In search of Harriet’s Uncle Tom Cabin, I found Hawkins Swing, and had a good morning reading!


I drank too much coffee today. I can’t sleep. It’s 2:52 am, and I’m still up. 

I just got back from a pleasant alumni party of Marijo’s high school. It was very fun and entertaining. I had a good time, eating good food, dancing melodious music, and watching friends retrouvailles with good laughter, and jokes telling.

It was fun. But, now I am not ready to go to sleep.

I usually take advantage of not being sleepy to move ahead with my reading.

I always read several books at once. I let my inner voice tell me what I should go ahead and read at the moment. 

On my lamp stand, I have my bible, the liturgy of the hours, the guide of the liturgy of the hours, the book of joy (A conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on lasting happiness in a changing world), Built to last of James C. Collins on successful habits of visionary companies, the teams of rivals (Doris Kearns Goodwin’s opus on the Political genius of Abraham Lincoln). And some other ones around the house wherever I can sit, read, think, reflect, and ponder.

I just completed the very thick book on Lincoln (Almost a 1000 pages.) A great read on a great man from a brilliant author whose narrative abilities are splendid and enthralling.

I wanted to start reading Harriet Stowe Beecher’s Uncle Tom Cabin to better digest my Lincoln. This would be a great added value of literature to a very passionate moment of history.

But, I woke up and could not find the book. I know I put it on the table in the salon at the entrance of the house – one of my reading spot- but I could not find it.

Usually, I lost track of my books on Saturdays, this day- Marijo- my wife for the last 26 years- does this thing she calls “clean,” and which grants her permission to put disorder in my reading life by putting order in her house, our home. 

I like it. I always can start afresh with a new pile of books, magazines, and other things that carry the written words. 

I learn to compose with what disturbs me personally for the betterment of our community, our family.

What should I do? She’s sleeping. Should I wake her and ask her where did she put my Harriet?

I decided to pick up Swing, an outstanding book from Dan Hawkins, a shy mechanic turned to be an outstanding business builder. 

I am rereading the notes I took from my last readings dating April and will continue to the end.

It’s 3:29 am. Enough writing. Time to read.

Understanding the importance of our fruits, a book from Jean-Patrick Lucien


I was walking with my wife this morning in Fort-Lauderdale and our conversations were about fruits: mangoes, avocados, siwèl, Kachiman, kowosol, etc… and the pleasure we had devouring them.

I just  received an email from my friend Evangeline Roussel announcing the release of a book from Jean Patrick Lucien on the importance of our fruits. They are both former high school friends from Canado-Haitien who are committed to keep the honor code alive by using their gifts, talents, and abilities for the betterment of the community.

It’s a delight for me to share the content of this note as received.

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FWI PEYI NOU, yon liv ki pale de diferan fwi nou jwenn an Ayiti.  se reziilta rechèch ki te fèt pou montre valè fwi sa yo nan la vi yon moun e enpotans li n an anviwonman.  Chak fwi gen kapasite pou amelyore sante yon moun, ede ekonomi a e planèt la   .

FWI PEYI NOU, dekri orijin yon varyete de fwi twopikal, li eksplike kouman yo grandi e kouman pou pran swen yo.  Liv la enimere tout vitamin ki nan fwi sa yo e eksplike wol vitamin nan la sante.

FWI PEYI NOU, se yon liv ki ekri pou elèv, pwofesè, lidè avèk objektif ke li ka jwe yon wol nan rebwaman peyi d Ayiti, ankouraje jèn yo pou konprann valè pye bwa yo, e vin anbasadè nan pwoteksyon anviwonman peyi a.

fwi nou yo

Liv sa pibliye sou sit Amazon e wap jwenn li sou sit sa :

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref= nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias% 3Daps&field-keywords=fwi+peyi+ nou

Achete liv sa, se familiarize tèk tout ou avèk  bèl fwi ke ou jwenn an Ayiti. Otè a, Jean Patrick Lucien pwomèt ke chak fwa ou achte yon kopi, li pral ede òganizasyon lokal nan sid peyi d Ayiti plante ab fwitye pou rekouvri de dega siklòn Matye te fè.

« Ou pral konprann itilite liv sa a, lè Ministè Levasyon nasyònal pral egzije chak timoun pou l mete omwen 5 plantil nan tè chak láne, epi, pran pasyans avèk yo pou yo kap byen grandi. N a fè kalkil la pou n bay rezilta a sou senk láne.Rosemond Lucien, edikatè

Nap ankouraje w pou ou achte yon kopi liv sa pou tèt ou, yon zanmi, yon elèv an Ayiti.  Si ou sipòte ou byen dirije yon lekòl, tanpri konsidere entwodwi li nan pwogram lekòl ou a.  Si ou se yon òganizasyon kap sipòte edikasyon an Ayiti, tanpri konsidere bay tout yon klas, tankou 5ieme ane, yon kopi.  Nou ka ede w jwenn yon lekòl pou sipòte.

