Thoughtful Thursdays is a new segment that I’ll send out to my Insiders List every two weeks. Each email will contain up to five things that I’ve found interesting or inspirational.
I won’t be bound by field of study or discipline; I hope to share articles, books, and other media from various sources and backgrounds.
On this page I will document each edition, sorted by date. I welcome your comments and feedback so I can make this endeavor more useful for all!
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Here are links to each published edition of the Thoughtful Thursdays emails. Simply click a date to jump to the corresponding post.
July 4, 2019 - #1
After being destroyed during Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015, award winning Jungle Bay Eco Villas officially reopened its doors on June 30, 2019! Now located at Morne Acouma in Soufriere, the five-star resort opens with 30 villas and will expand to 85 over the next year. Developer, Sam Raphael gave heartfelt remarks, some of which can be read here.
"Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter." -- I came across this quote in a TED Talk, Telling the African Story: Komla Dumor. Dumor is a journalist with the BBC and his talk is humorous and thought-provoking. He speaks about the importance of telling a balanced story about a continent that has been misrepresented for centuries.
On July 2, 2019, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in different areas of Chile and Argentina to witness a total solar eclipse. This was the first for the region in more than 400 years! I found a couple videos (here and here) and a few incredible images (here and here) showing the 'moment of totality.'
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again." - Theodore Roosevelt.
I came across this powerful quote in an audio book: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. In the video below, I’ve fast-forwarded to the section where Dr. Brown mentions the Roosevelt quote in this 2013 presentation.
Lacoste in collaboration with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has chosen the Mountain Chicken as one of 10 threatened animal species for their "Save Our Species" campaign for 2019. Kudos to our own local conservation practitioners who work diligently to raise awareness and protect species such as our Mountain Chicken!
July 18, 2019 - #1
Last week was 'graduation week' in Dominica, as several schools bid farewell to successful students. Out of the hundreds of photos and smiling faces of proud families, one story caught my attention. Donna Popo, sister of recent high school graduate, Eli, gave a heartfelt expose (click SEE MORE to read the full post!):
All most of us really want out of life is happiness. Sam Berns (at age 17 in this video) had the secret to achieving this. He breaks down the secret into three bullet points in his 2013 TEDx talk, My Philosophy for a Happy Life. He is funny, eloquent and sadly, no longer with us. However, his words can be a guiding light on your own journey to happiness.
"The impediment to action, advances action. What stands in the way, becomes the way." - Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor.
I came across this quote in a book, "The Obstacle is the Way" by Ryan Holiday, and the words have stuck with me (I listened via Audible). You might doubt that words from an ancient Roman emperor have any relevance to your life, but we all face adversity... right? While we might not face obstacles such as those faced by Martin Luther King Jr or Abraham Lincoln, reading their stories and strategies put my own struggles into perspective.
Kudos to the entrepreneurs who have positioned themselves to provide goods and services to the hotels that will soon serve the north of Dominica. One such entrepreneur is Marvin Daniel who runs a fish farm called Northern Aquaculture Dominica. He recently hosted the executive chef of the soon-to-be-launched Cabrits Resort Kempinski. If all goes well, he will be able to supply fresh shrimp to the five-star resort.
Two weeks ago, regions of South America experienced a full solar eclipse that resulted in amazing images such as this one. Yesterday, many more regions (South America, Europe, Africa, regions of Asia and Australia) experienced a partial lunar eclipse. The eclipse coincided with the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo launch which put two men on the moon! Here are a few images from the eclipse here, here and here.