Category Archives: Philosophy

Guyana Glows Within – By Dmitri Allicock + video

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Guyana Glows Within

By Dmitri Allicock

 

A thousand miles and poles apart

Guyana glows within your heart

Where precious memories reside

Sad or happy you can decide

.. Continue reading

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

I treat my own bouts of hiraeth by writing about my experiences as a child growing up in Guyana. I was fortunate to travel and work in the interior and luckily kept an irregular journal during the years 1980-1981. I left Ebini Ranch in 1983 to study veterinary medicine in Poland where I have remained since. Here is my second story.

This article attempts to explain my feelings of “Hiraeth”.

“I am, more importantly however, a permanent resident of the human race and no matter where I go, I’d like to think that I will always belong.” Says Tricia Yearwood in her article, “What It Means To Be A Guyanese Emigrant”

Wise words to end this honest and, at times, soul tearing piece on how leaving the old country is only really accomplished physically. I know this ache intimately that she writes about “…my eyes began to ache with the same disconnect …”. I became very familiar with this constant feeling of ‘ache’ and ‘disconnect’ during the 31 years that have passed since I left Guyana. Continue reading

THE DANCE OF DEATH – Peter Halder’s 4th e-book released

THE DANCE OF DEATH

 Peter Halder’s fourth E-Book, The Dance of Death is now on sale at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. The links to purchase it are below.

The book is a crypt of seven chilling, spell binding and spine tingling supernatural tales that portray the folklore of Guyana.

The Dance of Death highlights a CUMFA ritual and its fatal objective. Obadella The Obeah Woman uses witchcraft to exact revenge for a young lady who was abused. The Moongazer of Kingston uses her power to save the life of a man who harmed a spirit. The Obeah Man, the male counterpart of an obeah woman, uses black magic to cement the love between a married couple. Four schoolmates face terror in a haunted house when they are confronted by a blood sucking, The Old Higue of Belfield. The Devil Woman entices a girl to the woods for an evil purpose but the courageous girl turns the table on her. A baby is seized by a supernatural water devil which turns it into The Gold Ringed Alligator that relishes little girls.

 The Dance of Death by Peter Halder:

Go to his Website/Blog to comment and more info on his book on Amazon as well as ordering information. [Click here ]

The Story of Your Enslavement – video

The Story of Your Enslavement

Uploaded on Apr 17, 2010  -We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement – up to and including your own.

 

 

Getting Free Of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness – Polly Young-Eisendrath

Getting Free Of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness: Polly Young-Eisendrath

At TEDxMiddlebury 2013   Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the idea that we can control and manage our lives as counter to our happiness. After considering the true meaning of happiness, Polly highlights several uniquely human emotions—shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy—that pose as obstacles to this happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions.

Polly Young-Eisendrath is a speaker, writer, Jungian analyst and mindfulness teacher. She is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism and Vipassana in the tradition of Shinzen Young (in which she is a certified teacher). She has published many chapters and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, spirituality, resilience and Jung’s psychology.  Continue reading

“FREDDY” KISSOON AND THE COLUMN OF THE STREET By Nigel Westmaas

 “FREDDY” KISSOON AND THE COLUMN OF THE STREET

 By Nigel Westmaas

'Freddy' Kissoon

‘Freddy’ Kissoon

He mounts his charge, armour of steel and honour and his lance ready, the contemporary Don Quixote, except he slays not windmills, but real dragons clawing at the heart of a nation. Enter the combatant, with passion and fire of old time crusaders, against sins of omission and commission on themes of human decency, justice, and cleanliness in public affairs.

No Guyanese newspaper columnist in recent times has personified and combined the impulses of social activism, and figure of controversy than Freddy Kissoon. He has contributed more than any other individual in the media in consistently and flambouyantly exposing corruption, Guyana’s foibles and the nature of contemporary Guyanese society. Continue reading

Maya Angelou and the Prince – by Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Maya Angelou and the Prince!

By: Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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Maya Angelou

I barely lifted my head as she knocked on my door. After ten years as a teacher in New York I knew the drill rather well. The Guidance Counselor would come into my room, introduce the student and wish me a wonderful year. But this time it was different. It was the last day of the semester and six weeks of  summer school would begin in two days.

“This is Prince. He is in the eighth grade, you will have an interesting summer,”
Ms. Schulman said  and left quickly. Prince was tall and muscular with rounded shoulders and he had the habit of hitting the insides of both hands as if he were in a boxing ring.
As I was leaving the school I ran into Ms.Schulman. She looked at me and smiled. “You will find that Prince is special, really special. Continue reading

Messages of Hope for a Brighter Future – By Tangerine Clarke

Messages of Hope for a Brighter Future

Guyanese Online- Moray House Trust Update – May 2014

Guyanese Online – Update from Moray House Trust – May 2014

May 2014 has been a busy month for the Trust.

On Tuesday 13th May, we hosted an evening of readings by novelist and cricket writer, Rahul Bhattacharya and journalist / historian Gaiutra Bahadur. Rahul and Gaiutra read to a capacity crowd and discussed common themes in their work such as the question of genre, women in Guyanese society, the interplay of fact and fiction, the moral imperative for the writer to present truthfully.

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Rahul Bhattacharya (left) and journalist / historian Gaiutra Bahadur (right) at Moray House Trust

Last year, Gaiutra Bahadur published ‘Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture’. In it, she traces the journey of thousands of women like her great-grandmother Sujaria, a 27 year-old immigrant from Bihar who made the journey to British Guiana as an indentured labourer alone and four months pregnant.

In 2011, Bhattacharya’s novel, ‘The Sly Company of People who Care’, was published to widespread acclaim. In it, he catalogues the adventures of a young Indian journalist in Guyana and depicts with grace, warmth and humour the varied cast of characters and heady cultural mix encountered; the neighbourhood savants, pork-knockers, cane-cutters. “You want bandit, we got bandit,” says one. “We got blackman, redman, buck, chinee, coolie, dougla all lashin each other.”   Continue reading

Maya Angelou – The ‘Phenomenal Woman’ With Trinidadian Roots

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Dr. Maya Angelou

By News Americas Staff Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. May 29, 2014: Many knew her as the poet extraordinaire who gave the world the classic ‘Phenomenal Woman.’ But few knew the roots that had nurtured that voice stretched to the West Indian island of Trinidad & Tobago.

Yesterday that voice was lost to the world forever, as renown author and poet Dr. Maya Angely67ou, joined the ancestors at the age of 86.

Angelou had been suffering from heart problems in recent years. She passed away at her North Carolina home in Winston-Salem, Angelou’s family said in a statement on Wednesday.

Angelou, then Marguerite Johnson, was the second child born to Vivian (Baxter) Johnson, a Trinidadian American nurse, whose father and grandfather had both migrated to the U.S. from Trinidad & Tobago on a banana boat and jumped off in Tampa, Florida. Continue reading

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