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guardian.co.tt Monday, May 29, 2017
Ideally located in
1 minute off the
Up to 25,000 sq ft.
All the cool, successful and
scary smart people do this. Like
Oprah, Iyanla Vanzant, the ir-
repressible founder of the For-
ward Forty e-movement Judette
Coward, Her Royal Fierceness
Herself my friend Sharon Chris-
topher, an attorney and banking
They are not afraid to expose their
flaws and experiences and show
what they have learned or are still
struggling with. They write or speak
on versions of the topic of What I
Know for Sure.
It seems the big, grown-up thing
to do these days.
So today I am sharing my list of
What I Know for Sure.
The first point, at the top of the
list is this: readers of this space
are kind. Mondays with Elsa has
become a ritual that you seem to
have enjoyed. After all, no one pelt-
ed me with rotten eggs or called for
my head or wrapped my column in
rotten fish and put it in my mail-
box. The second point on the list
is that editors are more tolerant
and patient than those furrows on
their brows and bottles of Kalms
indicate. Proof positive: for a nice
long run, they have allowed me to
invade this space, sharing my ir-
reverent views on life, love, fashion,
shopping, food, and use and misuse
of the English language.
Are you sensing where this is
For the last 30 seconds I have been
behaving like a mature, sensible
adult (a highly overrated condition,
most of the time) which must mean
I am up to something.
The truth: this is farewell. Yes, it
is happening. This is my last col-
umn, and I shall miss you all. I need
no Prozac is because you let me vent
and voop my innermost feelings and
thoughts right here in our own print
version of a reality show.
So in an attempt to justify my
squatting in these pages, let's pre-
tend we shared some deep life les-
sons. I leave you with the rest of the
What I Know for Sure list. Create
your own and review in a year to
see where life has nudged, shifted
or swept you. Gosh, I am really go-
ing to miss this go-round. You have
been great buddies, reminding me
to laugh like I have no fillings in my
molars; to go easy on the self-flag-
ellation; and to love wearing hori-
zontal stripes if it makes me smile,
regardless of what lies, rumours and
half-truths the dratted bathroom
What else I know for sure:
1. Life is short and while we can't
find the time to make that phone
call or pay that visit to a friend or
prodigal relative, we tend to find the
time to attend the funeral. That's
stupid. Make that call.
2. Going to the bathroom before
stepping on the scale can make a
two-pound difference in the right
3. Worrying is a waste of time
which could be properly invested
in getting a manicure and facial.
4. If your spirit moves you to do
a good deed, do it. Don't put it off.
You will never get back to it.
5. If you are wondering whether
you should apologise for something,
you probably should.
6. Karma is powerful.
7. Neglecting one's finances will
catch up with you in a big way.
8. Being disorganised has mon-
etary consequences. Think of late
fees, interest on loans, failure to
claim credits and tax reliefs because
you can't find that piece of paper
you wrote information on.
9. Your body doesn't lie. If you
feel something is not right, it is not
right. Go to a doctor. It is not okay
to be coughing for two months or
to be gobbling pain killers daily for
aches that won't quit.
10. People don't change. But
different aspects of their charac-
ter emerge under certain circum-
11. Negative thoughts can block
positive things flowing into your
life. This might sound all Deepak
Chopra-ish and incompatible with
a life encumbered by screaming
children, unpaid bills and relent-
less traffic but it is real; it really is.
12. Life goes on. Whatever crum-
my is taking place now, tomorrow
is tomorrow. And it awaits your
unique, indescribable power.
• Show what you know at
These things I know
for artistes to showcase
their talents, and con-
tributed significantly to
the elevation of St James
as a major entertainment
venue in the Capital City.
The St James CIC won the
bpTT Leader Award in
2002 for its innovation
of WeBeat St James Live.
One of the positives to
emerge out of WeBeat St
James Live is the expo-
sure and development of
young, talented artistes
who literally wet their
feet at the festival. Among
the outstanding talents
produced have been past
Digicel Rising Stars win-
ner Moricia Cagan, former
national calypso mon-
archs Duane O'Connor
and Chuck Gordon, Umi
Marcano, and acclaimed
vocalist Leandra Head
and her sister Tylah. (The
Head sisters, incidentally,
will be performing their
Doors; The Final Re-
cital---at Theatre 1, Na-
tional Academy for the
Performing Arts, Keate
Street, Port-of-Spain, at
6 pm, before embarking
on their studies abroad
In addition, honoured
by the festival commit-
tee with an award for its
work with young people in
the community was police
officer Dereck Charbod-
ie and the St James Police
A new WeBeat feature
this year is The Road
Show on Friday, June 3,
produced by Earl's broth-
er, Victor Crosby. This is
expected to revive memo-
ries of the days when Earl
hosted record launches in
front of the store on the
Western Main Road, and
DJs, steelbands, calypso-
nians, and other perform-
ers will appear.
Staging this year's fes-
tival is estimated to cost
in excess of $340,000, a
decrease from last year's
budget. It runs from Sat-
urday, June 3 to Saturday,
June 10 at the St James
Main Road, St James, un-
der the patronage of the
Mayor of Port-of-Spain.
This year's honoree is
Woo Ling's Supermarket,
a family-owned business,
spanning over 60 years of
providing service to the
WeBeat promises spectacular event
The band Elan Parle is the headline act at We Beat Jazz Night on June 9.
From page A23
The truth: this is farewell.
Yes, it is happening. This is my
last column, and I shall miss you
all. I need no Prozac is because
you let me vent and voop my
innermost feelings and thoughts
right here in our own print
version of a reality show. "
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