Your on the right track baby….you were born that way!

Every woman was born to be a Queen or at least treated like one.

Our Father, God in heaven, is the ruler over all the earth and as His children, adopted into His royal family through our faith in Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, we are all royal heirs to all of God’s promises.

We were designed by our creator to be the glory of men and the mothers of all living things.

At the end of creation, we were the final “cherry on top” as I’d like to say to the problem of loneliness in mankind.

Why, I repeat, why have so many of us women allowed ourselves to fall from that place of honor and esteem?

It grieves me to see women hiding in the shadow of their churches, shamed and saddened by secrets that they wish they could conceal from their past.

Christian women should be restored to their place of wholeness. Their place of dignity, quality and honor before God so that their testimony may be a true blessing and will draw all women back to the Lord.

Unfortunately, many Christian women are still hiding, still carrying heavy baggage’s of hurt, fear, guilt and shame.

They go about their daily routine concealing their true royal identity, pretending not to notice their filthy condition.

Their light isn’t shining, and no one can see the Queen within them whom their Father created them to be.

All signs of their royal inheritance have been covered with the degradation of abuse, mistakes and unfortunate incidents that happened sometime in their lives.

See my previous article Smooth Criminal/Love the way you lie: Traumatic Bonding

Love is Magnetic

Love works like a magnet since everyone wants to be loved. Jesus shared a big secret with His disciples-the secret to winning more souls for Him. When Christians love one another, anyone who sees them will want to join them because everyone is looking for love.

When they find it, they will want to stay there. This is the very thing the enemy hates!

The devil and his cohorts of darkness will do everything possible to put confusion in the midst of those who love one another. This is why the church should be on the look out to identify the strategies of the devil when members who once loved begin to do otherwise.

The devil will want to use talebearers, backbiters, and critics to cause love in the church to fade away. These groups should be identified and prayed for as well as counseled so that the love in the church can remain active.

Charity within the church must also be encouraged as it encourages kindness. When we back up our love with action, those in the world will find it easy to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

How do You identify Yourself?

How do you identify yourself? Are you just a boy or girl, or do you see yourself as a Queen or King?

Your gender identity is a deep-seated, internal sense of who you are as a gendered being.
It is the gender with which you identify yourself.

The National Geographic(www.nationalgeographic.com) has done research on what’s being called the “gender revolution”.

Some people identify themselves as LGBTQ an acronym used to refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer individuals in our community.

Affirming pronouns however or the most respectful and accurate pronouns for a person as defined by that person.

It’s best to ask which pronouns a person uses to avoid offenses.

Gender Identity in Children

Once young children learn to talk, most will declare a gender identity, boy or girl, that aligns with their biological sex.

According to research drawn from www.HealthyChildren.org around two years old, children become conscious of the physical differences between boys and girls.

By age four, most children have a concrete sense of their gender identity.

During this same time of life, children learn gender-role behavior-that is, doing “things that boys do” or “things that girls do” when they choose toys, clothes, activities or friends.

There are many paths to becoming a woman or a man.

The History of Miss Universe

In 1952, Catalina established the current Miss Universe as we know it. The first competition was in Long Beach, California. It was an instant hit.

Armi Kuusela of Finland was the first winner. Before her reign was over, she had to give up her title to get married to a Filipino tycoon, Virgilio Hilario

The Miss Universe beauty pageant has come a long way since 1952, but its ethos has remained the same:

Finding the most beautiful woman in the entire universe.

Who was Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018?

According to Rappler.com, The Miss Universe 2018 coronation night on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand saw fan favorite, the Philippines’ own Catriona Gray bringing home the coveted crown.

Catriona Gray, succeeds 2017 titleholder Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, and is the fourth Filipina to wear the crown. Even before her pageant run, she has been advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness, and education, particularly for impoverished youth.

See my previous article: https://teneishajohnson.wixsite.com/dream/w-h-o-is-it, in this article I highlight HIV/AIDS, the World Health Organization and the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry
Creative Geniuses

This year, the Miss Universe will be held on December 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.

https://www.instagram.com/sashesandscriptsofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed

Catriona Gray of the Philippines will crown her successor by the end of the event.

https://youtu.be/zB7XBSYlQmI

The pageant will be hosted by Steve Harvey in his fifth consecutive year as host.

Steve Harvey
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Thailand Dancers

It’s a no brainer- It isn’t that hard to choose (Thailand)

Thailand is a country that is located in Southeast Asia. The country’s official name is the Kingdom of Thailand, and it used to be called Siam.

Thailand’s National Flag

Thailand Flag

The National Flag has five horizontal stripes of three colors: Red, White, and Blue which has a very significant meaning.

