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Meet Me At Our Woodford Square Bench

Your Worship, the Mayor,
I may still call you that, may I not, honourable sir, at least for this last day when you may hold that title? But who knows, eh? Twenty-four hours is a long time – as the last several hours must have proven for you – on our political stage, which never fails to put on a greater show than the greatest show on earth, don’t care who we shame, once there is a stage and all the better if there are some flashing local and foreign media lights, ent?
The train of events following the murder and discovery of the strangled body of this Japanese pannist Asami Nagayaki who bring the joy of Japanese springtime cherry blossoms to we Carinival 2016 just have we all contemplating the Human Race with the Lord Pretender, and, too, the Qualifications of a Politician, teacher Chalkie say.
Some, like Sparrow, say I am a prophet/ess of doom and gloom ‘cause it seems for the past 30 years or so I have been wildly waving me own individual flag in me own Flag Party that we on some merry go round and round – lots of false starts and stops, and political comings and goings, and sinking ships and even an attempted coup, and Stalin’s better days are coming but the same spinning-top-in-mud, waiting, like Dorothy for the next Bally Party Time and all ah we still laughing and asking ‘Who’s Yuh Leader’ like when that MP Joseph Toney was in the Parliament Red House get stalled in midsentence with cross talk, ducking bullets from the insurrectionists, just like them little little children in Laventille getting their life stop dead dead in their literal life tracks by flying bullets.
Honourable Worship, Sir, Mr Mayor, like you, humming Kitchener’s beautiful lyrics The Carnival Is Over I too wake up Ash Wednesday, and jus’ like dat, ask Paul Keen’s Douglas, in one blink, woman strangled, you talk yuh talk, with no information nor knowledge because some people don’t need advisers, although Pan in Danger, like Gypsy, Carnival getting Toilet Paper you find out What Sweet in Goat Mouth Go Sour in the BamBam.
It sad, here in Trinidad, ’cause everybody watching you, and saying Look the Devil Dey. They doing that to a decent and Honourable Gentlemanan – Boy, I know that feeling yes.
Whoa Donkey.
Mr Mayor, Your Worship, Sir, suddenly I feel this breeze, whipping up and in no time at all it like a hurricane – although the hurricane season, like the Party, Done! But them there breezes blowing stronger and harder than the, Mighty Sparrow in Phillip, My Dear! Them there breezes, loaded like guns with Sahara Dust from them there Arabian Desert, carrying something else too, Mr Mayor, Sir, are you feeling the feeling, like Shadow, are you getting the symptoms, because it feels very much, Sir, like the Arab Spring.
Imagine that! Arab Spring in we tropical clime, oui! The thought makes me feel like laughing ‘til meh belly bust, but I suspect Sir, that for you, it is no laughing matter, like them there people wine-ing up their almost naked sugar bum-bum like they have Kitchener’s kaka roach in they petticoats!
Your Worship Sir, is true, I only met you twice, and both times you were gentlemanly, polite, attentive, and open to dialogue, much unlike some other company you keep, so I am sure, as you read this – because I believe you, Honourable Worship Sir, are a reading man who have no time for all that kinda stupidness, that you are as sceptical as the sceptics were when some similar pronouncement about Sahara Dust settling over we land was made to the meteorological scientific world by we very own native weatherman, Robin Maharaj. I am not sure if he is any relative to that other lewd-lyricked and lusty-prancing-up-she-big-big-some-say-fake-behind Nikki Minaj-cum-Maharaj born and bred Trinbagonian via St James, and proud migrant from the Burgesses of the Illustrious City of Port-of-Spain, who Pound the Alarm (rated ‘explicit’ so what they goin rate Carnival itself, or other such wajank actions, eh?) for the way we just like to chase every Tom, Dick and Harrilal outta town.
Let me tell you about this Arabian Sahara Dust and Arab Spring ting, if you didn’t know, and I know that some politicians are pretty limited in knowledge, or willingness to learn, of national history, and Dan Is the Man In The Van and – who could blame them with so much other things to deal with like wrecking people’s car, snooping on citizen bloggers, and chasing scrunting-like-Scrunter vendors off the streets who shouting no no dey not going home like the kaiso-man-turn-gospel-singer, because Poverty Is Hell, Shadow knows, and Singing Sandra’s Voices from the Ghetto too.
Maharaj – the one named for a bird, not the one who sings like a maco macaw bird, shaking up she some say fake bumsie – had posited to the tickled-pink-like-Nikki-Minaj-scientific-world that the clouds over the South Americas was Sahara Dust and they laugh him outta here, oui! And then they get dust in they face, if I might steal a phrase from our beloved bard, David Rudder, like some of them there lewd dancers on the streets tief a wine from Kes The Band who like all ah we, Wotless, and if anyone ask you some of them just asking for it, which is why they end up with no Valentine, bus’ head, or dead, oui, like young Asami, maybe, who knows. Who say A Little Wine Never Hurt Nobody, Patrice? The heavy T bumper or wining queen know better. With all that spotlight on you Honourabe Sir, the authorities bazodee, they don’t know if they going to catch criminal stranglers or if they coming to catch woman wine-ing on City Hall, because them woman know they cyar fight City Hall with guns and thing like the booted authorities, so the bacchanalists just wine-ing dong the place, like the Queen of bacchanal Destra’s Lucy.
If you ask me, I prefer more diplomatic and refined means of exporting the culture and would like to bottle the Carnival wine, like the French bottle their wines, and submit it to UNESCO for both for outstanding universal value as an element of tangible cultural heritage, and for the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, but they say who is me, I get chase outta town too because I ain’t no expert winer gyul, and only a closet country-bookie unauthorised flag woman – so they say – and everybody and Kitchener know you have no band without an experienced flag woman!
Mr Mayor, I sympathise. I see how puzzled, baffled and conflofougated you and not you alone, plenty plenty more mayors and leaders and some men and some women too are, because on the one hand they saying this is about what you say about woman, and woman is boss, as if you didn’t know that; and then they say it is about International diplomacy – well if the Priest Could Play Who is Me.
You know, Mr Mayor, nobody tell you yet, so I would tell you here, it is all of that and more. It is about the people and we culture and every Trini to the Bone person or politician worth a two cents, or a dollar wine know dont mess with we culture, because How We Vote Is Not How We Party!
