I just read a really cute blog post from another participant in the 30 day blogging Challenge.

We are on Day 28 of a 30 day challenge, and there is lots of material to write about, but I thought I would follow Evey’s lead, (since she followed another fellow blogger), and do this one.  http://iwilldoit2.com/2013/25-things-about-me/

The others did 25 interesting things, but I think I’ll stop at 10.

1.       Where were you born?

I was born, and live most of my life on the beautiful island of Barbados. It is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands. That means that when the hurricanes come across the Atlantic-ocean, it gets to us first.

Barbados is the most easterly Caribbean island.

Barbados is the most easterly Caribbean island.

 

 

The good news is that because the island is so small (166 square miles) the storm usually passes to the north or south. Also, because there is no land mass between the African West coast and Barbados, the storms are usually just building strength when they reach us.

Here is an interesting statistic. Every storm that has devastated the Caribbean, US gulf Coast and East coast had to pass Barbados, but the last real hit we suffered was back in 1955.

 

The tranquil West Coast of Barbados.

The tranquil West Coast of Barbados

Wind Surfing in the active waters of Barbados' East Coast.

Wind Surfing in the active waters of Barbados’ East Coast.

For that same reason, our island has a rugged east and north coast facing the Atlantic Ocean, and very tranquil beautiful beaches on the south and west coasts facing the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

 

 

 

Barbados is also the only island in the Caribbean that was always British in the colonial era.

Since I’m talking about being born, this is an interesting fact about my birth. I was eventually born as a breach baby, after my booty tried to come out first, and the midwife had to push me back in and try a more workable exit. All this is a house with a midwife and no electricity way back in the middle of the last century. This is one of the reasons why I know that God always had His hands on my life. Ordinarily, we should both have been dead.

2.  Were you named after someone?

I really believe that I was. Both my mother and I have the same names as my mother’s two first cousins.  My grand-mother and her brother were pretty close and I am pretty sure they had a conversation.

3.       What is your Favorite Activity?

I have always loved to cook. I grew up in an era where we basically had to cook most of what  we ate. , and even prepare beverages. So I learned to cook early. I also loved to bake. At one time I had a side gig of baking cakes for a restaurant.  I think God knew this time was coming where I can hardly eat any processed foods, and allowed me to be able to cook (and enjoy doing it), most of my meals and baked treats.

4.        What computer games do you play?

I could not play any computer games if my life depended on it. Simply have no interest.

5.       Do you have pets?

No. I used to have pet dogs and cats when I was a younger person.  At this stage of my life, I do not want the responsibility. No dogs, no cats, no fishes or birds. Not even a plant. It is all about freedom.

6.       What is one thing you are really proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

I am proud of the fact that I have contributed to the lives of so many children, and also that God gave me the wisdom, and strength to do a good job at raising my own children as a single mother. My mother and baby sister, were also very generous with their love.

7.       What is one place you haven’t traveled to yet that you really want to go? 

Egypt. I have long been fascinated by the history of the early Egyptians, and their culture and artistry.

8.       Do you believe in God and/or Jesus?

Yes I am a born again Christian or follower of Jesus Christ. That is an interesting story that I will reserve for a future writing assignment. But I know that God is real in my life. His Angels surround me constantly.

 9.  What do you do to relax?

This is crazy, but if I want to chill, or it is a tossup between creating something in the kitchen, pampering my skin, with oils and my galvanic spa, or watching health and wellness videos online.

 10. Do you feel you have a mission in life?

Yes, I believe that I was born to be a writer. I have always been writing. I can still remember acting in a play I wrote in high school.   In college, my gift was affirmed by English Professors, and that confirmed it for me. But a gift can only do so much. I needed certain experiences to be able to write what God wants me to share with the world.

OK. This is not in my list, but I could not pass up this opportunity to mention.

Evey had this picture quote on her blog post.

Quote by Frantz Fanon. French Caribbean Activist.

Quote by Frantz Fanon. French Caribbean Activist.

 

I copied it to tell you that my first born was named after Frantz Fanon.

(The author of this quote.)

He was a French Caribbean revolutionary, and one of the truly remarkable figures of the 20th century.

 

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