November 13, 2012
My favorite holiday of the year is upon us again. As a child of various cultures I celebrate many holidays but Divali has a special place in my heart. I might only be a Hindu at Heart but as I said in a few posts before this is the only holiday that makes me cry with its beauty.
Here in Trinidad I am normally working producing news but I usually go to the home of a friend after work to see the lights as I drive and eat with close friends. There is something about this holiday that touches me deeply. Childhood memories of lighting deyas at my paternal grandparent’s home – Presbyterian but clearly hedging their bets. The smell of burning coconut oil. The thrill of us kids being allowed to be near fire to replenish the coconut oil to keep the lights burning.
Every year as I drive I see the humblest of homes spend whatever little money they have to welcome goddess Laxshmi in and celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. I guess that is also what I stand for. The triumph of truth over denial.
I cry because I know in every one of those homes I am welcome as would be any stranger because Divali is about that. So every home no matter how humble is a celebration of the human spirit: of faith in a better world. Divali is a universal celebration. Who wouldn’t want light in their life?
Shubh Divali to all my readers.
October 18, 2012
Spirit Day 2012 and the spirit of support expands around the world showing bullied kids and bullied LGBT kids in particular that they have allies everywhere. Wear purple…such an easy way to make a difference and if a kid comes up to you as a result thank your lucky stars that you have been privileged to offer support and safe harbor.
July 16, 2012
In a word – Tobago. The wonderful Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel with friends. Shabby gentility in the best sense of the term.
June 14, 2012
Better late than never. She improves with age.
June 9, 2012
Faculty member David McCullough Jr. delivers his commencement speech at Welleseley High School.
June 7, 2012
Join the campaign at: http://www.ido.org.au
May 31, 2012
I really wouldn’t recommend watching the entire two dreary hours of this rubbish but it shows the level of close-minded imbecility that exists. That some of the panelists hold positions at universities etc is more disturbing than I wish to discuss. The first speaker from Barbados speaks of the unbelievable chutzpah of LGBT people to now demand the same civil rights as everyone else. “Wikipedia is not on our side anyhow” – as he reads from the entry.
As a rule, once you see ‘gay agenda’ you can safely assume you are dealing with misguided religious zealots.
May 30, 2012
One hundred and sixty seven years ago the first indentured laborers from India arrived at the shores of T&T. Since then they have become part of the social and cultural fabric of the country and changed it forever. T&T is a better and brighter place for the contribution of the Indian community. Much happiness and the best of wishes to the descendants of those who crossed the ‘kala pani’ ( black water) in search of a better life for themselves and their children.
April 30, 2012
OK fine. Yes, I am a secret Britney fan. Admittedly a lot less secret now. I love the Casio VL-Tone backbeat going on.