So Let We Get Back To Basics, nah, We fight hard hard for them freedoms, as if you and them so called historians don’t remember Canboulay Riots, and Hosay Riots and Slavery and Indentureship and the licks and the kicks and the abuse and the dominance over we mind and bodies. We fight Mr Mayor, we already pay with we blood and sweat and tears and plenty plenty of we children life, and the life of plenty borhters and sisters and mothers and fathers for them rights and freedoms so what respectful right, Mr Mayor Sir, you or anybody have to read we the riot act about rights and responsibilities. Somebody have to say it Mr Mayor, you understand, it is bout de culture – and I hear nuff about respect the culture from Ras Kommanda and Respect de Calypso from Gypsy and plenty more!
Already trying hard enough to not see the drugs and guns slipping through we borders in this borderless world, like we try hard to not see the Sahara dust, now we have to pretend that the Arab Spring thing too will pass, but we have to be careful, Mr Mayor, because if at least we could learn from history, though some historians can’t and we should send them back to school, to get a real education, and school days are happy happy days, not with all this headache and bacchanal because if we doh learn we goin feel and no one will be left unscathed if what they saying about the Arab Spring fever is true.
Them things have no passport saying ‘I is a Trini’, like you, me and Benjai, yet it seems no Rottweiler nor Doberman, nor Pitbull could ban them and chase them away, so they bulldoze their way through we borders, Machel-like Like a Boss, blowing over from the Arabian desert and across them there Gulf seas and onto we oceans and look them now hanging over we own Gulf of Paria, and over the skyscapes and settling on the landscapes like if they are home with their Jahaji Bhai and nah leaving, and only prepared to just wine to the side like plenty TriniBagonians no matter how hard they trying to push we out.
Watered by the Ganges and the Nile, it look just like an Arab Spring, you don’t think, Mr Mayor Sir? Is Lent. Time to Repent, and it is not just because Sparrow and Capitalism Gone Mad. Time to join Sandra Voices From the Ghetto and Rudder for High Mas.
It ain’t nice, this Arab Spring fever; it could be too late, Mr Mayor Sir, mark meh prophesying words, it could be too late when the clouds clear, check the Economist.
Mr Honourable Mayor, Sir, the prognosis is this thing as deadly as Zika because it could cause everybody henceforth to be born with small heads, and smaller brains and other parts too, if you know what I mean – if that is possible, for some.
It may be, Honourable Worship, Sir, that this is the climate change that the world has been tra-la-la-ing ‘bout – tout bagai. It’s been coming, coming like a the Buurokeets Carnival band descneding down Calvary Hill, coming for the last 30 years, springing from all the failed dreams and hopes of the people since Independence, from One Love, jumping over the split-ups and the mash-ups, the attempted coup that still haunting us, the deadlock, and re-wedlocks and woman time and them time and we time. Chaguanas West wiggle its finger, warning and still no one listen and then we vote in and we vote out and it still seem nobody listening and now it here, and it on we doorstep, chanting a Womantra but is really an eternal and age old chant for freedom.
Your Worship, it going to need plenty plenty prayers and it going to need plenty plenty inspiring and forward looking and thinking leadership if we going to avoid the mess that the Economist say the rest of them Arab Spring timers in. As respectable and honourable a gentleman as I am sure you are Sir, who loves and cares for women just as much as the other guy and as an honoured and respected leader of men, as you have proven since you already take the lead in resigning and we hope some of them others will follow the leader and do the same too and admit that they need some education in civics and gender sensitivity, not to mention in diplomacy, and culture sensitivity.
But more about that for when we meet nah. You know, we still have that meeting pending. I don’t care that come tomorrow you don’t have office nor title. Boy, believe me, I know the feeling as you well know they trying that thing with me too – they say I have no office nor either, so they say. But Your Worship, Sir, I could show you how you don’t need either to serve the people, serve the people, serve the people.
Join me, let we start the education nah – gender, culture, diplomacy, civics, rights, responsibilities and respect, yes, respect – that’s what the people want because the people ent takng dat so, check 3Canal, they always welcoming people, ordinary people, everyday people, fighting to see we way, with no office or title or power, join we, nah, and leh we give the people what the people want – truth, rights, bread and justice, respect.
I will be the first to admit, all this must sound to you like literary fiction, like it does to plenty others, or like one of them crazy, loony vagrants in some madman rant Rudder-style who take shelter right under the eye and office of the Mayor – no respect for the office, if not the man, nah, all day, all night sprawling under the spreading samaan trees brought from India like me foreparents, and pouting poui trees planted in Woodford Square – to cover up what – you cyar tell meh, ent? Well, I bet you, neither can them who call themselves historians.
Mr Mayor, all I ask, humble bared naked and shorn off costume, decorations office and title, join me leh we boom up the history of betrayal and violence in we blood-soaked soil – domestic violence, verbal violence, gun violence, violence against women and children, tourists and ordinary people too who are just collateral damage. We would start by educating the educators who responsible for educating others, eh, what yuh say? We could talk some more more about that when we meet, you name the date, I named the place – on that bench in Woodford Square – you know the one I mean.
And Happy Valentines, since I know you probably not feeling too much love right now, I sending you its kin, some Peace – by the song in that link, Peace, and the image in this page with a message for this civic agreement to sign both that was given to me three decades ago when I left my home for the first time for a foreign land on the trust that the host country will keep me safe and return me safely home. It did. That was Japan, and the image, the ancient Caligrapher who only signed his name as you see it there, told me it means Peace. I am sharing that with you, as well as the photo of that monument that preserves the horrendous ravishes of war, which we hope, we can save our country from, and from the Arab wasteland, create our own Spring of the Happiest People Alive.
Nuff Respect.
Kris Rampersad,
of no fixed place of abode

