Monte Sahlin, a Seasoned Voice on dealing with the Haiti Tragedy

We are at the two week mark of the devastating earthquake that leveled Haiti.  The videos and images keep resonating in out hearts. The stories of miracle rescues are quickly blighted by the dust, stench, and growing human despair. . We on lookers to this terrible catastrophe have remote after shocks going off in ourselves.  […]
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The Questions of the Haiti Tragedy

The category 7 tragedy of Haiti has delivered continued after shocks as we witness the spiraling, wrenching human pain. I have  mentally stepped aside from the gruesome, helpless scenes to  think about the last few days. . Listening to my Haitian colleagues through tear-stained   sharing have given me an up close tearing at the […]
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What My Daughter did for Christmas

One of the sentiments we all seem to cherish in our hearts is being home for Christmas. It is a time where the  home hearth, being close to family and friends  takes on added, eager meaning. We share our love by sharing gifts and cherished greetings. . Well, some folks are practicing an alternative tradition […]
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On the 12th. day of Christmas a Jamaican gives to you – Determination

As we take down the Christmas  tree, and put away the decorations, look what we found under the tree, unwrapped, waiting to bless you.   It is the gift of determination. This wonderful gift is given by a a teenager. . Her name is Kayla Moffett. She is just 13 but possess a deep determination […]
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In This New Decade – Repair, Rebuild, Restore

The term I use to describe the last decade is one of  shock & awe as our sensibilities on so many fronts were shaken at their foundations.  I can personally testify to this experience as in one year of the last decade, I experienced shock & awe in marriage, health and employment .  Around our […]
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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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