A pwopo de otè a :

Patrick Lucien

Patrick Lucien, pitit agwonòm Legrand Lucien, moun vil Tòbèk ak yon pwofesè lekòl, Annette Lucien, pran nesans nan lavil Okay.  Li fè etid primè li kay frè Sakrekè yo, nan enpas Lavo, Pòtoprens epi etid segondè li nan kolèj Kanado Ayisyen, toujou nan Pòtoprens.  Apre sa, li te vin kite Ayiti pou li tabli nan vil Boston, Ozetazini kote l te fè etid inivèsitè li nan Northeastern University pou l soti ak yon lisans kòm enjényè eletwònik. Nan láne 2003, li te kòmanse retounen an Ayiti e li te vle kontinye suiv modèl papa li pou li te al soutni jénès nan kominote kote paran li te soti.  Li te fonde avèk madanm li Fondasyon EDEM nan menm láne sa a.  Li te vin fonde sosyete Gwoup Developman Ilavache, otel Village Vakans e li travay avek plizye gwoup pou li te mete 2 fam sou pye nan sid la avek yon mikro kredi.

Contact Information:

Jean-Patrick Lucien

patlucien@yahoo.com

www.edem2.org

Transform Stress: tell your own story of growth and resilience


Kelly Mcgonugal, PHD., invites us to transform stress by telling our own stories and sharing our own testimonials of growth and resilience.

Here are some notes I jot down from my reading of her book that I ‘m eager to share with you.

One of the best ways to notice, value, and express your own growth is to reflect on a difficult time in your life as if You were a journalist writing a restorative story narrative. 

How would a storyteller describe the challenges you have faced? 

What Would a good observer see as a turning point in your story- a moment when you were able to reengage or find meaning?

 If a journalist were to follow you for a week, what evidence would the journalist see of your strength and resilience?

 What do you do that demonstrates your growth or expresses your values? 

What would your friends, family, co-workers or others who have witnessed your journey say to describe how you have changed or grown?

 What objects in your home or your office would a photojournalist want to photograph as evidence of your growth or resilience?

Consider taking some time to write your own story about an experience that you view as stressful and a source of growth and meaning. Or use any medium that appeals to you, such as photo collage, drawings, or video.

 This exercise can be very personal or private, and you never need to share it with any one. But, it can also be a wonderful exercise to share with others.

What brings meaning to your life?

Take a few moment to list your most meaningful roles, relationships, activities, or goals.

 In what parts of your life are you most likely to experience joy, love, laughter, learning, or a sense of purpose? 

When you have listed a few, ask yourself this: would you also describe any of them as sometimes or frequently stressful?

We often imagine how ideal it would be to get rid of the stress we experience at home, at work in pursuit of our goals. But, that isn’t a realistic possibility. 

We don’t get to choose between a stress-full or a stress-free life.

 If there is something in your life that is both meaningful and causing a great deal of stress, take a few moments to write abut this role, relationship, activity, or goal.

If it is so important to you,  you might also consider writing about what life be like if you suddenly lost this source of meaning. 

How would you feel about the loss? 

Would you want it back in your life?

Here is your examen. An examined life is worth living.

Be well,

Roosevelt

Finding meaning in suffering and stress: a reading from Kelly Mcgonugal, PHD.


Everyone can define stress as they want to. But, Kelly Mcgonugal, PHD., in this book The upside of Stress: Why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it, says “we’re stressed when feel anxious, busy, frustrated, threatened, or under pressure.”

The best way to manage stress insn’t to reduce or avoid it, but rather to rethink and even embrace it.

The goal is not to get rid of our stress, but to make sure we’re better at stress and make it our friend instead of our enemy.

This is an opportunity to better understand ourselves and those we care about.

We need to understand the science of stress and our mind: mind sets.

Embracing stress can make you feel more empowered in the face of challenges.

 It can enable you to better use the energy of stress without burning out. 

It can help you turn stressful experiences into a source of social connection rather than isolation. This new way of thinking can lead you to new ways of finding meaning in suffering.

The biggest source of stress in our life right now could be work, parenting, dealing with a health crisis, getting out of debt, or going through a divorce.

Stress is what arises when something you care is at stake.

You need to discover your own strength, courage, and compassion.

Mind sets are beliefs that shape your reality.

The alternative to stress and anxiety is to find an upside in adversity. 

Choose an ongoing situation in your life or a recent stressful experience, question yourself and ponder on the following:

What, if any benefits, have you experienced from this stress? 

In what way your life is better because of it?

 Have you changed In any positive ways as a result of trying to cope with this experience?

