them color my gloomy days,
even share them with the world,
putting smiles on faces of little boys and girls.
and now the unknown author's poem:
If with pleasure you are viewing
Any work a man is doing,
If you like him or you love him,
Tell him now
Don't withhold your approbation
Till the preacher makes oration
And he lies with snowy lilies on his brow.
For no matter how you shout it
He won't really care about it,
He won't know how many teardrops
You have shed.
If you think some praise is due him
Now's the time to slip it to him,
For he cannot read his tombstone
When he's dead.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
More than 600 climate change leaders from across the country and around the world convened in Los Angeles today for the opening sessions of the Global Climate Summit, a 2-day event arranged by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to break gridlock on the issue ahead of next month's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland.
In a short video addressed to the Summit's attendees, President-elect Obama emphasized his enthusiasm for the Poznan Conference and promised that his administration would mark a "new chapter in American leadership on climate change."
Monday, November 24, 2008
Pray don’t find fault with the man who limps
Or stumbles along the road,
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
Though hidden away from view,
And the burden he bears, placed on your back,
May cause you to stumble too.
Don’t sneer at the man who is down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall, or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, if dealt to you
At the self-same time in the self-same way,
May cause you to stagger too.
Don’t be too harsh with the man who sins
Or pelt him with words or stones
Unless you are sure, yea, doubly sure,
That you have no sins of your own.
For who knows, perhaps, if the tempter’s voice
Would whisper softly to you
As it did to him when he went astray
Would cause you to falter too.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Currently though I am reading one of those self-help, self development books. While reading it i always remember this line by Billy Bob Thorton in this movie School for Scroundrels "How many of you have self-help books? Okay, that's your first problem. You can't help yourself, because your *self* sucks!", lol. (Don't worry that is not my quote for the week though)
I still find myself reading one by John C. Maxwell, America's expert on leadership, although im sure that is just a promotional tool. That is besides the point though, today's quote is taken from his book: The 17 Essential Qualities Of A Team Player.
In the book by Maxwell he quotes Cavett Roberts on page 15 in a text box as saying that "True Progress in any field is a relay race and not a single event." I think it clearly means that in everything you do thta you can't really do it alone, being human is about being dependent on someone for some help, assistance, cooperation, collaboration. That is why we are social beings, that is why we live in communities instead of being cooped up in the hills all alone, although some people do that but that is the exception and not the rule.
I also take it to mean that in everything you do, you shouldnt see yourself as the focus point but instead you should see the bigger picture, being the team. Striving to be a team player and improving the team should be one's objective and in so doing we also develop ourselves in the process. There's more that can be said about this quote but i've got work to do, so until next time...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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We were informed that the airline was going to provide us with dinner and put us up in Golden Sands hotel until 3:00 a.m. But why 3:00 a.m., turns out that is when the next flight to Guyana is so we were whisked off to the hotel and before i could get any rest i was back at the airport in a long line waiting to get to Guyana. At least this time the flight departed and right now i can say i'm in Guyana (see view from hotel room).
Monday, November 17, 2008
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Saturday, November 15, 2008
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Can I have a talk with you
or even walk with you?
Got thoughts that I need to share,
and it's the perfect time with you right here.
No friends, definitely no cell phones
so our minds, collectively, are free to roam.
Can I seat next to you?
for the next hour or two,
don't be shy, act naturally
look me in the eyes; take me seriously.
When i see you i transform into this nervous but happy little boy
who has just unwrapped his birthday gift to find his favourite toy.
Can I look at you? i mean really look at you
into your mind, body and soul
don't get me wrong,
my feelings aren't infatuation.
I'm just love sprung
I can't say I fully know what love means,
but you possess the power to fulfill my love dreams.
So now can I hold your hand?
Oh woman, can i be your man?
for I'm thru with petty games
when I'm done we'll both have love names.
You can call me boo and I'll call you baby
or better yet, I'll call you my lady.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I recommend this book to any person who has an interest in creole culture, music or needs a book that speaks of perseverance despite great odds. It is written in both english and french (i am awaiting the creole version) and shows the progression from cadence, compas to zouk. The book not only speaks of Exile One but mentions groups such as Tambo Combo, Kassav, Grammacks, Les Vikings and individuals such as Ophelia, Franky Vincent.
What really touched me about this book is the way it was written, the language was easy to follow and it felt like i was having the experience along with Gordon and friends. I also like the fact that it was also written in french (my favourite language).
Thanks again to Gordon Henderson, the Exile One Band and all those who lived thru those times to make this story available to people like me who cant seem to put down a good book. I read that book in a few hours, surprised myself because i met the book on my friends bookshelf covered in cobwebs, treasures are usually found in weird places. I consider this book a literary and historic treasure for Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean creole community.
