Monthly Archives: November 2015

Conference on Climate Change in the Caribbean Under Way in Puerto Rico

Important post. Hugs, Barbara

Repeating Islands

Environment-and-Eco-Tourism-620x330.jpgMore than 350 people are expected to attend a conference on Climate Change in the Caribbean this week in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Interior and governments of Puerto Rico to host the conference.

The conference features dignitaries and scientists from many Caribbean islands and the U.S. who will explore the consequences of climate change to the region. Participants will discuss the progress that has already been made to address climate change and the need for further action, according to a news release from the EPA.

The conference will highlight recent success stories in preparing for and responding to the effects of climate variability and change in the Caribbean; review new advances in Caribbean climate science; promote tools and strategies…

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Crowdfunder: Bringing Inspirational Stories of Cuba’s First Women and Afro-Cuban Film Directors to the Screen

Repeating Islands


Campaign:  Nuestra Cuba

Nuestra Cuba tells the inspiring stories of Cuba’s first women and Afrocuban film directors. In the years following the Cuban Revolution, the island would become a leader in the Latin American film movements to eradicate colonial ideologies that once controlled the region.

Nuestra Cuba is a two-part documentary series, directed by Amberly Alene Ellis, that reveals the role that black women film directors had in the development of a new Cuban cinema during two very different time periods in Cuban history.

Sara Gomez Yera would become the first woman director in the Caribbean to direct a film at the Institute of Cuban Cinema (ICAIC). She would lead the institute in it’s courageous quest to create a truly unique and revolutionary cinema during the 1960s’ and 70s. Defying the challenges posed by her race and gender, the young filmmaker would utilize cinema for a powerful tool to critically access the new republic.

At thirty…

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At the end of the day ….

It Is What It Is


~~February 27, 2014~~ 

A beautiful spirit made the transition early this morning, as a soft rain fell over Orlando, Florida.

Joe Catino, son of my friend Rose, both of them two of the sweetest, strongest and brightest souls I know, brother to Gina, beloved uncle to Leilani and to the little nephew who will never see him on this side of the Veil, but will hear earfuls of Uncle Jojo stories as he grows up, and beloved of Kawon, another beautiful and pure soul, lost his brief but ferocious battle with cancer early today.

To his very last conscious moment, he kept his sense of humor and playfulness, and reflected back on those around him the deep love that surrounded him.

Go in Beauty, Joe, just as you walked in it throughout your life.

~~Gringuis Paleothodoros~~


~~Rest in Peace~~

Joe Catino … you were a bad-ass trouper through all you…

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Long lonely night


Silence in the stillness

of the brooding night,

half in dream land,

trying to focus on

the flickering courser

as it races across the screen

in an effort to plumb

the depth of our humanity

and how the bloodshed

and destruction can

come out of this humanity;

are we really such destructive

characters; storming intellect,

butterflies glide colourfully

into sight, only to be torn apart,

joining the retinue of destruction,

no bomb needed for that,

not even the deadly crack of a pistol

just greed and self centredness

which destroys our world,

leaving a grey dingy silence,

which I sit typing,

trying to come to terms

with this long lonely night.

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How To Speak Irish Like You Were Raised By A Leprechaun

Wonderful post. Hugs, Barbara

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

irishOne of the really fun things about spending time with and getting to know someone from another country is learning all the interesting quirks about her language.

One would think that The Sweet Irish Girl would speak English properly since Ireland is so close to England, but apparently, her people speak a version of it that is peculiar and sometimes difficult to understand.

Thankfully, she says it all in this adorable accent that just makes it sound like the words are tickling my ears.

I have been doing my best to learn how to translate her intriguing turns of phrase so that the words go in one ear Irish and come out the other in American.

Despite my amazing efforts to improve international relations between our nations, The Sweet Irish Girl did admit this morning that she sometimes curses at me in Gaelic when I’m being difficult.

Even more reason…

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