Controversial or just Keeping It Real!

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Hot topics…

It can be difficult to press that publish button sometimes. It’s especially hard for me when the subject matter can generate angry negative feelings.

Everyone will never share the same point of view on Religion, Sex , Politics. These are ‘hot topics’ and its like striking a match and watching a combustible response when tempers flare.

I’ve been publishing some posts of a political nature and its fascinating to watch and sometimes read the comments. Its absolutely insane the way people hate or love. I’m not sure about what happened to sharing opinions and having some fiery discussions with mutual respect as the bar. Hmmm, yes, it seems people have been ignited to revel in hate and anger. The level of uncaring, and condescending disregard for those suffering or in need, makes me fierce.

I want to protect and shield those who are forced into a state of loss and displacement from the anger and hatred coming from some corners of the globe, some leaders, and some people. How can I want what I cannot control? How can I make a difference when I watch the world leaders falter, as they are faced with a new ego-maniacal leader.

The European Union needs to stand together now. The rest of the world needs to pay attention to the ripple effect which the actions from the USA will foster. They are faced with a Trump and a Putin who are obviously intent on creating a dominating world alliance for their own selfish gains. It is very scary. Imagine a world leader slaps down the country he is supposed to hold up high, in support of its enemy. As I listened to Bill O’Reilly of Fox News question the USA president and indicate that Putin may be a killer, the response made me freeze in shock. The USA president, responded, ” There are a lot of killers. There are a lot of killers. What do you think— our country’s so innocent?” ( Yes, its been recorded, the entire interview and shown all over the world)

Yes, that’s the person that is supposed to be the leader of what was once considered to be a great nation. I’m guessing making America great again, has an addendum … for Russia!

These are just my ramblings and thoughts on an international hot political crisis situation brewing. On a lighter, but no less serious note, I’d like to share another post. This is called “The Nutkracker Files” and I’ll leave it for  you to decide if I’ve figured out the mess that has dropped on the world for 2017.

The Nutkracker Files

Thanks for reading this far. I know controversy is not great, but this is a reality check for those who wish to hear and see what is up close and personal. It impacts on all of us. God help America. God help the people of the world!

I appreciate all feedback  but won’t be drawn into a war of words. Lets keep it clean and leave the smut out!

Dwordslayer

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The Value Of A Hug

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The way it presents itself…

The world looks on as the United States of America appears to be in self destruction mode. One day it was a world leader of hope, justice, truth, and many positives. The next it was everything we have been taught to hate with autocratic and totalitarian governing. Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini, are examples of the type of governments from history’s past which lead totalitarian states.

Through it all there are the victims of ‘Hatred Leadership’. There are people who lose their lives because they live in the wrong place at the wrong time. What happens to these victims when they get all the curveballs of hate thrown at them? What happens to those looking on, unsure if their own lives are safe from what they see.

Please if only for a moment share a prayer for those who need it including ourselves. I’ve included some verses written on sharing a hug in the link below. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!

The Value Of a Hug

Thanks you for sharing your time with me on this blog.

Dwordslayer

 

 

Interviews and Beyond: Pamela Williams

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Looking forward

The storyteller is so much more than one can imagine. We keep our dreams and thoughts locked away, because reality is lagging behind the adventures we seek from within. Our thoughts and dreams may appear as fiction but can be rooted in reality, and a future only found when we allow our stories to develop, as we live our lives. Going beyond is like looking in a mirror and creating our visions of the future world!

 Pamela Williams is a woman with determination. The first time I read an article from her related to a community environmental meeting by some youths and I was hooked – Hope exists in the youth of our nation. Here is a woman who cares for what is right for her community and the environment. She seems as fearless as the warrior she writes about  in her fictional stories and will champion a cause to the end. Pamela is also willing to try something new, and was quite willing to activate a Skype account for us to chat about this interview. As we spoke, she was happy to share her experiences on social media and how exciting it has been learning automation from Paul Croubalian! I have not embraced that aspect of technology yet, but was sold after speaking with her! It is my pleasure to have Pamela accept this interview challenge and all its components – visual images to accent the responses!

The Interview…

There is a lot to think about as it relates to the future – when you think about it. The world as we know it is growing at a phenomenal speed. We gain much with technology and yet our humanness seems questionable at times. The past has locked away the hurts from its present, sometimes remaining only as historically beautiful scars. What was, can impact on our society, but it all depends of what we have learnt from that era.