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Where The Air Is Rare. Surmounting the Odds A year in the life of… The incredible year that was 2018 in Review

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Woman of the Year 2018

In all of this, there is only one most obvious choice for Woman of  the Year. Ma. 

More below.  
Recapping 2018: Emerging from Natural and Manmade  Social, Cultural & Political Turmoil. Even as the political world grapples with the inadequacies of its democratic systems (Guyana, UK-Europe/Brexit; USA, and T&T goes into election mode – the list is long;) crumbling from the pressures of not just reconciling diverse interests and imbalances in access to resources, but greed, corruption and mismanagement; as the conventional media world continue to crumble with some notable icons of the reign of the printing press laid to rest; as conventional institutional systems cling to crumbling walls and structures made irrelevant by the virtual realm; when fake news, alternative facts and half truths grip reality, there are still core strengths, values and relationships that hold eternally true…

… In this incredible year – one which could have been most static, but which with the love, strength, support and encouragement of valued friends and wellwishers – became one that is most eventful, thanks to many remarkable men and women, some of whom are represented in this roadmap of actions targeting global and personal goals in efforts to end poverty, promote quality education and lifelong learning, thrive for gender equity, enhance cultural and social inclusion, environmental conservation that will allow for healthy lifestyles, clean air, water, oceans, sanitation, inclusive cities, partnerships.  It takes one plus many other ones, no matter what your circumstances and in the end, all global actions are first local.



