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ingredientsAny person who is in command of a project, whether they be a chef, a project manager or a mom, will tell you that you need the right ingredients to have a favorable outcome and for the process to move along smoothly. Any project can be completed, but to have it executed with little to no mishaps or better than expected is where actual skill and knowledge are needed.

On Thursday, I cooked stewed beef, which I had cooked several times before. I added curry and coconut power, and it made a huge difference in the dish. It was my best stewed beef yet. My older sister had added those ingredients to some stewed pork she had cooked when she visited me a few months ago, and as little sisters do, I copied her.

My beef tasted good the way I use to cook it, but including my sisters ingredients enhanced the flavor of the beef significantly. The moral of my story is this:  most of us can do things on our own; however, the more knowledgeable you are, the better your projects will turn out. Connecting with the right people and freeing your mind to unfamiliar concepts can make a world of a difference in anything that you do. Never be afraid to learn something new.


New BookThis week we have two consecutive holidays in Trinidad and Tobago, today is Corpus Christi and tomorrow is Labour Day. Luckily, I do not work on weekends, so I’ll be home for four straight days. Among the projects I hope to begin/complete, I will start writing the second book to my Selima and the Merfolk series, which I have tentatively named Corallian. I won’t write every day, but I certainly intend to pen a few pages.

SATM is in production at this time, I see no reason to delay writing the sequel since I would like to have it completed or at least in the editing stage by Christmas. My ideas are fresh in my mind, and my fingers are ready to type, and quite frankly I need a distraction.

So, just as with SATM I invite you to join me in book II of my writing journey.


A few schools from my country, Trinidad and Tobago, were invited to Scotland. My sister, Alicia, is a teacher at Blanchisseuse Government Primary School. She and our cousin Shaquan ( the boy in the yellow costume, Gold Like The Sun) were chosen for the trip along with about forty other teachers and students. They came back home today. I can’t wait to see both of them to get all the details. Of course, my sister and I were in constant contact, so I already know they had a great time, and they were well treated in Scotland. Now I need to hear her voice because we were only able to communicate via WhatsApp and Facebook.

My sister is a very dedicated teacher; it was wonderful that she and some of her students had that experience to bond them further. Her students love her, and she and Shaquan are very close. I could only imagine they would be even more like bread and cheese. Later this year when she is hard on him while he is preparing for his SEA exams, he’ll remember all the fun they had and he won’t be mad when she gives him loads of homework.

I am so proud that our children represent our country well.
The costumes you see are traditional costumes that our masqueraders have paraded since the 18th century.

Click on the link to enjoy a video of one of their performances.
They are accompanied by music from our national instrument, the Steelpan. Song – Big People Party by Farmer Nappy.

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Thank you Scotland, for being such wonderful hosts to our teachers and students.
I hope we can return the hospitality soon.

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