Good Work Creole Classics (publisher of the book)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Like I could be satisfied
with being a mere friend; when
to firmly hold your hand
along long walks, having insightful talks; because
your love to complete my soul
I'm the clay, you're the potter; so mold
be there for you through thick and thin
for with you at my side, I'll always win
planting seeds hoping to see them grow
sowing friendship today to harvest your love tomorrow
and if you
can see past my wrong and flaws
together we can break down chained doors.
can value this diamond in it's natural, blemished state
then me and you together, forever; that's fate.
can see the sunshine through the rain; then you will
realize that i will love you past your pain
Monday, November 10, 2008
What’s next, locusts?Well, things haven’t gotten that bad, and in fact, with new hotels continuing to open, high-end resorts raising the bar on amenities, family-oriented getaways expanding their offerings and talented chefs starting restaurants that are transforming the region’s culinary scene, there are plenty of reasons for vacationers to seek some solace in the sand and surf of the Caribbean this winter.
Thirty-nine of them, in fact.
Friday, November 7, 2008
This is my favourite piece from the collection she gave me.
Not In Love
I'm suppose to be happy but I feel so down and out,
I think I'm in love but don't know what it is about.
I tell you that I love you when i know it is a lie,
I pretend that I'm happy when I really want to cry.
You're in love with me but do not have a clue,
I'm just pretending I'm not in love with you.
I'm not proud of what I've done or what I am to gain,
My feelings for you are so different it's something I can't explain.
How could I be so selfish to play someone like you,
You're everything a girl could want but I'm not in love with you.
How could you love me and think that I'm the one,
When you have no idea what I'm doing wrong.
To keep me happy there is no limit to what you'll do
So how could I tell you I'm not in love with you.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I explained to him that although Jesus may be one of the most popular people to ever walk the Earth at the time he walked the Earth he was frowned upon by alot of people and at that particular time Christianity wasn't very widespread and a few people outside of Israel (Africa), the Promised Land, knew of Christ.
Then he said Mohamed, i said NO as well for the same reason that the Muslim faith was limited to certain African and middle east countries.
To my surprise his third answer was Michael Jackson, i could only laugh to that answer though, but he had some clout at his most popular time. But the popularity of Michael isnt what it used to be. To add to the list of close but no cigar personalities, we have:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
All great men, some more popular posthumously though. None as popular as Barack Obama is right now. We could also say that maybe none more under threat of assassination than him also although Dr. King Jr. was assassinated.
To just understand the numbers; over 50 million Americans voted for him. We can estimate a fair number of Americans who didnt or couldnt vote also wanted him to be President. The entire population of Kenya (millions) and most of the African continent, the Caribbean archipelago, Europe, the Far East (especially in Obama, Japan) and off course the Middle East and Asian continent was hoping he would win, could anyone be as popular a leader as Obama. He popularity also comes from the fact that he could also be a hated individual by white supremacists, radicals, racists, etc.
I dont think a President-elect of the United States has ever been as celebrated as him. Persons hail him as a savoir but one thing is clear he is part of history. Persons will forever remember his name. Kenyans have already started naming their children after him and his wife, Michelle. I'm sure there are lots more where that came from too.
How important a person he is right now we know and we are now awaiting to see how successful he will be. One thing is for sure, if he fails then Black people all over the World will take a step back but right now, the future is so bright, impossible is finally possible for Black people.
Thanks again Obama.
Kipling was one of the most popular writers in English, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author Henry James said of him: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English language writer to receive the prize, and he remains its youngest-ever recipient. Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined.
If you can keep your head when all about you
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Example number 1: the not guilty verdict for OJ Simpson in the muder trial for his wife and her "friend." I can remember that moment like yesterday walking down King George V Street in Roseau next to Julian's Jewelry Store. All of a sudden, boom, there was an uproar and everyone ran to the streets, OJ was not guilty and we could have cared less about the facts in the case or anything else for that matter but a black man had beaten the court system in America and that was enough for me and the rest of the Black world.
Then there is 9-11, another moment that i can never forget. I remember it like yesterday too. I had returned to Dominica after a few years at a college in Guadeloupe and i was yet to find a job so i spent most of my mornings in bed until the hours of 11a.m. But that morning was different, i felt restless and was twisting and turning, feeling hot between the sheets. I guess it was the weather then i got a call asking me to turn on the news. Then it really hit me, I saw the first plane descending into the twin towers and at first i thought what is this really raw movie being shown on CNN and then i switched channels and there is was on NBC, ABC and FOX and the lives of Americans, Iraqis, Afghanis and the rest of the World citizens will never be the same.
Now yesterday was a similar event, i was coming from the Dominica Reunion/30th Independence celebrations and i must say it was really good. The independence climaxed with a nice "sewo" of little violence and to me that made it exceptional given the activities of the past years. I hurried home to watch CNN, not a big news fan too, but still the US Elections had everyone glued to the televisions. I am not sure if there was a more watched event around the world, only the olympics can even come close. I am so proud that the US found it within their hearts to vote for the better candidate, well at least to me and millions in the US and around the World. Up until today, i havent used my blog to discuss politics but hearts off to Mr. Barack Obama, President-elect of the United States of America.
I must also say hearts off to McCain too for his speech last night, showed he did indeed have some class to concede so gracefully too.
A new day is dawning? well we dont really know, we have to wait and see but its a good first few minutes in that day...