Saying Farewell:

From the January farewell to former UWI Principal and President George Maxwell Richards who, with his wife, Dr Jean Ramjohn Rchards kept their doors and hearts open and lent unstiting endorsement and support to my literary, education and outreach endeavours towards what are personl drive to make our living spaces more amenable that at the same time speak to international goals and targets towards respect, inclusion, equity and empowerment with Quality Lifelong Education (SDG 4); decent work (SDG 8);  industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), reduce inequalities (SDG 10)  sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)  Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Global Partnerships SDG 17): Tea With Presidents https://goo.gl/ZHo31y
-the passing of oneof the best examples of defying mortal odds, Stephen Hawking in March with whom I had a strange encounter from my days at Cambridge University and thereafter and from which will strengthen efforts with a universal perspective towards Goal 3: Quality Healthy Lives and Promote Well Being; Climate Action, Clean Energy, air, Water & Sanitation:  My Collision with Stephen Hawkins: https://goo.gl/Fx47Ak
LiTTributes to Laureates
Education, Lifelong Learning
Inclusive ommunities securing legacies




-the not unexpected passing of Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul in August  for whom the world is sadder if only it does not fully appreciate the injustices it has poured on one of the finest minds that has spanned the 20th and 21st centuries. The insights in offered into his work placed Demokrissy among the trending new of the global think tanks hungering for refreshing interpretations of our realities in the face of the reign of obtuse, biased and fake newsdom.  In his honour and for the passing previously of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, we launch an initial Year of LiTTributes and are inviting partners and sponsors interested in exploring his under appreciated legacy in efforts to support  Quality Lifelong Education (SDG 4); decent work (SDG 8);  industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), reduce inequalities (SDG 10)  sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)  Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Global Partnerships (SDG 17); 

Year Long Tribute for Nobel Laureates.
Expand global cultural connections
To Partner email lolleaes@gmail.com
Like coochoor? The Funeral Scores musical
and otherwise: For Sir Vidia Naipaul
https://goo.gl/XjtMNs
Reflections Death of Sir Vidia S Naipaul https://goo.gl/o3xVTU

 – the unexpected and shocking September loss of the ‘Magician’ who was the wand weaver in my personal miracle and from which lookng onwards to 2019 will expand and launch new initiatives for Good Health and Well Being (SDG 3); Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6);Climate Action (SDG 13), Clean Air Healthy Oceans (SDG 14) and  Life on Land (SDG 15) for conservation, reduction in pollution and improvement of the quality of life in the world in which we live.

– Even as we celebrate the ascenion to office of the first female President, Paula Mae Weeks n March and Mia Mottley to the Prime Ministership of Barbados, the brutal slaying of fellow gender activist, a tragic end to te remarkable work of a national award holder, Haseena Ali, at her home that added to a list of gender brutality. It recalled, too, the murders of Claire Broadbridge, and Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal previously both of which are still stuck in the judicial system, and emphasis the ongoing need to strengthen efforts for Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16), Gender Equality (SDG 5) Quality Lifelong Education (SDG 4); decent work (SDG 8);  industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), reduce inequalities (SDG 10)  sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and Global Partnerships (SDG 17) Murder and the
Museum 
http//goo.gl/FHs3FrWoman in the
mirror
https://goo.gl/pvnX9dMurder She Wrote: Death Written in
Stone in Dana Seetahal Assassination

Creating Centres of Peace in
Trinidad and Tobago

The Price of Independence:#DanaSeetahalAssassination


Crosssection Articles on Climate Action
Environment Health Pollution Control,
Natural Disaster Risk Preparedness

-the passing of several other cultural icons as in steelpan, Ellie Manette, Ken Professor Philmore, IndoCaribbean culture as classical singer Jameer Hosein, comedian John Agitation broadcster June Gonsalves, calypsonians Lord Superior and the Mighty Shadow who inspired, in the wake of the devastating October floods that inspired my Symphony of Snakess as a foreshadow and warning of indiscriminate housing, construction, pollution and state mismangement practices and for which Demokrissy raised awareness on the import ance of maintaining a healthy information flow in times of natural disasters with a view to impact Good Health and Well Being (SDG 3); Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6);Climate Action (SDG 13), Clean Air Healthy Oceans (SDG 14) and  Life on Land (SDG 15):

