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Sons, Not Thugs.

sons, not thugs.Last week we closed on the property! The Marketplace Gonaives is in our hands. After almost 3 years of work, process, doubt, fear, more work, more help from much smarter people than we… we now have the document that says it is ours. Problem is, the property has sat empty for 12 years. Not empty exactly. Lack of formal activity invites a world of the “informal”. It had become a passageway of sorts from the neighborhood behind to the main road in front. And there were folks living in the shadows, collections of things in piles, a business used the front corner, and a small group of merry men had claimed the back corner of the building where...

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10 Minuet Essays 1

Theme - Live like you mean it.  Author - Kathy Brooks Live like you mean it We can.   That is the astonishing thing.  We absolutely CAN.  For me, it is in the smallest decisions of every day life that this truth plays out .It is rarely about the big things.  Those seem to take care of themselves when I get the small things right.  Live like you mean it means …be the boss over my thoughts.  Some are beautiful and welcome guests…other are loud mouth bullies , live like you mean it means ..be the bouncer,  Invite the bullies to leave and enforce their departure.  Entertain the serious thoughts that need to stick around awhile, offer them tea! Live like you mean it means: Honesty; A personal...

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JANUARY 11, 2015    

THE NAMING OF A COUNTRY Everyone that knows  Haiti through the words of the Press knows that this country comes with a last name: Haiti.   A very long last name.  Rarely do you ever see “Haiti” in print with out its full moniker.  it’s maddening really.  For the world to give her a label that sticks like that one has. I’m such a stickler for words. what we call something matters.ONce you are called a name, no matter how confidant you are, you start to believe it is true.  That is why my kids were never allowed to call each other “push down” names.  i told them every time they called their brother a name it was like planting a...

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DECEMBER 15, 2014  

12-13-14 CRASHING CARS AND TAP-TAPS IN THE NIGHT Dec. 13 2014   Some things need to written as a therapy of sorts. This is that. Yesterday , dec 13 started as I woke up around 4, made a cup of coffee and started packing up the boxes that we would take to Port for the Artisans Market. 5 am everyone was up and by 5:45, our wonderful little car was loaded and hilarious conversations began as we had Kevs, Bess and the visiting Barnabus Furth crammed in the back seat. Bessie had made the unfortunate claim to the side of the vehicle that faced the warm morning sun, Kevs squished in between and Barnabus, clearly much bigger than either of...

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DECEMBER 8, 2014 

NEW HOSPITAL This is the beautiful new black top road that leads to the new hospital in Gonaives. We    had the honor of touring the the newly opened facility last week. IT is amazing. I love the way so much construction is done in the Carribean, open air. The hallways are walkways every room has fresh air circulating through except the temp controlled surgery units. We were walking through the facility with the director of Health. THis man is a friend, a fellow believer and a pedatric doctor.  We were stopped by a nurse in the pediatric ward as she asked Dr. Honore to have a look at a13 year old boy .  The situation had already caught my...

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