Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 10th 2015 Contents she sang at St. Benedict's College, both
as backup for classmates, including
popular singer Rondell Donawa, and as
a soloist, at various national soca com-
petitions. She also works with children
who want to sing.
Her sister, Janine Lee Chee, who was
featured on the cover of WOW last
December 17 with her Elite Activewear
clothing line, also used to sing. "I call
her my favourite sister," says Janelle,
"even though it's just two of us. Our
personalities are very different. We're
like yin and yang: we complement each
other." Her admiration for her sister en-
couraged her to pursue her music fur-
ther. "If she shaved her eyebrows I
wanted to shave mine too; if she sang,
I wanted to sing. She's very influential."
Janelle takes her music very seriously,
and, apart from her degree in Biological
and Agricultural Systems Engineering,
she holds certifications in sound engi-
neering and music production, and
once managed a recording studio in
Florida. "I want to produce quality
music that is timeless." To help achieve
this she continues her graded music
exams in Voice, Piano and Music The-
ory with the Trinity College of Music,
under the tutelage of Miss Lystra
Amazingly, Janelle is also a self-pub-
lished author, and has just released her
first book, called 40 Days, 40 Conver-
sations with God -- A Time to be Sow-
ing. It's a collection of prayers, scripture
readings and journal entries. "I want to
show people that we all have the same
problems, and to help bring them the
same healing I received. I started trav-
elling when I was 19, through the US
and Europe, and met many people,
from all continents and many cultures.
When you look at people and compare
your life to theirs, because of the
masks they wear, you put yourself
through self-torture. Because you
don't know what they are going
through, you think only you are suffer-
ing. But I was honest, I talked about my
own journey, spiritually, physically and
The effect has been galvanic. Readers
have been using the spaces for journal-
ing to record their own musings, and
although the book is supposed to be
read over 40 days, many have been
racing through it.
Janelle also encourages churches to
sell it and keep their own markup to
put to use in their own communities.
To spread that word, she intends to
visit 100 churches.
Churches? I asked how seriously this
soca singer will be taken by our na-
tion's fairly conservative churches, but
she doesn't see a conflict. "I have to be
very particular in what I say in my
music and how I portray myself. Men
expect you to wine and get on, but I
feel I represent a certain kind of
woman who is misrepresented in the
public forum -- women who are edu-
cated and value family life and the way
they are perceived by men, who have
good relationships with men. I am
close to my uncles, father, and religious
leaders -- I don't want these men look-
ing at me like I am disrespecting my-
self. I want to leave a legacy that my
daughter would want to emulate,
should I have one."
Janelle credits her successes to God;
the sacrifices, dedication and support
of her parents, sister and family; the
Princes Town and San Fernando com-
munities, church families here and
abroad; her teachers and schools
(Basse Terre RC, Moruga, St. Gabriel's
Girls' RC, San Fernando, St. Joseph's
Convent, San Fernando, St. Benedict's
College La Romaine and Florida A&M
She can be found on Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram as Tamico
Lee, and her book is on Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram as 40days-
book. The book is available via her
website, www.40daysbook.info, at
306-4496 or the Christian
Bookshop in Harris Promenade.
Her website is www.tamicolee.com.
SOME YEARS START with a bang, and some years
start with a whimper. Mine started out with radical
dental work, a grievously sick dog, and the bone-weari-
ness that results from an orgy of "spring" cleaning that
didn't seem to end with the passage of Christmas. I re-
ally needed cheering up.
I was sitting around sulking, wondering why nobody
was randomly calling to boost me out of my funk,
when I stumbled upon a list on-
line of easy ways to make
other people feel better.
It's so silly, so simple,
that soon I was
thinking of ways I
could make others smile... Who could I try these on?
How could I implement these into my daily life? Next
thing I knew, it ceased to be about me, and once again
became about others...the way it should be.
Here are a few of my favourites:
• Hold the door open for strangers.
• Make dumb jokes.
• Give someone a sincere compliment.
• Ask how someone's day is going.
• Leave an extra-large tip for the server.
• Tell the manager about the good service you received.
• Buy a homeless person food.
• Donate blood.
• Visit an elderly care centre and talk to the residents.
• Give a kid a balloon.
• Write a handwritten letter to someone.
• Call your mom to chat.
• Help your neighbour with yard work.
• Donate clothes to charity.
• Return abandoned shopping carts
back to the cart corral. By Johnny Webber (johnnylists.com)
What cool, random ways to make others smile! Have
a great week.
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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt January 10, 2016
| FROM THE EDITOR |
QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Though we have the courage to raise
our daughters like our sons, we rarely have the courage
to raise our sons like our daughters."
(continued from Page 3)
"I don't want
men looking at
myself. I want
to leave a
legacy that my
want to emu-
late, should I
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