We become better by the questions we ask ourselves not by the answers we may find at the moment. 

Why not take a moment and continue the questioning of yourself about how to respond and embrace positively your stressful moments?

Have a great day!

Roosevelt

  

Stress is good for you, and you can get good at it, says Kelly Mcgonugal, PHD.


I read this book in a trait. Here is the main question being answered by the author: Why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it?

This new view of stress is the result of the work of Stanford psychologist and award winning teacher Kelly Mcgonugal, PHD.

They say all the time: stress is bad. It causes diseases. What if you change your mind and picture stress as being able to make you happier, healthier, and better able to reach your goals.

Kelly Mcgonugal  invites us to embrace stress as part of our wellbeing, and capitalize on the benefits of stress which is not always harmful, and in many cases makes us stronger, smarter, and happier.

In his book, Mcgonugal combines science, and the art of storytelling to lead us not to get stressed about stress.

“If you have butterflies in your stomach, invite them into your heart,” she says.

Stress is helpful and should be accepted, utilized, and embraced.

Stress is not the enemy. It is the combination of stress and the belief that stress is harmful that kill people.

How you think about stress matters. Your attitude towards stress influences its impact.

Changing your mind about stress can make you healthier and happier. How you change about stress affects everything from your cardiovascular health to your ability to find meaning in life.

The best way to manage stress insn’t to reduce or avoid it, but rather to rethink and even embrace it.

The goal is not to get rid of our stress, but to make sure we’re better at stress and make it our friend instead of our enemy.

This is an opportunity to better understand ourselves and those around us.

How do you cope with stress? How do you deal with stress? 

Feel free to share.

Roosevelt

Getting through hard times together


I attended a funeral yesterday in Fort-Lauderdale. It was a very simple ceremony with very simple people who were mourning their loved mother, sister, and friend in a very simple way.

It was joyful, besides the sorrow, the grief, and the sadness of the moment.

I just met Jenny through business connections two months ago. I visited her mother, the deceased, at the hospital last week. And yesterday, I had an opportunity to be with her whole family sharing their tears and – at moments- laughs.

Since the passing of my father last year, I have been reflecting more and more on the inevitability of illness and mortality as sources of suffering in our lives. I have been paying attention on how those in such dire situations react and respond.

In this perspective, I have learned a lot from Jenny. She is a petite, young woman. But the size of her resilience, commitment, empathy, and compassion is immeasurable.

Despite these adversities, Jenny remain firm and maintain her composure.

I have also learned the art of friendship . It is marveled by those around you who help make your burden lighter. I had discovered Neidji, and Taneisha, Jenny’s friends, who have been there for her, and her family, caring, cooking, hugging, smiling….

Hard times knit us more closely together. This funeral is perhaps the most obvious example of this weaving of our relationships and community together.

The tears, the pain, the sadness, and the grief are signs that we need each other more than we think.

We are all vulnerable. We need help. We need comfort and kindness. We just need others more than we think.

I am sad to share my sincere condoleances to you Jenny, your family and friends at this moment understanding that after the pain, the joy and the fulfillment of life will be back.

Be well.

Roosevelt

Doral, from a swampland to a striving city hub,the legacy of Doris and Alfred Kaskel.


I discovered what Doral stands for last Thursday. I was on my way to the restroom when I saw this marble sculpture in the lobby of the City Hall building while attending a business event with the Doral Chamber of Commerce. 

The story below is a copy and paste from the Chamber website http://www.doralchamber.org. The beautiful pictures are mine.

Doral, incorporated on June 24, 2003, in one of thirty-four municipalities in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Conveniently located just one mile from Miami International Airport and twelve miles from Downtown Miami, this City is home to approximately 29,685 residents and regularly hosts in excess of 100,000 people who work within the City. 

The City of Doral occupies a land area of 15 square miles bordered on the west by the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, to the north by the Town of Medley, to the east by the Palmetto Expressway and to the South by the City of Sweetwater.The City of Doral has operated under the Mayor-Council-Manager form of government since incorporation. Policymaking and legislative authority are vested in a governing council consisting of the mayor and four other council members. The Council, which is elected at large, is responsible among other things, for passing ordinances and resolutions, adopting the annual budget, appointing the City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the Council, for overseeing the daily operations of the government, and for appointing the heads of various departments.

The City of Doral offers a wide range of services through its departments including the Office of the City Manager, Office of the City Clerk, Finance From Everglades to Industrial Center to Hometown – The City of Doral. (Based on information provided by Ciudad Doral article written by Cindy Rodriguez-Pereira)

The City of Doral has come a very long way in a very short time and is attracting positive attention from Fortune 100 corporations, mom-and-pop businesses, young families and retirees. More and more people are choosing Doral every day – For all the right reasons!