Learning lessons can be a curious business. People learn lessons in life in a variety of ways and today’s story is a fabulous tale how a little girl learned a valuable lesson…a lesson that we should all take to heart and thank those special people that we know and love.
Sometimes, even the simplest things in life can teach us lessons that will serve as reminders to us about the goodness of life…such as a simple bowl of noodles.
One night, a little girl had a terrible quarrel with her mother, then stormed out of the house. While she was out roaming the town, she suddenly realized that she did not have any money in her pocket, she didn’t even have enough coins to make a phone call home.
After walking around for what seemed like hours, her stomach began to growl and she began…
…. and the bills keep piling on!! … ‘No matter what the final figure for this trip is on either side of the Atlantic, the taxpayers of both the United States and the United Kingdom have been royally ripped off. What did we gain from this trip? Nothing. ‘
Last week, Trump traveled to the United Kingdom for a state visit. I’ve already written about his bizarre, juvenile behaviour and will leave that topic alone for now, but my jaw dropped yesterday morning when, after assessing our family finances and deciding I better wait until next week to order my insulin, I read what Trump’s little jaunt cost We, the Taxpayers.
First, consider who went. Donald and the sour-faced spouse, Melania – the only two who were actually invited. Then there was Don, the hunter, Junior; the useless duo of Ivanka & Jared; Eric and his potty-mouth wife, Lara; and the usually-unseen Tiffany … I guess she couldn’t pass up a trip to London on our dime. So … eight principal characters, all of whom, of course, require round-the-clock Secret Service protection. Then there were about a dozen of his ‘advisors’, though since he never listens to them and…
June 8 …. ‘World Oceans Day was celebrated on Monday 8 June 2015. For the Caribbean Region, the ocean represents the life blood for critical economic sectors including agriculture, tourism, fisheries, and transportation’
Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.
World Oceans Day was celebrated on Monday 8 June 2015. For the Caribbean Region, the ocean represents the life blood for critical economic sectors including agriculture, tourism, fisheries, and transportation. Seized on the importance of the ocean to the Region, the Caribbean Community Secretariat sought the opinion of an expert in this field on several critical issues. The following is the excerpt of an interview with Mr. Christopher Corbin, Programme Officer, Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP), Officer in Charge Communication, Education, Training and Awareness (CETA), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (Caribbean Environment Programme – CEP), Secretariat to the Cartagena Convention.
CARICOM Secretariat: Could you comment on the significance of the celebration of World Oceans Day for the Caribbean Region?
“La Borinqueña’s origin story links the character to a Taíno specific history of not only resistance, but also resilience; those who stood up against the Spaniards, like Cacique Mabodamaca. They didn’t just let the colonizers take over. La Borinqueña’s story is a continuation of that narrative.
Graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, looking to change this status quo, decided to reach back to his own Taíno heritage from Puerto Rico in order to create a new kind of hero for his people and beyond: one whose powers and values come from a decidedly Indigenous foundation.
At least 70 percent of Puerto Ricans today are, in part, of Taíno descent, long affirmed by community systems and family lore across their island.’
‘The U.S. government-installed public education system, however, sought from its beginnings to counter that understanding. Indoctrinating a century’s worth of its territorial subjects in a stance that, contrary to their own oral histories, the Taíno people had actually been wiped out centuries ago, this curriculum asserted that Puerto Ricans therefore had no rightful Indigenous, historic claim over their colonized lands.
Those who resisted, remaining steadfast in a Taíno-centered identity despite enduring marginalization for doing so, have been officially vindicated by recent advances in DNA testing that can not only confirm Amerindian ancestry, but actually pinpoint Taíno-specific gene markers distinct from other Native populations across the Americas.
It is from this long suppressed history that La Borinqueña was born.’
La Borinqueña is a Puerto Rican superhero who is Indigenous to Borikén – the original Taíno name for Puerto Rico, meaning “land of the noble people.” This comic is rooted in that history, of the Taínos. Like most Puerto Ricans today, she has both Indigenous and African ancestors; being what some would call an “Afro-Taína.” I also wanted a character that was unapologetically patriotic, and “La Borinqueña” is the name of Puerto Rico’s first national anthem, written by Lola Rodriguez de Tió.
‘Whatever you want to call your god—should say Yes over and over, in cycles, in spirals, with no other reason but to hear itself exist. …. ‘
Ocean Vuong, from his new book titled: “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel” (Penguin Press, June 4, 2019)