Dr Shadow’s Snakess Symphony: https://goo.gl/tB6WhE


As with the spurts from the mud volcano at Devil’s WoodYard in the wake of the Earthquake Aug 2018 https://goo.gl/myXCAQ

Disaster Risk Reduction & Management 101 Flood Relief here to Go How to Helphttps://goo.gl/4LkUMy
Flood Disaster Trinidad: Plan your evacuation warnings issued https://goo.gl/PRpXhb
Rio Claro Through the Kristal Bowl


 And  to The CELEBRATIONS:

-Gender: Articulation of the national vision for women in lead offices with the inauguration of the first female President, Justice Paula Mae Weekes in March.

Changing the Conversation on Gender and Leadership https://goo.gl/GM4XpY





Gender Bender Mia Mottley takes political helm in Barbados https://goo.gl/xL3DEd  




Then there were efforts at promoting cultural inclusion, respect, understanding and appreciation of diversity, bridging intergenerational divide, elederly appreciation, engaging youth, empowering communities in keeping with  Quality Lifelong Education (SDG 4); decent work (SDG 8);  industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), reduce inequalities (SDG 10)  sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)  Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Global Partnerships (SDG 17). 


National Recognition
Women underrepresented
 says gold medalist
Dr Kris Ramprsd



 I would meet President Weekes briefly in September as she pinned on the National Medal (Gold) for Development of Women in the spheres for Journalism/Development of Women and some light banter during the photo opp following on ‘shoes that should not be hidden by our gowns” and take the opportunity to point out the ongoing levels of inequalities represented in the National Awards when facing the media that night. It is to bridge tis invisibility that I spearheaded several award schemes for not ust women, but media, literature, the arts and culture, having been so awarded myself. I hope to deepen this with relevant partnerships in the coming year.

 It is that responsibility to create a better space for others that all the women we have promoted to high office owe to our society, as in the election by Barbados of its first female Prime Minister in Mia Mottley following on the election of Portia Simpson in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago of Kamla Persad-Bissessar along those in leading political offices, in the Parliament, in the legal fraternity, in education, and elsewhere:  towards Gender equality (Goal 5) as well as Quality Lifelong Education (SDG 4); decent work (SDG 8);  industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), reduce inequalities (SDG 10)  sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)  Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Global Partnerships (SDG 17). The Walk of Excellence: a life in 60 seconds to receive the National Award for the Development of Women: https://goo.gl/wk4pBx ;

The real heroine of this moment for me remains my mother in whose honour I accepted as the potential of all women if afforded the opportunities she sacrified so we could excel. 

One moment in time: story of a
storyteller extraordinaire:
https://goo.gl/xn1XfC
 What My Mother told me: https://goo.gl/CxBJrr

We get strength and resolve from unexpected quarters when we most need it, and these came from several unexpected avenues both from the familiar and the unfamiliar.
– This was spiced up and enhanced by 
The surprise and dramatic appearance of my infant ABC teacher, the spunky year old Octagenarian Miss Olive, at our exciting LiTTribute to ToronTTo series partly hosted by the Zoomers Association of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto (ZATTIC) and one of my mid-career editors Raynier Maharaj and the Independent Newspaper and associates in effort to enhance.  Quality Lifelong Education (SDG 4); decent work (SDG 8);  industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), reduce inequalities (SDG 10)  sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)  Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Global Partnerships (SDG 17);

Sharing the knowledge: Media in Transition

– an interview with Canadian-base Allattra TV for  its Universal Grain initiative. Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Global Partnerships (SDG 17);


– Following the insights offered on the role of gender and leadersip in social change; as Newsday, one of the media institutions in whose founding I was involved, celebrated its 25th anniversary, I shared some reflections and insights on the role of media in social change and transformation at a time when the efforts at truth, solid and proactive journalism for social change is needed more than ever, even in the face of evooving roles of conventional media with the spirit of new media.

  







– There too was another surprise encounter at an impromptu LiTTour where surfaced the sacred ground of Canada’s First Peoples, still one of  Tronoto’s best kept secret followed by intimate insights into the crumbling world of a centuries-old missionary endeavour in the face of evolving multiculturalism and appreciation of diversity and the profound blessings of Catholic Reverend Father Terry Gallagher, one of the few remaining priests of the aging Toronto Scarboro Missions. 

 sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)  Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Global Partnerships (SDG 17);

Those experiences  would have made my year, but there was so much more. 


