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Bound for the Bahamas!

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Wow, November brought me another birthday! Before long, I’ll need that fire extinguisher in the photo background to douse all of the birthday candle flames! Now after Christmas and celebrating the beginning of another New Year, I’m bound for the Bahamas again! This fourth winter of volunteer teaching at Mangrove Bush Primary school in Long Island, Bahamas offers still more adventures! Stay tuned to my blog, Shirley Ventures at neonbow.wordpress.com for updates! Also on that blog, you can link with my other blog, Shirley Muses at neonbow2.wordpress.com!

Bound for the Bahamas!


Wow, November brought me another birthday! Before long, I’ll need that fire extinguisher in the photo background to douse all of the birthday candle flames! Now after Christmas and celebrating the beginning of another New Year, I’m bound for the Bahamas again! This fourth winter of volunteer teaching at Mangrove Bush Primary school in Long Island, Bahamas offers still more adventures! Stay tuned to my blog, Shirley Ventures at neonbow.wordpress.com for updates! Also on that blog, you can link with my other blog, Shirley Muses at neonbow2.wordpress.com!

85 Alive

85 Haitians were intercepted after crashing their sloop around Turnbull Landing Beach, on the Caribbean side of Long Island, Bahamas this past week.  After some time at the Community Center, they were gone the next morning. Immigration will process them and use repatriation. This photo of a beautiful sunset over Long Island could represent the joys of still being alive after a sloop crash, though fears of what’s next would be rampant!

Clouds and Community

These cloud clusters appeared over the Caribbean, above my favorite beach, Galloway Landing. The largest formation reminds, me of the caring community members of Long Island, Bahamas who readily extend their hospitality to visitors like myself! We are the smallest clouds though truly significant to the diversity and economy of the Island!

The Inside Story

An acquaintance once told me that she and her  husband changed churches because they preferred soft  cushioned seats to metal folding chairs.  On Long Island, church interiors, including seats, differ with each building. Size, number or type of windows, electrical lighting or cooling systems as well as altars, reflect the diversity of church interiors. Flooring shows variety by use of tile, wood or carpeting.  A range of wall thicknesses may be visible by window or tower views.  Some churches feature community rooms for gatherings or hurricane shelters, while others move the church pews in sanctuaries for more needed space or flexibility. When considering the interiors of Long Island Bahamian churches, I include the people who worship there.  Even the extremely poor, living in tiny, crowded or worn houses, clean and dress themselves up to attend church.  Most sing hymns loudly with vigor!

Pass the Salt, Please

On Long Island, shallow ponds may be seen beside the road. In the past, including times of slavery, these ponds were flooded with sea water that was left to evaporate, leaving behind salt that was harvested and sold.

Gettin’ the Word Out…

I am adding my blogs to Technorati.com

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