STOPPING TO GIVE THANKS Thanksgiving Day is not one that is observed on the island of my birth – Jamaica. Throughout my youth, I was mostly unaware of the day that North Americans stopped to give thanks. Today is that day here in Canada and our American friends will be sending up their thanks in November. Why such close neighbours and cousins chose to observe Thanksgiving almost a month apart I honestly do not know. However, if you really are curious, Google is sure to have an answer. I am
Every Day Provides A Chance Tomorrow my American friends will celebrate Thanksgiving Day and, as with the Canadian celebrations, we ask, “What are you thankful for?” This is a customary Thanksgiving question. This year it might just take on extra special meaning. So, I went back 10 years to a piece that I wrote to share some thoughts about how to be thankful in all things. Caught up as we are in the various dramas of life whether political or personal, thankfulness is often the last thought on our minds.
They Are Countless Those who have Liked my Facebook page would have read in one of my several daily posts that I no longer name myself as a Christian. That, however, does not disallow being grateful for some of the most healing, soul-fulfilling hymns and songs. Of particular value to me has been gospel. Hezekiah Walker, a well-known gospel singer and church leader, several songs that have accompanied me across some turbulent crossings. On the other side of those tides, this song is was always on my lips: I am
An Abundance Of Things “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Theresa My tiny District of Gibraltar, St. Ann is barely a dot on the map of Jamaica. Yet it was here, in the deep rural parts, that my five siblings and I spent our formative years. These years paved our way to the highways and byways of opportunity and prepared us all for the sometimes uncharted terrains. We were pioneers in many ways, as our older cousins, who represented success to
Why We Give Thanks In a few days, our American friends will be observing Thanksgiving Day. We here in Canada had our turkey and stuffing back in October. Why such close neighbours and cousins chose to observe Thanksgiving almost a month apart I honestly do not know but if you really are curious, Google is sure to have an answer. I am neither a native of the United States or Canada. My migration to North America was years in the making but finally happened in 2002 when my family and
Poor People Food There was a time in my life when I lived to eat. Food was never in short supply in my childhood home no matter what else was absent or the flow was stymied – unconditional love and money come to mind. For all her faults, one thing my departed birth mother made sure was in ample supply was food. It might have been humble but there was never one night that I went to bed hungry. “Poor people food,” was her label for whatever she served. My