It was preceeded by the LiTTribute to the Americas towards awakening and deepening the consciousness of our intrinsic connections in the American diaspora on the vast potential of cultural heritage encounters to education and the creative industries.


Here was the healing touch of another primary school teacher, Miss Marion whose incredible drive and optimism is the kind of  surfaced to link to the LiTTribute to the Americas with the Trinidad and Tobago diaspora where Kamal Abdool, Anglican Father Winston Joseph and  from the series that continues its journeying and will explore new cross cultural continental connections in the year ahead. sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)  Peace Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16) and Global Partnerships (SDG 17)…It brings into sharp focus how our losses are the gains of others and what we are losing for national develoment when we push our best mentors and trainers out. 




-The vision for promoting the seamlessness on a cross cultural platform that bridge religious divides, and intergenerational gaps, fostering elderly appreciation, uniting diverse groups  through culture, where diversity sparks curiosity and interest and inquiry and understanding, rather than tear apart, could not have been better exemplified in this literary odyssey and we look forward to the new connections to be forged.

Discovering New Talent! Forays into Fiction & Music
While trying to create and broaden opportunities in the creative sector and advancing creative synergies for young and old, I also stepped up efforts to release some of my own work, including fiction and others in a mixture of genres and exploring adaptations into new media forms and formats, more of which will be released this coming year.  



And so too I even discovered some of my own latent talents – and with the help of musicician maestro Randolph Karamath, I made an unexpected musical/steelpan debut, playing some old and enduring folk classical strains on one of the world’s newest instruments, the steelpan – a crowning achievement of the year! Can’t wait to find out what new talents will surface this year!   

A proud moment with Ma
 at the launch of my first book

  
  In all of this, there is only one most obvious choice for Woman of  the Year.

 Ma.
Her own amazing journey as she enters her nonagenarian year. Nonagerian is the word for someone entering their nineties….and it seems apt as she seems non-aging in her sharp mind and incredible wit, while body displays its mortal limitations. She remains the spring and source of inspiration forwards as we look forward to further inroads in the literary journeys which promises to exapnd into deepening perspectives on connections Europe, Asia – India, China, Africa and Australia this coming year, while at home we still pound at the doors to open up our education and other systems to the vast vistas appreciation of our multicultural streams can…. To book an event or for enquiries email lolleaves@gmail.com

And this was all in a vvery slow year!
Thank you all who have bouyed me, been my strength and support. 
While most of these are public moments, there were many private one too, with family, friends and wellwishers who keep us keeping on. This is a year in the life of, a day, in which the unforgiving minute is filled with 60 plus seconds of distance walked, and run. 
  See video here recapping some of those incredible moments… and more to follow on the plans and resolutions in which you all have a role for 2019!


Here are some of the highlights of 2018 from Demokrissy: 

International Women’s Day: Believe in Yourself:






























Can women make a difference to the development landscape and if so how? How can she serve the needs of youth, reducing crime, creating avenues of access for women and girls… #PressforProgress #WealthOfWomen
 See more https://goo.gl/KTu858
https://goo.gl/oCk1PB




A Celebration of Arrivals: 
literary genius through song music dance soca/calypso tassa and steelpan…  See more: https://goo.gl/ENz3GG

Extracts from my upcoming AutoBiography LIFE! HoleHeartedly! 
StephenHawking straddled science & fiction reflecting on our colliding cosmos, thought and an actual collision RIP 



…You might say I was, as he is, motor-challenged myself; 



I become aware that someone is looking at us. I turn. My attention is drawn to the twinkle in his eyes, …The frail man nods again
… see more: https://goo.gl/ihvZv7


Women Power Leadership Inauguration of Trinidad and Tobago’s
 First Female President Paula Mae Weekes
For developmental policy policy analyses email  see more: https://goo.gl/9qRByT


As we look forward to engaging with outer communities across the globe, and connect with other diasporas, through another Year of LiTTributes in the Americas, Europe and UK, Asia, africa and Australia, we recall the association with the Trinidad and Tobago Diaspora Corp, and Chapter 2 of our Florida Expositions will be A Journey of Silks and Spices, Heritage Routes of the Americas A Reading & A Roti…https://goo.gl/ADJQEs


Its World Heritage Day.
Come join us and hear about the unique creative potential of the Caribbean cultural connections with the Americas through cultural heritage 

Hear about the food culture, heritage routes, the silk routes, the spice roots and under explored connections with the Americas.

