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Archive for December, 2008


The year 2008 in Dominica was one of mixed and confusing signals. Oil price rose to the roof, yet the number of cars increased drastically in 2008.

The cost of living went up, and all over the Caribbean, people complained about prices on basic food items – until local governments were force to take drastic measures to ease the burden.

Experts said the economy was improving, but jobs remained scarce. It was a year where Dominica saw the highest crime rate – up by more than 4%.

What’s going on? Out of the confusion of 2008, is there any hope of making reliable predictions about 2009?

Positive Vision

Yes, indeed, there is. The key is to consider the trends, relate them to history, and align them with an impeccable source of the vision of the future—infallible Bible prophecy!

Although 2008 may bring negative trends, a true vision of hope emerges for those with the perspective to see their ultimate outcome.

How will events predicted for the coming year affect you? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Today you can travel around the world faster than it takes to visit the public library or the small bookshop around the corner. Ah – technology and the internet.

What a time-saver! But it has its drawback too. Like the many distractions that waste all the time we should be saying with modern technology; for example television, video grams, music, and of course we can’t forget the internet. I’m guessing – the average Dominican reads two chapters of a book per year. That’s right. Not even one whole book!

As a young lady growing up, my mom (Jennifer Daisy) had to walk for miles, just to borrow a good book, and she would stay up all night reading. To-this-day, I’m still amazed at the amount of information she retained just by reading. Growing up in a poor family, reading was one of the only ways I could travel the world in my own imaginative mind. It wasn’t until her late forties; when my mom received her Associates Degree in Tourism and Hospitality.

Education is more than a college degree. It is a life-long pursuit! As an adult, don’t be fooled into thinking everything worth reading should be read before graduation. And as a parent, don’t mortgage the future of your children by allowing them to waste their most critical years of development on trivialities. Create a reader-friendly environment in the home, and don’t just read – study.

In a way, it’s hard not to be a little envious of my mom, and the broad knowledge she have gain from reading. On the other hand, we’re a position where we can experience the best of both worlds. We can use technology to do greater things in shorter periods of time—and then dedicate free time to do more reading.

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Merry Christmas

This Christmas many of us are focused on celebrating and exchanging gifts but we should not forget to give thanks for the best gift of all.

The gifts of vast areas of pristine rainforest and green-topped mountains generously sprinkled with exotic rivers, streams and waterfalls.

No one in Dominica, even those who live in the heart of Roseau (Capital), is ever more than a few minutes away from up-spoilt nature.

Dominica does not have the sprawling white sand beaches of other Caribbean islands. However, in most places here the water’s edge is not overrun by commercial activities, giving us the very special gift of a fresh, peaceful and private seaside ambiance.

Other countries have similar natural attractions, but they’re usually in far-off regions. Our gift is that our nature sites are concentrated in a relatively small area, making them unusually accessible to residents and visitors. Almost without exception, our natural wonders are never more than a few hours away.

Let’s keep these gifts in mind when we go to church at Christmas to give our Creator His due. We must remember these gifts as we join with our families, friends and neighbours to eat our Christmas treats, and enjoy the holidays.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

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