Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 23rd 2015 Contents and the membership of two associations which she
co-founded: the Home Economics Association of
T&T, of which she was treasurer, and the Diabetes
Association of T&T.
The latter, she said, was based on personal expe-
rience. A diabetic since she began working, Pearl
understood the need to have the right food.
"I realised people didn t know much about diabetes
at all. I made people aware of the
circumstances of their living.
That, for me, is com-
"I still go
It is part of
she is not lonely.
Her sister also lives
with her. She does
more reading these days and her recreation is word
games. As for her gift of the hand, she has passed
it on to her goddaughters.
Her nephews Fred and Anthony also know how
to cook. "I never kept back what I know," she said.
She continues to cook at home, swearing never to
purchase cooked food from anyone.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 23, 2015
I used to joke that Judette Coward could make
And then she did, with a Forward Forty video on
How to Make An Amazing Bowl of Oatmeal. Bananas,
cinnamon and some cane sugar are involved there,
but the most important ingredient in this new lifestyle
digital series is Judette s unending optimism,
and faith in a new collective of women that
has sprung up online.
I first met Judette about a zillion years
ago when she was a producer at TV6 and
I was inflicting myself on another news-
paper. I used to wonder where she got
her happy pills. She always had a bril-
liant smile and ended her emails with
one word "Joy.
Ordinarily, that sort of thing would
be too Disney for an old Grinch
like me, but Judette s light spirit
Forward Forty is a series of blogs
and videos on fashion, wellness, beauty, travel,
hair care, work-life balance, and just living life more
fully. It speaks to women 40-plus but younger women
are also attracted because, after all, there is no age
requirement for being fabulous.
The first video was created around the beginning
of this year and women responded so enthusiastically,
the series kept growing.
After a short hiatus, Judette launched the series
earlier this month, in a chic event, and here we are---
our own voices, our own showcase, our own move-
ment where women can rock and roll, sharing tips,
techniques, and experiences, on whatever interests
them, without apology.
So if we want to talk about how to create the
perfect plum pout or six ways to wear a simple white
shirt, we can.
Who says powerful, confident, intelligent women
can only get together in book clubs or charitable
events without being deemed frivolous?
Now, I should probably be jabbing Judette in the
eye with a tube of lipstick because the "stylista opin-
ionista" platform is my territory. But there is always
room for new ideas, more talent, and a fresh voice
to remind us that we deserve to chase our dreams.
The thing about Judette that puzzles and inspires
is that she never gives up.
She is absolutely fearless when she decides to take
a leap---like walking away from a good job at TV6
to form her own communications firm; like sinking
all her savings into an investment property; like open-
ing a pre-school called Mango House in Chaguanas,
while still running her Mango Media Communications
Dancer Misty Copeland is working on a
Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of
Grand Central Publishing, announced Thursday
that Copeland s Ballerina Body is scheduled for
2017. Copeland, the first African-American
woman to become the American Ballet Theatre s
principal dancer, is a member of President Barack
Obama s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutri-
Copeland said in a statement issued by her
publisher that she wanted to show "all athletes
have to take care of themselves from the inside
out." Her previous books include memoir Life
in Motion and the picture book Firebird. (AP)
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Misty Copeland writing
One of the items that Pearl Massiah cherishes the
most is this measuring cup she received as a prize
for her cookery skills as a young student at
Tranquility Girls' School. She was eight years old at
that time and the cup remains in pristine condition.
Woman who makes oatmeal exciting
firm; like marrying a curly-haired charmer she
met while on vacation in Italy, never mind he
barely spoke English and her Italian came from
a phrase book.
Even when things don t quite work out,
she hangs in there, not grudgingly, not
stingily, but with a reservoir of energy
that never seems to dry up.
Sure, she has had her pain---bad
stuff happens to everyone. But
she still kicks assets in her sky-
scraper heels and crisp culottes.
When I found out her mar-
riage to the cute Italian had
ended, I wanted to throw
something at a wall. I had
so enjoyed the boy-
be-with-girl story. But,
The woman didn t even say a bad
word about him; instead she calls
him an amazing guy and says
impossibly sensible and
perky things like, "When
love transforms, it does-
n t have to be bitter or
Any woman who
can do that without
the help of medica-
tion and giant mar-
garitas must have something to
say that is worth listening to.
Join the conversation at
Then tell me what you think
lust for life
a source of
need to eat right
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