Sunday April 22, 2018 from  pm at Lallo’s Restaurant in Lauderhill
Saturday April 21 at South County Civic Centre, Delray Beach, Miami
Book Now
Book You Copies of LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction: Limited Edition
Limited Copies  Heirloom publication of our disappearing landscapes and cultures.
 click on you tube video links



Global education statistics suggest that boys lag behind in reading in a campaign  #Don’tForgetTheBoys.
The experience of our boys are different.
Our efforts look beyond the statistics and engage boys and girls of all ages to appreciate reading in  novel ways through culture-specific forms as we promote inclusive societies.
We are redefining multiculturalism to bridge the gaps between generations, between cultures, between genders and scaling walls that create inequity and discrimination through literacy and literary elderly and intergenerational appreciation. For See more:  https://goo.gl/mhm4p2.   Enquirie?s email lolleaves@gmail.com

My Musical Debut: on the steelpan, the national instrument, with tutor Randolph Karamath.
The steelpan and calypsonian along with other national and homegrown village festivals and festivities are featured in the section FesTTscapes in LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction.


Our Creative Conversation – synergies between the literary and performing arts in the spirit of Exploration, Entertainment Education and Empowerment through Novel lenses with music, song, dance, and recitation. Engaging generations. All ages. All interests. Tailor made to your events and special occasions. By Request Only.
Learn more. Next stop Toronto. #LiTTributeToToronto https://goo.gl/TaFYnc
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Dr Kris Rampersad, author, heritage educator and journalist, has urged the diverse populations of the Americas to build bridges through walls.



Rampersad is on a literary tour dubbed LiTTribute to the Americas 2018 across North America and Canada aimed to promote intercultural dialogue showcase the connections with literary heritage and other experiences of peoples of the Americas inspired by her commemorative book LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction. LiTTscapes has been hailed for its efforts at bridging the gaps among the diverse cultures of the Caribbean.

Dr Kris Rampersad, author, heritage educator and journalist, has urged the diverse populations of the Americas to build bridges through walls.Rampersad is on a literary tour dubbed LiTTribute to the Americas 2018 across North America and Canada aimed to promote intercultural dialogue showcase the connections with literary heritage and other experiences of peoples of the Americas inspired by her commemorative book LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction. LiTTscapes has been hailed for its efforts at bridging the gaps among the diverse cultures of the Caribbean.

The Canadian appearances begin as guest of the Zoomers’ Association annual Mothers’ Day celebrations at the Erin View Residence Hall, Mississauga, Ontario …for your own event requests email lolleaves@gmail.com
Speaking at A Celebration of Arrivals in South Florida USA last week accompanied by steelpan music, calypso, and dances, Dr Rampersad told of how these cultural forms were the bedrock of the literary culture. Creating linkages between the two can encourage appreciation of literature and encourage reading that can foster greater appreciation of other peoples and cultures, she said. se more: 



It’s our royal wedding of island and continental culture.
Spicing up appetites with creative conversation our LiTTribute to the Americas Canada Section continue LiTTributes to ToronTTO with our global journeys through the Landscapes of Fiction at @Windies Restaurant, Scarborough Toronto this Sunday….
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What is the role of the Royal Ontario Museum​ and like arts, film,  music, performance and culture institutions in advancing post colonial societies?
How can the media  in both mainstream and ethnic communities better represent the multicultural spectrum of Canadian diversity?
How can we better utilise the vast numbers of cultural arenas and mechanisms to bridge cultural
divides and create the connected world touted by the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau with his multisectrum Cabinet?
How can they better serve the array of cultural communities through the multicultural policy directions of Canada and our …see more:https://goo.gl/oXEyqu


Cover Girls edge Meghan-Prince Harry off the front page!
Centuries into the women’s liberation movement, it may still be everygirl’s dream to marry, and to a Prince, but who would think that the Royal Wedding mania that has gripped Canada through Toronto could be upstaged by a revolution!
Toronto is gripped with pride as the city that intiated the romance …see more https://goo.gl/SFDsV2

Who was your first teacher? Who taught you ABCs and encouraged your love of books? Tag him or her.
My first teacher, the woman who taught me to read, Miss Olive, now 80 years old, showed up at my LiTTribute to ToronTTo tribute to mothers Motherlands and Mothercultures jogged my memory of my earliest encounters with reading in my infant class and triggered memories that helped me connect early beginnings to my efforts at creating culture-friendly reading and learning materials….
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Who says the Monarchy is not media friendly eh?

