Tending the Temple and Wise Women

How is your haal? What is this haal that you inquire about?  I recently learned that this is how folks greet others in Arabic cultures.  How is your haal? What is this haal that you inquire about?  Or in English – how is your heart doing at this very moment? Something about this struck a chord with me. It is now my greeting of choice because it shows that I really want to hear what your heart is saying. We’ve let the cult of busyness cause us to become disconnected. We ask others how they’re doing without really caring for an answer, without really wanting to hear. And for the brave soul who decides to actually respond, we stare back stunned, because this person has chosen to believe we really have the time to listen or a genuine interest in what they have to say. How is your heart? At this moment, my…

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Grace and Cocktails

There is an incredible urge to me to write this morning. I have felt this way for some time, but I have been hiding from the words.  Sad. You see, I have always connected with myself at the end of my pen. Something on a deeper level will surface, grab me and pull me in when I find the courage to put pen on papers and explore my inner workings and many layers. My words are powerful on many levels – they bring healing, clarity, peace, perspective, and help me extend grace to myself and others as well. Grace. Hmm. Oh, sweet grace. This word fills me up and etches on to the broken spaces within me like no other. It allows me to make meaning of my experiences and what lays before me. It allows me the opportunity to extend grace to myself and give others the grace to be…

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Cocktail & Convo: Let’s talk Child Sexual Abuse

If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that child sexual abuse is a major problem on our island and serious cause for concern. In our final installment of Cocktail & Convo for 2017, we have chosen this very important topic to be our focus.  Please join us as we delve deeper into this topic with a view of protecting our children and exploring ways for healing and care of the abused and vulnerable. In this Cocktails & Conversations, we will explore topics such as: Providing information on the difference between safe and unsafe touching; How parents can teach children the body parts that are considered private; Signs that should be not ignored Ensuring that children are aware of who to go to when they feel unsafe or confused The need to teach children assertive language skills And more… Contributors to the conversation are: Counseling psychologist Josh Hector Abuse survivor…

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Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams Recap

To the 35 people who turned out to last evening’s Cocktails & Conversations, thank you so much. We laughed, we cried, we showed empathy and we engaged in meaningful, and hopefully transformative conversation. Meschida Philip and I did a vid post for those of you who wanted to come but could not, and I’ll be posting some pics to the Facebook page tomorrow.   A million thanks to Sue Brathwaite for allowing us to use her space, The Connection, again and thank you to Melisa Nicholas, the best mixologist in the game for bringing us more tasty cocktails. Thank you also to Eastern Caribbean Rum Co. for sponsoring the cocktail portion of the event and of course, much love to Meschida for debuting her film with the FemmePowered/Cocktails & Conversation audience. Visit Meschida’s website and the documentary’s Facebook page to connect with her and follow her work.  Also stop by…

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Migration, separation, child displacement and barrel children

Over the past year FemmePowered has facilitated meaningful conversations that are woman-centric and community-focused in nature. This year alone we hosted discussions on mental health, finance and investing, disaster preparedness, parenting and discipline. And we are not done yet; in fact, we are on a roll, bringing a new conversation to you this week. On Wednesday FemmePowered will be hosting a Cocktails & Conversation on the issue of barrel children and the impact on the children left behind. If you are from the Caribbean, you are undoubtedly familiar with the concept of barrel children and the impact of parental migration. This time around, we will be showcasing a 12 minute film on the topic – Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams – and this will be followed up by a Q and A wth the filmmaker and open discussions. The film is written and directed by filmmaker Meschida Philip, a Grenadian living in the US and she…

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