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guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 29, 2016
As 2016 comes
to a close, many
people are rem-
iniscing on the
past 12 months
forward to 2017.
time many of
us start making New Year's resolutions by
thinking about ways we can improve our
lives, our communities and our country in
the new year.
Some of the most common new years reso-
lutions which people make are; to stay fit and
healthy, to lose weight, enjoy life to the fullest,
save more money and to spend more time with
family and friends.
Unfortunately many of us start off "hot and
sweaty" every year and by mid-January we revert
to our old ways. Committing to our new years
resolutions is hardly ever easy, but it is generally
easier to take it day by day and to be realistic. If
you haven't yet decided on what you would like
to do to improve your life, community or coun-
try in 2017 look no further, Alta has the answer!
Volunteer with us, become an Alta tutor and
help someone in Trinidad improve their litera-
cy. In this way, you are certainly helping to im-
prove our country where approximately 25 per
cent of our population struggles with reading
and writing and also improving communities
in Trinidad. As more people learn to read and
write and can function in society, more people
are able to secure steady employment, improve
their socio-economic situation, teach children
in their care to read and write and improve their
lives holistically. By volunteering with Alta you
will definitely be playing an integral role in the
improvement of T&T society.
Additionally, all Alta tutors whether they vol-
unteer with us for one year or have been volun-
teering for the past ten years, speak about the
amazing benefits they receive as tutors. Not only
do they feel proud and fulfilled due to their vol-
unteer work, but they are able to see their student
learn and grow as the year progresses. Many also
proudly state how much they learn from their
students and fellow tutors and the great benefits
which they reap while participating in the Tutor
Training Course, which is mandatory for all Alta
tutors prior to entering the classroom.
The incredible support you receive from Alta
from the time you indicate interest in volun-
teering is also beneficial, as it helps you remain
committed to your students and the Associa-
tion. In this way, once you make the decision
to become an Alta Tutor, unless you are caught
in a dire situation you are able to stick to your
commitment for the entire year.
If becoming an Alta Tutor is something you
have been thinking about doing and you have the
time in the new year, we encourage you to make
it one of your 2017 resolutions. Alta is currently
recruiting tutors to begin teaching in the next
academic year (September 2017).
If you have a Grade I or II in CSEC English
(General Proficiency) or its equivalent and time to
teach twice a week for two hours per session for
an academic year, give us a call today at 624-2582.
Fisher's The Princess Diarist doesn't dish enough
"I've spent so many years
not telling the story of Har-
rison and me having an affair
on the first Star Wars mov-
ie that it's difficult to know
exactly how to tell it now,"
Carrie Fisher announces on
page 49 of her brisk but vague
new memoir, The Princess
"Excellent, here we go," any
solid fan of the real Star Wars
movies (certainly not the pre-
quels) will think, settling in for
the literary equivalent of an ice-
cream sundae of the more offbeat
flavours. But Fisher, who accepts
that she will be known as Prin-
cess Leia until the end of time,
lets the reader down. Having
waited 40 years to publish what
one expects to be a dishy tell-all
about the romance behind the
iconic movie of a generation
(that generation mournfully
sandwiched between the baby
boomers and millennials), the
actress, writer and raconteur
only offers a few wisps of the
Fisher blames her hazy recall
of the behind-the-scenes affair
with Harrison Ford on the potent
marijuana they smoked on their
lost weekends between scenes.
She also decides that "with un-
characteristic reservation and
scruples that I quash any details"
of their first weekend together.
Sex is private, she says.
No problem, but she also
draws the curtain over the inter-
esting bits: their chemistry, their
conversations, her point-blank
impressions of a man poised
to become one of Hollywood's
biggest stars. Or maybe we're
supposed to believe, as she in-
sists, that Ford just didn't talk a
lot when they were together. In
any case, we are left with a few
interesting glimpses wrapped
around excerpts of the dia-
ries Fisher says she kept while
shooting Star Wars and recently
discovered. Even the diary bits
are not very revealing, being the
moody musings, including po-
etry, of a young woman on the
cusp of 20-years-old.
It's clear from the final two
chapters of the book, one of
them titled "Leia's Lap Dance,"
that Fisher published this book
with making money in mind.
Her closing meditation on fame
leaves Ford and the affair far be-
The Princess Diarist (Blue Rider Press),
by Carrie Fisher
Add tutor volunteering to
New Year's resolutions
Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous 2017! Volunteer,
Donate or Sponsor-a-student. Call 624-2582 or email altapos.
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