Donna-Luisa: Archeologists in the year 2054 discover there is life deep below a Mayan village lost in time. They need someone with your skills to help unlock their city for the world to see. The world no longer has any vegetation, but their world does. What will you do, and why?

Pamela: Thank you Donna-Luisa for asking me for an interview, I’m simply thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to you! Now as for these questions, you had me thinking hard about the Question 1answers, and so here we go:

  • When it comes to issues like this I can be highly opinionated. I just don’t believe that man has the right to intrude wherever he wants. So with that in mind, here is my humble opinion;
  • Man may be a higher form of life but we still possess an animal instinct. We also possess a strong sense of survival and self-preservation just like the animal kingdom. History has shown repeatedly that when our survival is in doubt we have the propensity to revert to a philosophy of survival of the fittest, both in action and thought.
  • Therefore my first instinct and action would be to protect the city. Opening the city to outsiders could result in the city being stripped of its vegetation. That would not be a risk I would be willing to take.
  • Instead I would develop a plan in which to gather seeds and cuttings to re-vegetate the external world.

 

Donna-Luisa: When you look out a starry sky, have you ever hoped something would zoom by? If you could make one wish to have a dream fulfilled at that moment what would it be?

Question 2Pamela: I want to feel like I’ve made a difference in the world. I’ve worked for years in positions that allowed me to provide for my daughter and give us a life that was stable. My own childhood had little stability and it affected my development and self-esteem. It was important to me that my daughter had the time and opportunity to discover herself and not constantly re-acclimating to new environments. Now that I have an empty nest my wish is to find satisfaction in what I do and if it happens to involve travel and seeing the world then I would truly be living my dream.

Donna-Luisa: You fell asleep in 2016 and awoke in 2026. This is the future. What do you wish to see outside?

Pamela: I’ve always believed in the potential for humanity to come to grips with all the issues that are impacting our world and be able to work together to resolve those issues. I Question 3would want to awake to a world..

  • Where humanity finally accepted everyone’s individuality.
  • I would like to see the health of our planet and its inhabitants having a higher value than profit
  • I would like leaders around the world to put the wellbeing of people at the forefront in making decisions
  • I would like to see poverty eliminated
  • I would like to see greed eliminated
  • I would like to see fossil fuels eliminated as an energy source
  • I would like to see highways replaced with better forms of transportation and the land returned to its natural state
  • I would like to see the trash finally removed from our oceans and waterways
  • I would like to see our food sources not contaminated with chemicals
  • I would like to see more love in the world
  • I would like to see equality for all people

I am a liberal spirit and believe the leaders and shakers of this world owe it to humanity to ensure that all people have their basic needs met.

Donna-Luisa: You have an opportunity to go around the world in eighty days and live your dreams, where would you go and why? By the way, I forgot to mention you will be in an ‘ocean hoover pod built by Elon Musk, with built in surround sound and can video blog!

Pamela: I don’t think there is a part of the world I Don’t want to see. All cultures interest Question 4me. The more different they are from the U.S. the more I want to witness them. What I’d really like to do is visit all the wonderful people I’ve met on social media and see life through their eyes.

I’m not overjoyed with ISIS and I think Putin needs to take a humbleness pill. But those are just a small part of a bigger picture. You can encounter danger anywhere but you can’t live in fear or you’re not living. I learned that the hard way.

As for the video blog, I’m not big on taking pictures while traveling. It’s not that I don’t want to; I just get so wrapped up in the moment I forget. My daughter and I used to take road trips whenever possible. Once we traveled down the U.S. east coast just so she could see the Atlantic Ocean at different points along the coast. I had a camera with me and totally forgot to take pictures. But, we have our memories.

Donna-Luisa: The United Nations has reached out to you for advice on how to help the refugees worldwide through social media. You are their Chief advisor on ‘the internet of things’. What would you suggest?

Pamela: Of all the questions, this was is the hardest. The refugee issue is not one that is going to be solved quickly.

Qeustion 5Many of the countries that are seeing the influx of the refugees are already having crises of their own. Take Greece for example. It’s no secret that they have faced some serious financial issues and yet they have seen thousands of refugees land on their shores. I’m not going to pretend to have an answer to this problem. It’s a huge problem and all countries are going to have to bite a bullet (suffer a few growing pains) and help the people. This isn’t an epidemic they’re trying to prevent; these are human beings escaping from an evil that we have not witnessed the likes of since the Third Reich terrorized Europe. We cannot allow such evil to happen again and whatever the other countries in the world have to do to stop it, then so be it.

