Month: October 2013

St.Lucians Celebrating Jounen Kwéyòl in the National Capital!

On October 26th, 2013, St. Lucia celebrated it’s annual Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day) which is a festival, celebrated across the island since 1984.  In Ottawa,  we were very proud of the St.Lucia Ottawa Association for organizing the festival and ensuring that everything was in place so…

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The tipping point… when you realize you can’t “fix” anyone!

Last night, my daughter took this photograph of  her brother as they played  around with the camera. I look at his prayerful stance and can’t help but love him but also laugh at the so many moments this kid has driven me crazy.  We are…

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If you believed in this one thing, you would likely live every moment fully…

Death.  Do we choose it or does it choose us?  Some say that we CANNOT die before our time but we don’t know when that time will be. My sister Anthia died when she was only 27. We can say that she was too young to…

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Can you live your future in the NOW?

” Do you live your future in the now?”  I asked Mr. Luis on the train while he took a break from attending to the passengers. “No.” he said. “My future? I cannot even think about it.  I have to live in the present now,…

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Don’t be afraid to look at the half-empty cup…there may be important pearls of wisdom…

In our attempt to keep positive, we are always encouraged to look at the cup half-full instead of half-empty. Lately, I experienced a situation which made me realize that by looking at the cup half-full all the time ( I am too much of an optimistic sometimes),  I…

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A few life lessons we can learn from this 4-year old kid!

The most inspiring part of my weekend was being tuned in to 4-year old SId and his 9-year old  brother Jonah, whom I baby sat in Montreal, while their mom, my friend Christina, shopped with her daughter and my daughter.  It was the boys first time being with me alone,  so…

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I just can’t help myself – falling in love…with you…

I have been there helplessly. I don’t think anyone can give a tutorial on how to fall in love because we simply fall in love. Some of my friends from various cultures who are reading this are likely thinking, “Magdalene, in my culture, we don’t…

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