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Marjorie is a Gem!

6 Aug

Amy Winehouse with Marjorie

Caribbean Mama Marjorie Lambert is a gem. I met Marjorie on a visit to St. Lucia in Jan 2011. I was at the Sandals Resort with my husband and we took a tour on horseback down to the beach to ride bareback on the water. It was on this beach in Cas-en-bas that Marjorie has her little shack.

After hitting the beach we went up to her bar where four older British tourists were seated at a table waiting for their meals. The plates arrived in short order and the scent of spices and chicken wafed in the air. It got our attention, as we had been craving good caribbean cooking since we got to the island and having been in the resort we had not yet experienced much authenticity in meals. We started chatting with Marjorie who has a laid back and humourous personality. She told us of how she came to St.Lucia and basically stayed on this beach til she built this little place to serve simple food. The beach was a small alcove more off the beaten track, not somewhere you’d see crowds. We said we would go and return the horses but we’d skip out on the drive back to the hotel and get a cab back for lunch. That we did.

We had a few drinks, fruit punch of Marjorie’s making and told her, when asked what we’d like for lunch, to just prepare us a typical Caribbean homecooked chicken meal. Go all out on the spices we were not afraid. 🙂 As we ate one of the best meals we had had all week, chicken, rice, greens and beans, Marjorie told us some of her stories, of being a single mom to a grown son who lives here in Canada. She likes meeting new people and being with tourists. She is comfortable with what she had.  She was a warm and genuine person with whom we felt immediately comfortable. It’s a calm and serene little place, her spot on the beach.

After our meal she arranged a cab and as we waited some of the guys hanging at the beach wanted to chat us up. They were smokers and trinket sellers. If they got too chummy with us Marjorie would come out and shoo us back in. She was watching out for us, in her own subtle way. 🙂

I was not surprised then when I saw an article on Amy Winehouse and how she had a friend in St Lucia whom she called her Caribbean Mama. It is the same Marjorie whom we met on our trip. The straight talking mother figure was a comfort to Amy while she recouped on the island. Amy stayed nearby becoming fast friends with Marjorie and the families and friends by the beach.  Her time on the island has been said to be cleansing and rehabilitating, and she would return to England refreshed. She had said she wanted to live on St. Lucia and never return. I’m sure that’s somehow because of Marjorie. I know Marjorie was very shocked and saddened by Amy’s passing. My sympathies for your loss, Marjorie. You are a good and honest woman.

So here’s a tip of the hat to you Marjorie. You are an everyday person who is inspiring in your own way. My husband and I look forward to meeting you again. This time we’ll stay  closer and visit every day for lunch!

Read about Marjorie in these two UK articles: Contact Music  Mirror

And on:  YouTube video

Marjorie's place at left- surrounded by market


Marlene Harris, Jeweller with Passion!

5 May

White and Red Gold w/Diamond Clusters and Engraved White Gold

I have never met Marlene Harris, yet she stays in my mind as an inspiration for creativity and longevity and will leave a mark on my finger forever. I found her while researching wedding bands for my wedding last year. I was tired of looking in stores and not really finding anything unique with a vintage feel. Then I stumbled upon her website and saw something that took my breath away. It was so lovely my now husband had said even if you don’t use it as your wedding band buy it anyways as it’s just too beautiful to pass up.

Feeling a little nervous about buying our bands online (even though I buy most things online) I gave her a call. She is a 74 year old woman, who still sells antique rings from estates sales, but also designs her own rings. Marlene has been designing antique jewelry for 40 years. She works 6 days a week out of her shop in Pittsburgh. We had a lovely conversation and she also gave me pointers for my own online business. Her attitude is so positive and forward, that I was surprised when she told me she was 74! She assured me that she would make our rings herself and would ensure everything was appraised, shipped and tracked and would be duty free. And it was.

I spoke with her today and yes she still remembers me and my rings, even though she gets orders from all over the world. She wasn’t interested in giving me a photo of herself, but provided some samples of her work. Yes she is on twitter and facebook too, and has a full and comprehensive website. She is such a lovely person, pure of spirit, kind and helpful through and through. I hope that when I am 74 I am still creating and living my dream out to the fullest just like Marlene.

Quote from Marlene: It is my firm belief that jewelry leaves a stamp of individuality. I have won numerous awards as an artist and I love adding my personal and unique touch to the jewelry

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~ Confucius

Click Marlene to visit her.

The New Cool – Thank God for Neal Bascomb

17 Apr

Neal Bascomb, has the right idea. He is an innovative thinker and what he is doing can change our youth’s future. He is redefining “cool” for the kids to get them interested in science and maths again. It has become very disturbing and concerning to me that our youth is focused on the wrong things. We are making them consumers above all, and giving them false hopes of superstardom without any real backing up of education or serious future plans.

Let’s be real, for ourselves, our future and our children’s future. Not everyone is going to be Lady Gaga. The many doe-eyed singers on American Idol auditions is proof enough that even when industry professionals cringe at hearing their voice, these young people have been so fooled and mislead by their own parents, that they refuse to believe they sound terrible, and defiantly say they will go on and continue their talent!??

I’m not saying a child shouldn’t be pushed to have aspirations, quite the contrary. The world is full of things to be invented and projects to be accomplished. Why can’t they be in science, technology and innovation? If we continue to allow these things to be uncool in our children’s mind then our future world will be filled with adults who had no other educational safety net as they kept chasing their “talents” in entertainment, and end up sour, disillusioned adults who have no real skill or abilities to offer the world.

Growing up wanting to be a lawyer, a scientist, an astronaut, an archeologist, or a doctor was cool in my youth. And more importantly, it was encouraged to have such dreams in society. Each one of us is a teacher and an example to the young. Let’s celebrate our professionals as “talented” people also. Hopefully we can set an example to the young, that all these other amazing and exciting professions are super cool too!!

See some of Neal Bascomb’s videos and thoughts here:

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Rex Murphy – Five Simple Rules

4 Apr
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Rex Murphy, known for his sometimes acerbic rants has on occasion had me in complete agreement. His rant last week entitled Five Simple Rules was so brilliant in it’s focus and instruction to our Canadian politicians during the election right now, that I was standing and applauding when he was done.

I am so tired of seeing my tax dollars go down the toilet – going to all of these yahoos who so far have displayed immature sandbox behaviours. “Its the other guy who is evil, he did it, he did it!” slinging mud at each other and getting absolutely nowhere. I am completely nauseated by what has replaced intelligent discourse. Not one concentrates on their own party, presenting plans of actions to tackle our woes as a society. Stop telling me to be afraid to vote for the other guy and start telling me why I should vote for you!!!

We’ve had too many elections and have not moved any further. As a citizen who pays high enough taxes, I’d like to see all the politicos actually working. Unfortunately this minority government has not learned to work together. And really that’s all I want them to do. Contrary to what Harper is harping on lately, it is constitutional, legal and what the public- who pays your salaries- want. Play nice, work together to find solutions and let’s get on with it already!!!

Now if only any of our politicians would listen!!

Watch Rex Murphy’s Five Simple Rules here.

CBC News – The National – Rex Murphy – Five Simple Rules.

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