The vibrant color red signifies the life-blood of the Thai people. The white stripe symbolizes the purity of Buddhism, the National religion and the dominant blue stripe represents the Thai King, the Monarchy and the important part it plays in the daily life of Thais.

The present national Thai flag, the “Tri-Rong” or three sacred colors, was designed by King Rama VI.

Thailand General Knowledge

There is also the magnificent capital city of Thailand called Bangkok, and it is also the largest city in the country.

The country has a population of approximately 67,959,000, making it the 20th most populous country in the world. The country has a total area of 198,120 square miles and is the 50th largest country in the world based on area.

The largest ethnic group is Central Thai and the official language spoken is also called Thai, and over 95% of Thailand’s residents practice Buddhism.

Here’s another fun fact that I found- A common greeting in Thai culture is “Have you eaten?” followed by “How are you?” Cool!

RICE

Rice production in Thailand represents a significant portion of the Thai economy and labor force. In 2017, the value of all Thai rice traded was 174.5 billion baht, about 12.9 percent of all farm production. Of the 40 percent of Thais who work in agriculture, 16 million of them are rice farmers by one estimate.

National Symbols of Thailand

Guess what else I was happy to learn? There are several National symbols of Thailand.

First is the Emblem of Thailand featuring the Garuda.

Emblem of Thailand
Emblem of Thailand

The National Flower is called the flower of the Ratchaphruek or Golden Rain Tree (Cassia fistula) as seen below:

Golden Rain Tree in bloom
Golden Rain Tree in bloom

And guess what I just learnt? We have it in the Cayman Islands too. Where? At Camana Bay of course.

If you look close enough, you will see many signs identifying Camana Bay’s unique flora and fauna from the Dart Nursery- which is home to more than 180 unique species of palms and 500 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Cool!

Then we have the opulent Thai pavilion or Sala Thai as national architectural element.

Thai pavilion
Thai pavilion

Sala Thai, is an open pavilion, used as a meeting place and to protect people from sun and rain. A person who builds a sala at a temple or in a public place gains religious merit. A sala located in a temple is called a salawat. Some temples have large salas where laity can hear sermons or receive religious instruction.

These are called sala kan parian meaning ‘pavilion where monks learn for the Parian examination.

The city halls or offices of the province governors are called sala wa kan (literally meaning ‘government pavilion’) or sala klang changwat (literally meaning a ‘provincial main pavilion).

And finally, there is the National Animal which is the Thai Elephant.

Thai Elephant
Thai Elephant

Thailand’s Constitutional Monarchy

The country of Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has been since 1932. It has also been said to be one of the few remaining countries in the world to have this type of government.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been on the throne since 2016.

King
King of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn

The King of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X), is the current monarch, reigning since the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) on 13 October 2016. He has only exercised the role of monarch since 1 December 2016.

The constitution stipulates that although the sovereignty of the state is vested in the people, the king will exercise such powers through the three branches of the Thai government.

Under the constitution the king is given very little power, but remains a figurehead and symbol of the Thai nation.

As the head of state, however, he is given some powers and has a role to play in the workings of government.

According to the constitution, the king is head of the armed forces. He is required to be Buddhist as well as the defender of all faiths in the country.

The king also retained some traditional powers such as the power to appoint his heirs, the power to grant pardons, and the royal assent. The king is aided in his duties by the Privy Council of Thailand.

Cost of Living in Thailand

Thai currency

There is no magic number for the cost of living in Thailand because everyone is different.

Everyone comes from a different background, has different tastes, has different spending habits and different budgets with different life styles.

I recently watched a fantastic romantic comedy called Crazy Rich Asians, which was about a poor girl who finds her Prince Charming – and is then thrown into the extravagant, glitzy, catty world of the Singapore elite.

The idea that an everyday woman could meet a dashing man and end up marrying into aristocratic society is as we all know, a well-worn, and well-loved, story convention that has built the foundation for tales like Pride and Prejudice and Cinderella or Anna and the King


The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_RO3S-KniE

However, in reality, for those of you considering Thailand as your premier destination for building a family, here are a few other things to consider:

• Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
• Are you married?
• Do you have children?

Thailand’s current constitution

“The human dignity, rights, liberty and equality of the people shall be protected”.

The country’s current constitution was put forth in April of 2017. Thailand has so far had seventeen Constitutions. Throughout, the basic structure of government has remained the same.
The current (2016) constitution, drafted by a body appointed by the military junta (NCPO), states in section 4:

[1] This is unchanged from the 2007 constitution.[2] Sections 26 to 63 set out an extensive range of specific rights in such areas as criminal justice, education, non-discrimination, religion, and freedom of expression.

The government of Thailand is composed of three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary.

The system of government is modelled after the Westminster system.

All branches of government are concentrated in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.

Agriculture and Tourism

Thai Ladies

Agriculture and Tourism are the two most important and lucrative industries in Thailand.