I have a very soft heart and I can’t help but think about a time in these people’s lives when they were no more than babes being held by mothers just like me. Mothers that had the same dreams for their children, that most mothers have for a child; happiness, prosperity, and hope.

Despite my best efforts I can’t seem to maintain an angry outlook towards anyone. I can’t help but remember the day my daughter was born and all the dreams and hopes I had for her. Most people start their life that way and those that did not need to be pitied and helped, not rejected or killed. We have got to get past the survival-of-the-fittest mentality, because we are the human race, still animal lifeforms, but a much higher form of life.

Donna-Luisa: I do feel you on the refugee crisis which has become to my mind the greatest test of man’s humanity and love. Saying we love and care means nothing unless we can make into action- help. It is a crisis which will take much more than money, words, and war, to correct. You consistently share your compassion for the environment and humanity with each situation in the future – from not wishing to harm a civilization for the gain of another to having a strong desire to see a much better world. Hope resonates as you share your thoughts even when circumstances are as difficult as the one with the refugees. You are all heart!

Pamela: Again Donna-Luisa, thank you for requesting an interview. It was fun contemplating the questions this week.

Donna-Luisa: Thank you Pamela for agreeing to take us beyond the surface, and deep into the mirror of your heart. I saw you for the first time, face to face via Skype last week and it was amazing. Getting to know you, through opening up my senses to your voice and your beautiful face was such a positive experience. Words are great to read, but it is even better when we can take a chance and step out, out of the world we know and into the unknown, to meet a kindred spirit. Technology has made it possible to expand our horizons, and show our ‘affinity’ with each other.

We have some surprises for you, our treasured readers! First, it is my pleasure to announce, the next episode of Pamela Williams  fictional sage of the young warrior is completed. Episode 4 will be published the day following this interview and I will make the title live as soon as its released!

The Seasons of Change – the harshness of winter (Episode 4)

The other surprise, is the YouTube link below, with D-wordslayer sharing some thoughts on this dynamic lady – Pamela Williams, bebee.com, and the weather!

 

Bebee  and its Affinity network has made this exchange possible, through its social media platform which encourages engagement, creativity, and professional networking! At the time of publishing beBee announced Pamela Williams as one of its Ambassadors – Congratulations to  an amazing lady and friend living in North Carolina, USA!!

Thank you for reading, viewing, engaging and sharing with us. Maybe you can go beyond into your future to find the answers in your mirror.

 

Credit: Images via Google Search provided by Pamela Williams
Artwork: Artistree -andrew.innocent@hotmail.com 
 
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RIP… July, 2016

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Hello world…

There is so much going on, in the world, and in my world. Where do I start, and how can I stop feeling an ache, a pain, all the senseless killing hurts. That’s it in a nutshell. I’ve sat at my laptop and wondered what can I say which has not been said. How can I express the thoughts which do not get a moment to finish grieve before I hear another. This time, its the slaying of a priest in France, his throat slit, while he is on his knees – how can I not feel?

This is for all the lives lost in the past two months, between USA, Europe, Africa, and many other countries around the world, we are faced with loss. These deaths are not from natural causes, but from hatred and evil. To those who lost their lives and their families. For those who share my feelings at this ongoing war against humanity. For those who love their fellow man, this is a moment to grieve, giving final rites to lives which were here.

The absent friend

I did not see or know you

I’m so sure our paths would never cross

and the cross you bear is not your own

For we are lost

As a humanity

I have not paused to say I’m sorry

Or share my condolences

You are gone, your life

A mystery to me

And I do wish that I could find a way

To take that bullet on your behalf

Give you a chance to speak

I want to say, I am so sorry

Now my words mean nothing to you

I am lost, and you have gone

From this place, you once belonged

I have no words to give to your family

As they cry and share their tears,

They have lost all your happy years

So now they grieve,

With a pain I could never understand

You left without a plan

My anger and rage it burns inside

For I have never met you, and my love I cannot hide

I am so sorry, I did not get to see you smile

Or sit next to you in a train, or plane or car

I am so sorry, I will never hear you laugh

You had so much to share so much to say

Your family, Your friends, you mattered to me

I live,

I would gladly give you hope

In this crazy senseless world

Cause it’s all I have to offer at this time

It’s now not enough

You are now an absent friend of mine

This is a song, and a story from my heart

I did not see the bomb, and nor did you

The time it came, when the guns waged its own war

With a militant at your door

Taking your freedom

Now I don’t know, how to say

I’m so sorry; I grieve in my own way

Because you are gone

But my absent friend in my heart, you do live on

I am stopping for a moment to say I love you

And someone else loved you too

I’m stopping, and pausing to give your life

A chance, for someone to grieve, because you meant more

Than a memory

Than a word

You are the stories never told

You are somewhere that we go

When we are gone

I love you, forever

You shared my life because you were born.

