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Light Playing Tricks
Light playing tricks. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2012 v6n1 p0616

Above, a picture I took in Antigua in Oct 2011. The sands were pink, but only that night.

When I came back the next day, the sands were yellow, and when I told a Zoomradiofm radio announcer that I loved the pink sands, he told me, no, the sands are yellow, sometimes described as golden. But pink! No.

To listen to Zoomradiofm, click here.

I was in the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda for 3 weeks, and never again did I see pink sands. Light plays tricks and we see things that are very real and very solid, but only for an instant. Story about a river click here.

I love the sky in this picture because it reminds me of my mother. She had a table that looked like that in her kitchen in Sydney, on the same street in Kensington as Randwick Racecourse. She taught me a lot of things, but the message I see most clearly in this sky is that dreams can be derailed in an instant, don't let that happen to me or my children.

My mother's dreams were derailed by a horrible disease, rheumatoid arthritis. She went from running, pushing a baby carriage up a hill, to walking with great difficulty. She had a chronic disease resulting from her own antibodies attacking her body from within.

I always thought I would get the disease, but I did not, and I am 15 years older than my mother was when rheumatoid arthritis sucked the mobility out of her body and replaced it with excruciating pain.

For health news and resources, click here.

Updated diabetes resources and why you need cinnamon every dayclick here.

Last night was the perfect summer Friday. My sons are chasing their dreams in New York, North Jersey and Baltimore, my daughter near a river in South Jersey.

In the summer evening light, I ran around the basket ball court for 30 minutes, throwing baskets, chatting with 2 tiny girls who were happily doing the same and really thrilled to see a female throwing baskets.

Then a father ruined it, he took a little girl's basketball and showed her how it is really done. I fear that she will not throw a basket again.

It is Father's Day tomorrow, I pray for all the girls whose dreams have been derailed by their fathers.

Then I swam, and came back to watch the MJoTA Friday Movie. The movie His Girl Friday had all kinds of messages, so many they were confusing, but with one line I liked: he said "But he is so charming." she said "He comes by it naturally. His grandfather was a snake."

As an antidote, I watched the movie from Senegal, Guelwaar. To watch both, click here.

That comment is insulting to snakes, I know, and we love snakes at MJoTA. For Brazilian snakes click here, and for Nigerian snakes click here.

Updated page on Haiti with videos and pictures, click here.

Happy June Teenth! Just came back from celebration at the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

Discussion of slavery makes me really, really, really angry. Because it existed, because it exists. Because it was a war against Africa that was started and has never ended.

Watch the video of Americans returning to the homeland of their ancestors, click here.

Antigua click here
Tales from Antigua: Ghanaian prince declares war, Portugal lays the first foreign wreath, a St Bernard dog on a warm full-moon night  click here

Fighters on parade. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2012 v6n1 p0601

Below the picture of me with Mr Bernard Williams, who owns and runs Zoomradiofm in the nation of Antigua & Barbuda is a picture of the military band for the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

I took this picture in St John's, the seat of government of Antigua & Barbuda during the Nov 2011 celebration of the Armistice of World War 1.

In the US we call this day, November 11, Veterans Day. Other places, we call it Armistice Day.

After the ceremony the band marched off playing Onward Christian Soldiers. I swooned.


MJoTA Friday Night Movie, one from Germany that is disturbing, and one from America about how the Marines can save us from Martians. Other fun Bollywood movies too, click here.


The American data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are encouraging: if you are diagnosed with diabetes now, you are more likely to live a long life than a decade ago.

For report, click here.

You are more likely to prevent, stop or reverse diabetes if you understand it needs to be treated every day by
- limiting how much you eat
- being careful what you eat
- moving constantly

and if you need medicines
- take your medicines as instructed and
- measure your blood sugar up to 8 times a day.

Diabetes is not a disease for sissies, if you have it, you can dance it into hell, but only if you work very hard at it.

Don't give up. In Nov 2011, I heard a story in the beautiful new hospital in St Johns, in the Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda.  The social worker told me she had a patient die the previous week from complications after her second leg was amputated. She was 32, a mother of 3 small children, and she could not get a handle on her diabetes and chose to ignore it. Well, she ignored diabetes, but it did not ignore her, it had her in its grip and after her first 2 children were born, took first one leg, and then, a newborn baby and a few years later, the second. Can we blame a young woman who was overwhelmed? I have not walked in her shoes. But I will weep for a mother gone.

When I was in St Johns a 2-day conference on diabetes was held, I was asked to leave when the health officer from the United Nations was about to speak. Antigua has never had a war, who knew what trouble could be caused by a medical writer talking about diabetes.

For constantly updated news on diabetes click here, for diabetes resources including stories on what to do to prevent diabetes and foods that help, click here.