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Epiphanies from Under The Tamarind Tree by Rosaliene Bacchus


At first I didn’t think I had much in common with Richard Cheong, the main character in Under the Tamarind Tree.  His story is set  in the country of Guiana during the 1950s and 60s during a time of political and personal danger which I have never experienced.  Richard’s father was Chinese and his mother was from India. His dream is to have a big chicken farm. The father of three girls, he is obsessed with longing for a son.

Stepping into a different culture, even through reading a novel, is often uncomfortable at first. Reading this book helped me grow in humility and understanding.  As I read, I grew to like Richard and to care very much about him and his family.

I realized that there are important things that transcend culture. Richard and I do have things in common. His little brother was killed at the age of 8.  My little sister was killed at age 16. Richard loves his daughters who are important in the story. The misunderstandings and dynamics between Richard and his wife were familiar and realistic.

Richard makes mistakes, but he is a good man. He works hard for his family and his dream. Bad things happen that are beyond his control. We are reminded that hurt people hurt people, and at times, revenge runs rampant. Revenge is like a character that rears it’s ugly head more as the story progresses. Hard truths come to light. Through it all, Richard perseveres.

There’s a lesson in this story that rings true. If we persevere and keep doing the right things, however imperfectly, life has a way of working out –  maybe very differently than we planned, but sometimes better than we imagined.

Under the Tamarind Tree is well-written and rich with detail. I’m grateful to Rosaliene Bacchus for teaching me so much about Guyanese culture and history,  for helping me open my heart to our common humanity, and for reinforcing that hope lives in the midst of seemingly unbearable challenges.

You can learn more about Rosaliene at her writer’s website

Or by reading her blog: Three Worlds One Vision




Name Changers


Badge by: Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

Anything is possible with Stream of Consciousness writing.

When I read the prompt, “name,” I recalled a Facebook post on my son’s time line about somebody using somebody’s government name.  It was funny, yet disturbing, that in some subcultures, using someone’s government name is a faux pas.

My son, who is 29, changed his name a several years ago. Except he didn’t change it legally. He just goes by a different name. Except when he does his taxes or gets a pay check, then he uses his government name. He’s so outside the box. I like to think that he’s just asserting his independence.

Isn’t there some culture where it’s the norm for people to pick a new name when they get to be adults? Doesn’t that make some sense, to add a name of your choice?

When I was a kid, I didn’t like my name, or my red hair, which isn’t so red anymore. I didn’t like being called “carrot top.” I wanted a name like “Kathy,” not a name with a boy’s name in front. But later, much later, I kinda liked my mom using the familiar “Jo.” She’s gone now, and no one else calls me “Jo.” Well, maybe now and then my dad calls me “Jo.” When he’s gone, no one else will call me Jo. Sheesh, I didn’t know I was going to go there.

Now I think my name is okay, but I would rather be JoAnna than JoAnne.  A tiny change really. Sometimes I use JoAnna just for fun.

It’s great that we can create our own names on blogs, or for other on line identities. Or is it? Sometimes I wish I’d been more anonymous here on WordPress, then I could write all kinds of crazy stuff and no one would know it was me, unless I was too honest. That’s been known to happen. Maybe when I retire…. Anything’s possible.


This week’s Stream of Consciousness Post was: “name.” And the instructions to “Do with it whatever comes to mind! Enjoy!

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for SoCS May 9/15

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!


For the Dolphins of Japan

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”

(Mahatma Ghandi)

When I was in college, I wrote a research paper about dolphins. I learned that dolphins are more intelligent than dogs and cats, more intelligent than cows and pigs, maybe even more intelligent than the great apes.

I don’t eat any of these animals who feed their babies with milk from their bodies, like I fed my babies.

Dolphin culture is so different from ours. They don’t have hands so, they don’t build machines.  They don’t have technology.  Certainly not as we know it.

But they do have language and songs and love.

Young dolphins in Taiji, Japan are being captured and sold into slavery for “entertainment” after watching their family members being killed.

The Japanese fishermen say it is part of their culture to capture and kill the dolphins.

What about the culture of the dolphins?

It was once a shameful part of  American culture to capture and enslave people from Africa and other countries. We know that was horribly wrong. We know better now.

It is time for humanity to value kindness and life above profit. I pray through my anger that the people of Japan will stop this violence.

For more information:

The Intelligence of Dolphins: