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During last year, I regularly
looked at the 13 ideas on my
bucket list, published in this space
last January. We---the list and I---
kept growing further and uncom-
fortably apart, all the while con-
firming why I avoid New Year s
The year 2013 was an experi-
ment in listing what I thought were
reachable goals, while encouraging
the universe to acknowledge my
wish list and to apply its interven-
tion to meet the ones outside my
realm of influence.
If the convergence of those two
efforts had been precise, I should
be telling you that I fell in love and
stayed in love. That having done
an entire physical examination and
finding out all was well, I embarked
on an exercise programme and
accomplished my ideal weight, and
those would have taken care of the
first four listed ideas.
While I did not run for office,
there being no real opportunity, I
did play a substantial role in one
of T&T s four elections. And hav-
ing not reached the financial abun-
dance I wished, I was unable to
exercise the options of travelling
to another continent, and climbing
Peru s Machu Picchu.
There has been no improvement
in my Hindi; the book remains
unpublished; and I did not start
the Moruga arts programme.
Fortunately, I aced number 13,
which was to live above small talk.
I paid no attention to the workings
of small-mindedness and that
largely accounts for how happy
I ve remained.
Yet 2013 was a gratifying year.
Always full of surprises, the uni-
verse displayed its benevolence
towards me, making huge deposits
into my ebullience account. God
reminded me time and again that
I m blessed with an abundance of
gifts and talents, but to keep me
cognisant of my corporeal nature,
he pressed home the point about
the thorns given to me which I
bear in my flesh.
One of them is a mental health
issue that I have carried---well and
unwell---over the years, which
inspires this column and which in
2013 brought so many wonderful
strangers into my space, giving me
the security that my over-exposed
life is worth every instalment that s
The other thorn involves being
talentless in the amphitheatre
where dating, love and relation-
ships are played as games requiring
the skills of the chameleon. I m
too far ahead in my heart and mind
to bend my will just to impress,
so I understand unmistakably that
he who would love me has to love
appear to him.
On both counts, I approach 2014
expecting God s intervention in
the granting of the wish for perfect
health and an abiding love, in any
When love flirted with me in
2013 it was a beautiful thing.
Granted, I was caught off guard
and had very little space for con-
templation, so the entire thing was
beset by my frailties. But it was a
wonderful deposit in my endor-
Entirely outside of my persua-
sion also, I became a grandmother
last June. That status is one of
those gifts that keep giving, but
moreover, it s one of those things
which brings you into contact with
more people, increasing intermin-
gling. Anais Marie-Therese Ravello
has had an impact on (and con-
tinues to influence) my sociability,
bringing me in touch with people
whom I regard as special but with
whom I wouldn t ordinarily inter-
act. I thank her parents Jovan and
Kelly for the abundance of joy.
One of my experimental men-
tal-health therapy projects blos-
somed into a garden house hosting
some exotic plants and some usu-
als, and that, for me, was a major
achievement in 2013. There is a
joy in watching things grow and
blossom, which works better than
any medication that can be pre-
scribed for improving your health.
Everyone should watch something
grow, especially if that individual
is beset by illness.
And in my community work, I
had the opportunity to take the
Basse Terre RC Primary School
choir to Sanfest, where they
excelled. I m now working with
the secondary school, with the
long-term goal of establishing the
(2013) proposed arts council in
Moruga. This time I ll be partic-
ipating in the vision of Moruga
Secondary School s teacher Arnold
Ramsumair, who apparently sleeps
and dreams in the same techni-
colour clouds as I do.
After sober judgment and reflec-
tions on my 13-item list, I recog-
nised that my 2013 bucketful of
ideas was overly ambitious, and
so, despite all the other successes
and joys I experienced, I ve resolved
that for 2014 I m investing in a
pocketful of ideas. I m determined
to spend more time writing, and
to devoting myself to more prayer.
If I could hold my focus for a half-
hour devotion and 500 words each
day I d be fulfilled.
Beyond that, I wish to work
determinedly and faithfully in all
ventures in which I participate.
Peace and blessings.
CAROLINE C RAVELLO
MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
A pocketful of wishes for 2014
The Eurythmics are reuniting---
to pay tribute to the Beatles.
The Recording Academy
announced Monday that Annie
Lennox and Dave Stewart will per-
form as a duo for The Night That
Changed America: A Grammy
Salute to the Beatles. The event
will be taped at the Los Angeles
Convention Center on January 27,
a day after the Grammy Awards.
Long-time Grammys producer
Ken Ehrlich, who is also producing
the Beatles special, thought the
Eurythmics would be ideal to hon-
our the iconic group.
The Eurythmics, who sold mil-
lions of albums and whose hits
include Sweet Dreams (Are Made
of This), released their debut in
1981. Ehrlich said Lennox and
Stewart, who have launched suc-
cessful solo careers, are thrilled to
perform in tribute to the Beatles.
Ehrlich wouldn t say which Bea-
tles tune the British duo would
perform, but John Mayer and Keith
Urban will pair up to perform
Don t Let Me Down, while Alicia
Keys and John Legend will perform
a duet on Let It Be. Maroon 5 also
will hit the stage.
The special will air on CBS on
February 9---exactly 50 years after
the Beatles made their US debut
on The Ed Sullivan Show. (AP)
Eurythmics reuniting for Beatles tribute
This June 2000 photo shows Annie Lennox, left, and Dave Stewart as
the Eurythmics perform on stage at the Rock at the Ring music
festival at the Nuerburgring race circuit in Germany. AP PHOTO
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