Showing posts from May, 2014

Maya Angelou Tribute

The phenomenal poet, activist and historian Maya Angelou was called home today at the age of 86.
While this news is very sorrowful to hear... I think we can all agree that Maya Angelou has left the world in a better place than she found and she will be missed dearly. She connected with so many souls through her literacy works sharing her love and wisdom. I really wish I could of attended a lecture of hers, I am sure just being in Maya Angelou's presence was enlightening. Rest In Peace Queen!

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
- from the works Letter to My Daughter

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

To choose a fav…

Fukushima plant is pumping "clean" water back into the Pacific Ocean?

Hmmm not sure about this one here...
Is this groundwater that is being released really "clean" I would think that it would be somewhat "tainted" wouldn't you?  And the most recent update states that Japan's nuclear regulator has signed off on plans to construct an underground ice wall around the decommissioned Fukushima nuclear power plant. I understand that the plan to create a frozen ice wall will slow down the spillage and radioactive build-up... but I am curious as to what the next plan of action will be if the ice wall is a success? If! Sending lots of love to Japan...kinda of sucks because I once dreamed of visiting Japan but this mess has me questioning whether or not Japan is still in my top 5 countries to visit.

"Tepco said 560 tonnes of groundwater captured and stored before it entered the basements is to be released on Wednesday, using a bypass system that funnels it toward the sea after checking for radiation levels. Using the bypass, Tepc…

Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) force fed under standard Guantánamo Bay procedure


Art in the Virgin Islands

The week before last on May 9th my father Augustin placed 3rd in a local art show. I posted this on my personal Facebook but forgot to post it to the blog. The theme was "Seeing Red" and my dad had a painting that he knew would fit this theme. Of course he dressed with the theme in mind. I love my pops! 
Last week Friday May 16th Shomo Art Studios featured some their work at an art show Aubrey Artworks put together at the Virgin Island Council of the Arts. Here is a photo of a few bottles done by Shomo himself. Before the show my cousin Simone and I met up to have a few margaritas and nachos at Greengos. I love that place.

Virgin Islands Walk/Run Against Gun Violence

May 18th 2014 Jared and I ran a 2 mile run/walk for gun violence here in St. Thomas. I really enjoyed running for the cause and I continue to pray for a change because these islands are so beautiful.
The race was surely a tune-up I hadn't been running in a while so I was not sure how I would perform. I just took my time at the start and then paced myself for the finish.
I ended up placing 2nd in my age group...but please don't ask me what my time was... haha!
My time was definitely nothing a matter a fact there was a 60 year old lady who beat me by a minute+. God bless her... I pray to be just as fit when I get older. She was a hot mama and inspiration to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

1st Annual Slider Showdown at Yacht Haven Grande

Last week Saturday (May 17th 2014) Jared of shomophoto ;) shot some photos for IGY Yacht Haven Grande. The Marina was hosting the 1st Annual Slider Showdown benefiting the All Saints Cathedral School.
I decided to set my anxiety aside and pick up a camera and shoot this event with him...Jared is always encouraging me to shoot with him but I get a little anxious because honestly I have not mastered manual focusing nor having the proper ISO, AWB, etc etc settings yet.
Although this wasn't my first time shooting an was my first time in a long time and I am happy I decided to shoot with him. I really gained a little bit more confidence and understanding, check out some of the photos we ...well mostly Jared shot lol. It was a really fun day out on the lawn at YHG I seen a few friends and my cousin Crystal.

This was a great event and I am looking forward to the next one.

Kung Fu Kitten playing with Zoë's tail

Here is our kitten Storm Cloud playing with Zoë's tail...Zoë is always a good sport about it.

The Kung Fu Kitten Masters

So last month we "rescued" FIVE kittens that we found in our neighborhood. I know that sounds a bit crazy but when we found them they were very young and malnourished. I mean how can one not want to step in and help. The plan was to nurse the kittens back to health and then find them homes or give them to The Humane Society. But after having them for a few weeks they started to grow on us well more so

Each cat has their own personality. We have officially named 3 of the 5 kittens:
Vision, Storm Cloud and Josie aka Curious George.

Here is a short clip of the kittens practicing their Mixed Martial Arts. We got a little Kitty Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu and a little Wrestling enjoy!

Chicken update

Here is a clip of our chickens devouring coconut meat.

Coconut is an extremely healthy food to integrate into your flocks diet. Even if you cannot get fresh coconut I would recommend getting coconut shavings to add to your feed. I have seen in my experience that not only is it extremely nutritious for your birds, the coconut oil will help produce shiny colorful feathering on your birds. Coconut water and ground coconut is what I usually try to give my newborn chicks as their first meal. It is a great boost of hydration and nutrition at the same time.
via backyardchickensupply


RIP Smuggles
7/2010 - 5/2014

I bought you as a gift for my niece but that didn't work out to say the least
I thought about taking you back to the pet shop  and tell them my plan was flop
But then I figured lets not it would all work out if I came up with a plot
You see the following day I was to set to travel and boy was I nervous about what could unravel
So to keep my zen in tack I started to pack
Lots of time spent to make you a little vent sorry for the troubles you underwent
But you didn't have papers so you were traveling illegal  if anything went wrong I would need a paralegal
We made it through TSA without a red flag boy I couldn't wait to get my bag
As we boarded the flight I got rid of all fright 
After the plane ride you no longer had to hide
You acclimated well  and this became my favorite story to tell

So I am still a little sad about Smuggles death but it didn't catch me by surprise I noticed she wasn't doing to well a two days prior to her passing...s…

Too busy worrying about Jay-Z and Solange

While forgetting about these issues:

1. Turkish miners anxiously awaited news of the fate of up to 130 coworkers trapped in a massive mining disaster in Soma, Turkey, where emergency workers on Tuesday were facing a toxic mix of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide while attempting to extract them. Over 270 have died in the country's deadliest mining accident on record.

2. Armed gunmen triumphantly announced the victory of separatist referendums in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. On Monday, pro-Russian groups that organized the vote claimed 89% of Donetsk voters and 96% of Luhansk voters approved of secession from the Ukraine. Already, heavily armed gangs of Russian-friendly militants are asking for the two regions to be assimilated into territorial Russia.

3. Soldiers stand guard in Gamboru village, Nigeria, where suspected Boko Haram militants carried out an unprecedented attack on May 5 that killed 300+ people and razed at least 1,000 shops. Tensions in the …

What means the world to you?

More pics of the Tibetan Mastiff I found on google search...
I must question how someone could spend $2,000,000 on a dog? 

Taking a trip down "cyber" memory lane

As I skim through this blog checking out my old post...I laugh and reflect.
Though I am still not sure if I'd like to make all post "public" just yet  I find it intriguing to see what and where my mind escaped to years ago... I wish I could retrieve my Xanga and Livejournal blogs I created in middle school and high school... that would be a treat! Honestly I cannot remember what my url was exactly..  It was something along the lines of xhugsandkiszesx ...  I remember my best friends Alexis's xanga address was something like xxsunkissedsurfer and Daniela's was something like xkickstartmyheartx.. As we can see here the trend at that time was to have an "x" in your username.
I eventually stopped posting to Xanga because LiveJournal exceed Xanga's design and was user friendly... But of course I cannot remember that log-in information either.  But agholder was and still is a place of retreat for me... in the form an online tack board. I refuse to delete…

Skyzoo, Brooklyn Zoo And Zoo Station

Skyzoo - Dear Whoever
Produced By:Illmind 

This is my favorite Skyzoo song...pure poetry

ODB - Brooklyn Zoo

U2 - Zoo Station

Let's try it again!

Pretty Much!