Friday, April 30, 2010

The Facebook Birthday Phenomena (manna manna)

The interesting thing about having your birthday in this 21st century context is the way people tend to send you many many birthday messages (and write blogs about you). PAGES of birthday messages. The next day, not so much. Thus, May 1st is one giant letdown usually.

But THIS year, nothing is a letdown, cause I am in the Lucia. And I am spending my time with amazing friend and Clinton School dynamo, Judy Watts! Thank you for all the birthday messages, I am reading each one and smiling, but tomorrow, the day after, I am determined to continue smiling because May 1st is just another day I get to spend time doing public service in paradise.

Sidebar - everytime Judy and I discuss "phenomena" we end up singing this:

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Judy does a mean Warrior at our local beach.

Don't Let it Rain on My Parade

When it rains here, it really rains. We have heard much about the drought that just ended. This was our first rainstorm which brought much needed rain to the flora and the fauna of the island.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'm Melting, Meeeeeellllllttttinnnggggg!

Flying in on Sunday, all I could say is the isle of St. Lucia is gorgeous, green and surrounded by blue-green water that goes on forever. After landing, I quickly was rushed to the hotel, where I met one of my hosts, Sean Southey, and he asked if I wanted to start working and I was ready!

But within a few hours of meeting fun board members, and staff, I looked as if I were melting away. Truthfully, I was. I think it is going to take some time for me to get adjusted to the temperature. I mean, I am just not used to this kind of heat. It’s like humid New Orleans and humid Arkansas summers all wrapped up into one. I am just waiting for my body to adjust. Hopefully I revert back to NOLA mode… fast. Someone remarked that I looked as if I were melting.

Which leads me to wonder… what will I do if I don’t adjust. How do I face this challenge proactively?

A few options:

• Maybe I will need to stand in a baby pool at all times. Waiting to just melt into a big Sarah puddle.
• Possibly I will need to carry a full set of towels with me at all times.
• Perhaps I need to invest in clothing that wicks all the moisture from me at all times. I will be in sportswear, but I will be dry.
• Or… maybe I should just exist in the ocean. All those that reside in the ocean are already wet… so I would fit in there.

Where am I not melty? The workshop we are having with 11 country partners to work on our radio serial drama, focused on climate change. Sitting in the workshop, listening to the enthusiasm from our partners has been a gift, and our host, PCI – Media Impact, treats us so well. More to come on partners in this effort, Entertainment – Education, and island life.

Everything is better with Coffee

Many Many Many more blog and vlog postings to come, but in the meantime, look at how delicious each morning looks.