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Archive for September, 2009


Big Papa's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Big Papa’s Restaurant & Sports Bar was a big disappointment. We went on a night the restaurant had advertised specials, but we found the menu limited because supposedly it was the regular chef’s night off. It was also the regular waiter’s night off, and the replacement knew nothing and could do less. They also had no fruit juices or sodas, only alcoholic drinks to offer. The food was not very good and the price was high.

They offer “free” Internet and we had our laptop with us. The Internet was free, but the wireless connection did not work, and they demanded $5 for “electricity” and to use a wired connection. The wait for the food was over an hour. And coffee at the end of dinner came in a tiny espresso cup, but was regular coffee. This place is only steps from two good restaurants, the Purple Turtle and the Blue Bay. We suggest you go to one of them instead.

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We’re in love with stuff – with shopping, with owning, with collecting.

Our obsession with stuff has become unhealthy. When we have a void in our lives, we buy things. When we have problems, we buy things.This obsession with stuff leads to owning a lot, and yet this stuff doesn’t fill our lives with meaning.

It leads to deep debt, from buying so much, and financially we’re worse off than ever, because of this obsession with stuff.

We buy things when we’re depressed, we buy things for others to show how much we love them … and in this way, stuff has separated us from actually dealing with our emotions, blocked us from truly connecting with others.

Let’s replace that lust for stuff with a lust for life.

Here is an idea – Rediscover a passion for life. Get outside and feel nature, appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

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There are times on the weekends, when I just lounge lazily on the bed with my nephews and just abandon all my daily concerns, and just play.Or I’ll sit and just watch them play, pretending they’re superheros or shooting each other with stick guns.

It never fails to leave me with a sense of wonder, of pure joy, of a return to innocence and a simpler time. As grown ups, we’ve lost this childlike sense of life. And that’s actually a sad thing. As grown ups here in the nature isle, we’ve lost this childlike sense of life. And that’s actually a sad thing.

Being more childlike is not just about happiness and innocence, it helps us to be more creative, more imaginative, more innovative and open to worlds of possibilities. These are some of the qualities we need instilled in many of our Dominican leaders today.

We could learn a lot from children. Sure, they have qualities we might not want, but in my eyes, they are already perfect. We don’t need to mold them into people, nor shouldn’t we abandon our responsibilities as parents, but we can learn a lot from children and be more like them in some ways.

How to be more childlike

We must first acknowledge that no change is immediate, that any change worth keeping takes time. Start by deciding to ditch caution and to give this a try. Start by identifying the qualities of children you’d like to emulate: curiosity, play, living in the moment, abandoning worries, imagination, creativity, pure joy.

Q:Could it be that going back to innocent child like perception could once again make our leaders intelligent, honest and solution focused human beings instead of mindless fearful lemmings?

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