I went looking for purpose… but did I find it ? (part 1)

So, here we go. I’m attempting it. A three part blog post on looking for purpose. Here’s the topic for part 1: “suffering is a universal, human condition. Its forms and depth vary.” I will now explain what I mean. It’s 2014, and I’m living and working in the Caribbean. It’s November, and it’s hot.Continue reading “I went looking for purpose… but did I find it ? (part 1)”

The 4 biggest differences when working with the French (and Francophones)

French is the official language in nearly 30 countries around the world. France was busy colonizing many parts of the New World and Africa…the remaining effects of which are the spreading of France’s language, culture and mentality to many nations around the world. It is my pleasure and honour to have discovered several Francophone (meaningContinue reading “The 4 biggest differences when working with the French (and Francophones)”

The books we read matter: my 2015 literary highlights

Dear fellow book lover, I’m one of those people who is usually reading a half-dozen books at the same time, jumping from chapter to chapter, readings parts, coming back to titles later than planned or never at all.  You’ve likely met a few of my breed before 🙂 So, while 2015 has been a transformativeContinue reading “The books we read matter: my 2015 literary highlights”

Just let go of the bar – Kite-surfing’s big life lesson

Rule #1 when you’re learning kite surfing: when it gets challenging, too strong or scary, just let go of the bar.  The bar is how you steer and control the kite flying above you, this fabric and lines that captures the incredible power of the wind and propels you forward with it. It takes practiceContinue reading “Just let go of the bar – Kite-surfing’s big life lesson”

Every house its own kingdom, every man for himself

An island nation of islands. Identifying problems in Haiti is a national pastime. Numerous are the meetings and conversations which begin or end with the phrase “You see, the problem in Haiti is _________.” Fill in the blank. It’s the government, it’s corruption. It’s the mentality of the people, it’s the lack of competent humanContinue reading “Every house its own kingdom, every man for himself”

Typhoid is typical and everyone is an electrician

As I write this I’m laying on my bed and flailing my legs above me as I let the fan bring some air to my body and liberated nether regions. I take in this very full, and very social day in Haiti. My feet are heavy with the heat and humidity.  It’s summer in theContinue reading “Typhoid is typical and everyone is an electrician”

24 photos for the 24th of March, 2015

I decided to document my day in photos, with a bit of commentary. Just an ordinary-miracle kind of day, here in Fort-Liberté, Haïti. Beautiful sun, shared laughs and plenty of sweetness 😉   Wake up to blue skies and my room, as seen through the mosquito netting. My first thought is to see my plants.Continue reading “24 photos for the 24th of March, 2015”

List do białego na Haiti: 5 różnych sposobów na bycie nazwanym ‘blanc’

Drogi obcokrajowcu w Haiti, ‘Blanc’ może mieć kilka znaczeń. Nie istotne czy mówisz po francusku, kreolsku, bądź w żadnym z wymienionych. Będzie to pierwsze i najważniejsze słowo, definiujące Twój status na wyspie Haiti. Oznacza ono nie tylko biały kolor, ale również białą skórę. Może oznaczać obcokrajowca; może odnosić się do kogokolwiek kto jest innej rasyContinue reading “List do białego na Haiti: 5 różnych sposobów na bycie nazwanym ‘blanc’”