Peace!
Dwordslayer!
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A Multi-Religious Society Trinidad &Tobago

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Culture & Religion

Trinidad & Tobago is considered a multi-cultural and multi-religious state.  I grew up with the understanding that we are not all the same but we are the same, and need to respect each other. As a child, I went to school with children of different races, religions and social status. We were all different shades of color, and different textures of hair. We all wore the same uniform, and combed our hair with two white ribbons ( a girl school). As children we played together and most importantly celebrated and learnt about each other’s religions.

There was a religious instruction class which shared on Christianity (Roman Catholicism), Islam, Hinduism, the three major religions in our society. There were other religions, like the Pentecostal / Evangelical, Orisha Baptists, Baha’i, which we were informed about based on the children in the class. The best thing about religious practices, as a child were the holidays. We were given a day off for each official holiday, and we would be given treats while stories about their practices were demonstrated. Thus I grew up with religious tolerance and respect, finding it quite normal for my friends to be different in their beliefs.

IMG_20160705_115222In Trinidad & Tobago Eid UL Fitr  is considered a major religious holiday. Each year, the sighting of the full moon for Ramadan is observed and the date for Eid declared. There are over eighty mosques in Trinidad and Tobago. This holiday is considered one of the commercial busy periods for Islamic/Eastern garments, household items and food. Banks, Schools, government and commercial businesses all participate in some form of symbolic recognition, via signs, food, employees attired in Islamic traditional wear, and sales promotions. It really can be considered a financial integration of religious culture to the benefit of the economy!

IMG_20160705_114415I stopped along a main road in the Chaguanas area, and paused to look at the gaily colored garments for sale. Then, as I looked at a store front, my view was obstructed by the burglar bars at the front of the display. It looked beautiful, and sad, because of the barriers. These barriers caused my thoughts to go to Baghdad, Turkey and the entire Middle East. My vision became obscured because I recalled a time in my history class when there were less wars and less barriers.

Interestingly my children went to both Christian and Muslim Schools, and have relationships with friends of many religions. My eldest son was also a Head-boy at his Muslim college and he is a Christian. Likewise one of his friends was Head-boy at the Catholic College he attended and he is a Muslim.There are times they will debate and discuss world events and yet there are no arguments.Wedding, funerals, we have experienced them all because there is no barrier to brotherly love!

IMG_20160705_114504My neighbors, those who are Muslim, on July 6th will go to their mosques and pray, and feed the poor, then return home and share with everyone a meal. In the Middle East, and Turkey and many places in the world, celebrations will be difficult.There holy period of peace a time of war.

This society is not perfect. We too have radical extremists of Islam and other religions, but for now they are in the minority. Our children are more aware of what is happening worldwide, and will copy what they see if we stop teaching them to respect each other. Our culture is one which shares and integrates festivities.

We do have racial discrimination creeping in at times but that is not allowed to grow, rather it is discouraged. As a people our culture dictates our behavior and our various religions are ALL treated with respect.

Islamic wearI looked at the picture again, and I see the barriers blocking the beauty of the garments and the people. Then I remember, these are mannequins, they are for display purposes only, yet they are treasured. What about life, yours and mine. I think of Muslim and Christian; Syrian and Iranian; African and European; people with differences, with no barriers to protect their lives when they are attacked by extremist militants.

Baghdad, over 200 people killed at the close of Ramadan at the hands of suicide bombers. Once again there is death and destruction. My heart hurts for the innocent lives lost and those grieving, trying to find a way to ease the pain of loss!

My thoughts return to those happy days when I was unaware that hatred existed for everything. When I held hands and sang with my friends with many differences. We shared, we loved and we dreamed to grow up to be big.

Trinidad & Tobago is a multicultural place, a multi-religious society.

Eid Mubarak !

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DWordslayer 

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