On the 11th. day of Christmas a Jamaican gives to you – Perservance

It can be so easy to quit.  Life seems hard, bills are pressing in, you have family issues, the job or business isn’t going the way you want it.  You just want to curl up into a ball and hope the world passes you by. . I’ll be first to admit it.  I’ve been in […]
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On the 10th. day of Christmas a Jamaican gives to you – Integrity!

It’s been a tough year for many of us and although the economy has shrunk and many businesses have closed their doors, my small business Strokes & Slants on the other hand has increased tenfold. Because   fraud has increased tremendously.  The biggest scam artist of all  being  Bernie Madoff. . While most of  my […]
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On the 9th. day of Christmas a Jamaican gives to you Heart-warming for Your Soul

The  grip of old man winter has begun to tighten his icy noose around the souls of those who are tropic-centric. The symptoms are rapidly blanketing the Northern hemisphere. During the blizzard on the US East coast the week before Christmas, I received requests to showcase  the gift of warmth. I received explicit hints such […]
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On the 8th. day of Christmas, a Jamaican gives to you – Freedom of Literacy

During a very cold wintry night, I dared to take a journey to the mall to look for a special gift for my grand daughter.  From birth, I have exposed her to books, not taking for granted that she may be an avid reader in the near future.   While out in the cold, I reflected […]
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On the 7th. day of Christmas, a Jamaican gives to you – the heart of Listening

“History repeats itself because no one listened the first time.”  I read this quotation and wondered if  there’s a part of Jamaica’s history that keeps repeating itself. . Jamaica has branded itself as a country of athletic and cultural excellence, however, there is a vexing side of our culture that seems to have a choke hold […]
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On the 5th. day of Christmas a team of Jamaicans gave me Guidance

Just imagine if the inheritors of the Biblical Wise men were going to travel to Jamaica instead of Bethlehem. They too will look to the heavens for guidance, but this guidance would be delivered in  a new way.  They would take advantage of the Caribbean’s first GPS navigation system, dubbed JAMNAV. . These wise men […]
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On the 4th. day of Christmas a Jamaican gave to me – The Gift of Belly Busting Laughter

It has been said that laughter is the best medicine.  But be cautious with that adage as Joan Hutchinson usually will have you in stitches! . However, there is much brawta in her presentations as she also delivers a high sense of cultural heritage and pride like no other. . But let’s not underestimate Joan […]
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On the 3rd. day of Christmas , A Jamaican gave to me the Gift of Whispering Hope

As you bustle through the shopping centers these days, you may just hear the Jackson Five, the Carpenter’s , Nat King Cole, singing this sentimental favorite . “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jackfrost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos … And So , I’m […]
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On the 2nd.Day of Christmas a Jamaican Gave to me the Gift of Well-being

“Human beings yield in many situations, even important and spiritual and central ones, as long as it prolongs one’s well-being.” shared the late Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Well, we are blessed within our Jamaican community to have a young physician who is dedicated to the well-being of the Island through his dedication to using his extraordinary gifts […]
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