A picture, they say, tells a thousand words … so what would they say of this one, eh, of encounters across the Commonwealth and winning the Prince’s trust.
I pause for HRH Prince Charles to finish his walk of pride with the Star-Spangled bride of Hollywood Meghan Markle on his arms to be wedded to my charming jahai bhai, Prince Harry. Looking forward to … Our LiTTribute to ToronTTo is dedicated to our Commonwealth family through novel lenses of Commonwealth fiction. See you, in spirits of our Commonwealth at our Reading and a Roti at Windies Restaurant, Toronto this Sunday at 3 pm for more of these Commonwealth Conversations, beyond the days of Rum, Curry and Cricket. Oh Canada!


My first teacher, the woman who taught me to read, Miss Olive, now 80 years old, showed up at my LiTTribute to ToronTTo tribute to mothers Motherlands and Mothercultures …


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Congratulations to Mia Mottley, another Caribbean woman to break through the political glass
ceiling!
Let’s change the conversation on gender, leadership and development. What does her clean sweep of the polls, leaving no opposition in Parliament mean for governance in a traditional two party political system? What lessons can she learn from her sisters in the Caribbean, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Portia Simpson?
Would her policy and decision maing agenda make a difference to the entrenched culture of politics, culture of business, culture of corruption, culture of crime and criminality, culture of discrimination, marginalisation, opportunism, nepotism and entitlem


The increasing incident of violence and extremism in schools emerged as a core concern of educators, parents, religious, community and cultural heads identified the sense of alienation by migrant and first generations and challenges with adapting to their adopted societies.

The concerns were raised during the LiTTributes to ToronTTo…see link: https://goo.gl/K7zxry

June: Expanding the literary presentaions: The world of Fiction

July














August: Saying Farewell to Sir Vidia Naipaul:





September:
In Celebration of Newsday’s 25th Anniversary


Receving the  National Award for Development of Women (Gold) and recap of the The Walk of Excellence in the ‘unforgiving minute’ of 60 seconds worth of distance run. 
October

Dr Shadow’s Snakess Symphony: https://goo.gl/tB6WhE








November:
Reading as sedition:

I Read Therefore I Crime: Reading, Crime Censorship Cultural Conditioning and The Sedition Act

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I think, therefore I am!
I Read therefore I crime!
It is so traceable, so many of our cultural attitudes and behaviour, nurtured and conditioned by hand me down colonial intelligence and practiced by the new massas.
We do not have far to go to see the roots of criminalising of intelligence, the quest for knowledge, and critical thinking, even by the institutions charged with protecting them,would rather expend their energies to seek to criminalise attempts like this to raise consciousness about the oversight and  plagarise rather than do active research and work to get meaningful revisions. So one doesnt have to go far to understand that all talk about building a knowledge economy is all hot air! It feeds a national climate of insecurity that extends way beyond crimes of violence.



December: Woman of the Year



I have always been home for Christmas, no matter how far away I roam.
The pieces represented here tell those tales,…
In a year that began and ended in sighs and for many a sense of despair…


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May:
Another Woman Takes the Helm Caribbean Politics: https://goo.gl/wU2mvU
The Prince and I Royal Rendevouz Across the Commonwealth: https://goo.gl/9pMKgJ
Heritage a Vehicle for Understanding Violent Extremism: https://goo.gl/K7zxry
The increasing incident of violence and extremism in schools emerged as a core concern of educators, parents, religious, community and cultural heads identified the sense of alienation by migrant and first generations and challenges with adapting to their adopted societies.
The concerns were raised during the LiTTributes to ToronTTo…see link: https://goo.gl/K7zxry
Our Knowledge Revolution Thank a Teacher: https://goo.gl/Hg23sK
Royal Wedding in Toronto Upstaged
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From Village to Global Village: https://goo.gl/C3ofos
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Women Leadership and Power: Empowering the Presidency: https://goo.gl/9qRByT
My Collission with Stephen Hawkings. View from the Cosmos: https://goo.gl/ihvZv7
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