Happy New Year to you all! I hope that each of us has a prosperous year and that all of our projects and work go well! I know it is cold in many parts of the world so I thought I would include a sunny picture of where I used to live in St. Mary. This is Firefly.

That being said, I would like to let you know what I am gearing up for. Currently Peace Corps Jamaica is working on starting a pilot program based around teen sexuality (the Caribbean has been given 50,000,000 (fifty million) us dollars in PEPFAR (president's emergency plan for AIDS relief)) funds. I am helping with that initiative by letting the Peace Corps know about my empowerment work with teenage girls and sharing the knowledge I have gained "in the field".

Another project I am working on is a creative arts project for the girls to have displayed at a national art festival called KOTE (Kingston on the Edge). A friend of mine is one of the planners of it and I have been discussing a showing of the girls work. My idea is for a photo presentation of their world. It would be called "Mi Worl, to di Worl" . I will make sure to post the pictures for all of you to enjoy.

Currently I am reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It is my favorite book of the moment. My other favorite book is On Beauty by Zadie Smith. Both are phenomenal and not a "Single Story" (look up Adichie's talk about the Single Story if you get a chance).

What are the rest of you doing? What are you reading? Tell me your life story :)

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Hi Sharese,

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photo from Jamaica! It helps those like me who are in dark and cloudy places in the middle of winter. It's also great to hear about what you're up to and the great news about the Caribbean supporting such an important program in combating teen pregnancy and HIV treatment/prevention.

I am also reading Half of a Yellow Sun right now and find it to be such an interesting and engaging read. It's one of those books that I can't wait to get home and curl up with each evening - even if it's just for 30 min (am finding less time to read these days - so it's nice to have such an inspiring book). I will put On Beauty by Zadie Smith on my list - thanks for the great suggestion!

Did you see that the World Pulse Book Club is starting back up? I am excited to read Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. I have heard great things and as World Pulse is listed in the book as actions you can take now to support the women's movement, we have seen droves of new members on PulseWire who site this book as how they found us.

Happy New Year Sharese!

Hugs, JAde

Yes, I heard from Jody that we are starting back up! Very exciting. I will have to see if I can get a copy of Half the Sky.

I would love to read your thought about about Half of a Yellow Sun I am almost done with it. It really is a moving and evocative read!

Happy New Year to you too! May it be beautiful and prosperous!


Hi Sharese,

You are right. It is too cold here with no snow :( courtesy climate change. I really loved the pic and wish I could see it in real :)

It was nice to read about your work. Hope to hear more about it. Do share.

I couldn't find HALF OF A YELLOW SUN or HALF THE SKY ( the books on the book club list . So I read A CASE OF EXPLODING MANGOES. I asked Jody to put that on the bookclub list. Those who read Daughter of the East will love it. I had aslo suggested RETURNING TO MY MOTHERS HOUSE be put on the list.

Currently I am reading NO EXIT AND THREE OTHER PLAYS BY SATRE sent by dear sweeeeeeet Jody.

Lots of Love

With best wishes,

Nusrat Ara 


Hi Nusrat,

Too bad that you can't find Half of a Yellow Sun or Half the Sky in Kashmir. I am reading Half of a Yellow Sun right now and can send it to you when I'm finished. And we can probably work out a way to get you Half the Sky as well. So glad to hear that Jody's package reached you!

A Case of Exploding Mangoes sounds really fascinating and perhaps another view of General Zia who I learned so much about from Benazir Bhutto's autobiography. And I love the suggestion for putting Gail Straub's Returning to My Mothers House on the list because this is a book I've been wanting to read - especially because I admire her work and have heard great things about the book from some of the other VOF Correspondents as well. Great suggestions!

How are you? I heard of the recent violence in Kashmir and have been thinking about you. Glad to hear your voice!

Hugs, Jade

Thanks Jade. I will be a favour if u manage to send me the books.

Yes the situation here is again turning ugly. Just a few days back a 16 year old was killed allegedly by Police. He was shot and then beaten. The beatings and ruptured his lungs and after a brief struggle he finally kicked the bucket. Despite all our protests, we know the killers won't be either traced or punished.

With best wishes,

Nusrat Ara 


ohhhhhh.... even if A Case of Exploding Magoes doesn't get put on the list I will definitely try to check it out.

I look forward to reading more about what books you are reading!

Much Peace and Love,


Wow. What a beautiful picture. I wanna go, she whines. :) I will get all these books everyone has recommended. Right now I am reading A PARADISE BUILT IN HELL: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit. A very uplifting read.

Best of luck with all your projects. Sounds wonderful!

hugs K-lee

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

That is the view from Firefly. A place that I used to be able to walk to from my house in St. Mary (before I moved to St. Ann). Noel Coward used to live there and that is where he is buried.

Thank you for the kind words. I have been very discouraged lately. I won't go into detail, but any good vibes you can send my way are much appreciated!

Peace and Love,


Hello Sharese! I finally found my way back to PulseWire this morning....its been a long time. This is such a beautiful site! I was glad to meet you in Portland! (I hope you didn't mind that FAST drive home...I don't know what got into him, but it was too taxi-driver-style for my tastes!...) I am overwhelmed by a mountain of school work right now. I am working on my master's in nursing -certified nurse midwife - I am on the full-time track. Taking most of the last week off to enjoy a visit from my son was fantastic, but yikes...I got some major work to do now!!! Hopefully the internet connection will hold out! (Lost it all afternoon and evening yesterday!) In addition to all the school studies, I am reading Half the Sky, and a book called Sastun by Rosita Arvigo about her apprenticeship with a traditional healer in Belize. For me, a beautiful inspiring work.

I am sorry to hear you are feeling discouraged! I was SO impressed by our short conversation about your work. I hope we can connect again, in more depth, before too long.

Love, courage, strength, more love always.........nadine


It is LOVELY to hear from you! I had a great time seeing you in Portland, the culture festivity was very fun. The ride was alright- I am pretty used to the taxi's, it was nice to not be so squished :)

Oh I bet that your school work is intense- it definitely sounded like you had a lot on your plate when we spoke. I am looking at 2 nursing schools right now- Johns Hopkins and William Jewell (the latter is in Kansas City).

I am hoping to read Half the Sky soon. The wonderful Jade has offered to send me a copy- so I am excited about that. I have heard so many good things about the book. Currently I am reading A New Earth. It is very enlightening. Have you read it?

I would love to connect with you over coffee- perhaps we could meet at Yosche's (I am not sure if that is the correct spelling, but the coffee shop accross from the Marina in Port Antonio). I will be in Portland next week (the 4th-7th of March) and will definitely give you a call.

Until then, much Peace and Love!


Hi Sharese,

You just had the World Pulse office excited, then confused and now laughing! Janice pointed out your post to me and said, "Jade - Sharese is coming to Portland!" So we got excited at the prospect of seeing you, but I was also confused because I did just mail you "Half the Sky" and thought it strange you wouldn't mention you were coming here. Then Janice googled it and discovered there is a Portland in Jamaica and we all had a good laugh!

Anyways, yes - I mailed the book last week so I hope that it arrives safely and quickly! Sorry to eavesdrop.

Hugs, Jade

I didn't even think about that when I wrote it! That is funny though... I have been here so long I forgot that places like Portland and Boston are also places in the States! There is even a Jamaica, NY!

Keep well my friend and eves-drop anytime ;)

Much Peace,