Rice Farms
Thailand Beaches
Beautiful beaches of Thailand

One of Thailand’s many attractions is called Udon Thani.

Water lilies
Image credit: @puyfai_th

Although Udon Thani is off many tourists’ radars, it’s known to have one of the largest expat populations in Thailand, making it one of the best places to visit for those who don’t speak much Thai (like me!). The best part is, it only takes a 45-minute flight to get here from Bangkok.

Muek Lek Sunflower Fields
Muek Lek Sunflower Fields: image credit: @izzy__z

Thailand’s biggest sunflower field is called Muek Lek Sunflower Fields and it is tucked away in this little province of Lopburi in central Thailand.

According to my research, it only takes approximately 2 hours from Bangkok to get there.

Apparently, you can find all things sunflower-related there-sunflower seeds, honey, and oil just to name a few. Cool!

Mistreatment of Elephants

During my research however, I was grieved to learn that it’s common knowledge that elephants in Thailand are often abused and tortured for human gain.

Thai Elephant
Thai Elephant

The mistreatment of elephants is one of the most notorious animal welfare problems in Thailand.

There are elephant camps across the country that raise elephants in captivity (or snatch them from the wild) and use them in shows and for tourists to ride on.

For the most part, the training of these captive elephants involves wrenching young elephants from their mothers, and torturing them into submission, breaking their spirit. Even then, life isn’t good for them.

Many are kept in chains, with limited room to roam and are controlled by the use of force, and made to do unnatural tricks. If you want to see elephants in Thailand, do your research and find a responsible elephant project.

Elephant Nature Park is one of the most famous organizations and best-known elephant conservation project in Thailand. The center was founded in 1995 and is located near Chiang Mai, in Thailand’s north.

More than 35 elephants roam free here, and many of these have been saved from torturous camps that exploit elephants for tourism or logging purposes. The center is also home to dogs, cats, and other rescued animals.

Thailand is a country whose landmarks showcase its history, while its cities show the modern conveniences of today.

As I stated in my title- it’s a no brainer; the country of Thailand is a land that boasts stunning flora and fauna, natural beauty, and historical landmarks and that is what makes that country a great place to live or visit.

It’s a no brainer! It isn’t that hard to choose.

Agriculture

A thousand years ago, everything in Europe depended on agriculture. From Britain and Ireland to central Europe, 80 to 90 percent of the population struggled to make a living from the soil.

Everyone, even the greatest lord, depended on a countryside farmed without machines, hybrid seed or fertilizers. Horses and oxen, even the women, hauled the plow and the harrow. Wow!

The harvest was gathered by hand, carried on peoples backs, or maybe even transported by what I’ve come to find out was called oxcart or the river barge to market.

Every farmer knew that coarse land had to be grazed and manured by animals, then rested to regain its fertility and minimize plant disease.

According to Brian M. Fagan, (The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations-1st U.S. ed. P. cm.), medieval European peasants knew the properties of different grazing grasses, the slight indicators of renewed soil fertility and the seasons of wild plant foods. I guess we could compare them to modern-day survival farmers in Africa.

Most farmers had a few head of livestock- a milk cow or two, some pigs, sheep, goats and chickens and if they were fortunate enough, a horse and maybe some oxen

He also stated that trying to make a living from Europe’s medieval soils was never easy but it could be done.  Farmers in England and France grew mainly wheat, barley and oats and everyone grew vegetables.

The Cayman Islands Agricultural Show

During the month of March, the Cayman Islands will once again celebrate its annual Agricultural Show. It’s a family fun event showcasing the Island’s best animals, produce and food. There will also be activities for all the family to enjoy.

Now fast-forward with me to the 21st century where advances in modern farming technology have dramatically increased crop yields.

Agricultural experts state that most farmers use synthetic pesticides to protect their crops and may use synthetic fertilizers to boost growth. Other farmers, however, cultivate “organic foods”, those grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

Wild Flowers of Jamaica


Bird Pepper (Capsicum baccatum, Solanum Family)

There are a great many cultivated forms of these capsicum peppers as I have come to find out, and most of them are very hot to the taste.

The Bird Pepper shown above, with its pretty, glossy green to scarlet fruits, is widespread in the tropics, and is most common in Jamaica as a lovely doorway plant. Occasionally, it is found in ‘the wild’ from bird-dropped seeds.

They are extensively used in Jamaican cuisines, imparting a most pleasant flavor as well as their strong and spicy heat. They are often allowed to stand in sherry or vinegar for an interesting and breathtaking condiment. (Nice!)


Susumber, Gully Bean, Turkey Berry (Solanum torvum, Solanum Family)

Guess what else I found out? The Gully Bean or any of the names mentioned above is found in almost all parts of the world’s tropics and this shrub on occasion can reach a height of up to ten feet or more. Its most recognized in waste places and forest clearings with its big bold foliage, circular berries and rather pretty flowers which enhances its natural beauty.

The young shoots of this Solanum are eaten in Indonesia as a cooked vegetable, but the half-ripe green berries are considered edible only in Jamaica, where they are prized for their refreshingly bitter flavor. They are often served mixed with fish at breakfast.

Cell Culture Techniques

Another major breakthrough in the 21st century is the development of cell culture techniques. Using these techniques, scientists have been able to remove individual cells from a parent plant and grow these cells into new individuals. Wow!

Using the cell culture techniques, horticulturalists are able to produce virtually unlimited numbers of genetically identical offspring. These techniques have been particularly useful in producing plants that are slow to multiply on their own. For example, award-winning varieties of orchids are produced in this way.

The Garden Club of Grand Cayman

Speaking of award-winning, did you know The Garden Club of Grand Caymanhas been presenting a Standard Flower Show every year?

Well, I was honored to participate in their 60th Anniversary Celebration back in 2017 and learnt an array of floral arrangement techniques and classifications.

The Garden Club of Grand Cayman was founded in April 16th 1957 and has been presenting flower shows to the public since 1961. It is held at the South Sound Community Center in George Town.

The Garden Club aims to promote interest in and knowledge of gardening and all things related to the enjoyment of the natural beauty of the Cayman Islands.

To undertake projects, for themselves or in concert with others, to beautify and support the community.

They also wish to encourage the promotion of friendship and understanding among people of all races and nationalities who share their interest in gardening.

Did you also know that cell culture is also used for the commercial production of a tremendous number of plants in a short period of time-such as the chrysanthemums you may buy at the grocery store?


Salt-N-Pepa (Ft. DJ Spinderella) recently performed at the KAABOO Cayman Islands Festival between February 15th-16th 2019

And while we are on the subject of grocery stores- In another article I’ve written called, “Let’s talk about trash baby…lets talk about you and me”I also touch on other needs for sustainability and why we need to avoid waste when possible.

Plants and Medicine

Plants also provide a wide array of chemicals, many of which have medicinal effects on humans.

For thousands of years, people relied heavily on extracts made from the leaves, stems and barks, roots, and other parts of plants to treat illnesses, and some still do.

Today, many countries like Korea, China and Japan use botanical products in an attempt to prevent or alleviate a variety of common health problems, including colds, fatigue, depression, and even memory loss.

According to my research, useful drugs have also been developed from plants. For example, Reserpine, which is a drug used to treat hypertension, is produced from Indian snakeroot (Rauwolfia serpentina). Or extracts of rosy periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) which have been used in two cancer fighting drugs. Wow!

It’s obvious that with all the research being done, it’s evident that scientist believe that genetic engineering techniques may revolutionize worldwide agriculture and health!

A Letter For My Mother

Mike’s Common Sense

Hi mom, happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are well. I just wanted to send you a note to let you know I was thinking about you.

As I was thinking about what I wanted to say, I was kind of overcome with the realization of all of the things you did for me personally, and for our whole family.

I know when I was a child I was the most troublesome of all of your kids. Part of this I think was because I was the middle of your three sons, and whenever there was a fight I was always involved with one of my brothers. Another part of this was I was a schemer, and a sneak; I thought I was smarter than everyone else, and tried to prove it by pulling off schemes to get what I wanted.

As troublesome as I was, your love for me never wavered, and neither did your patience. For this you have my eternal gratitude; I credit you in great part for me growing up to be the man I am today.

As a child, Dad was my hero, but it was you who was my rock. You were always there when I needed love, or someone to understand what I was going through. You made sure I had a good lunch when I left for school, and our family had a good meal every night for supper. My clothes were always clean, and you even let me listen to the Rock-N-Roll radio station.

When I think back I remember all of the wisdom you passed on to me; and in spite of my hard head, much of it has stuck with me.

In closing, I want to thank you for all of these things, and anything I may have left out. I thank you for taking nine months out of your life to carry me in your womb, and for the pain you endured to bear me. I owe you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid in one lifetime; all I can do is pass the love, and wisdom you gave me unto your grandchildren.

I love you mom.

Poem: Her

Her

May be she didn’t get enough love to give it back.
May be she was taught to be like that.
She was a blank canvas like you and I.
Somebody painted it with shades of black.
She thinks only of herself,
Cause nobody else did
When nobody stood for her,
Her soul was forced to be rigid
I’ve seen her smile, I’ve heard her sing
They both told me stories which were hidden.
Just like the coin there is side 2!
Which she prefers to not show you.
She is afraid she might break again.
She has to fight in order to stay sane.
You may call her indifferent but I think otherwise.
She found demons in disguise….

-Vritti Khawani