Celebrating Reading the Kindle Way!

Nothing beats sitting down with a great book and reading, won’t you say? If you can’t afford it getting it free is surely an option! 

One pertinent fact is that many think that you need an actual kindle to read books on kindle! Truth is that having a kindle is fine but once you are already an Amazon customer you can download the Kindle App to your device (e.g. mobile/ desktop/ laptop) and what’s even better is that you can search for books, purchase them and download the books you have purchased directly to your device!

Finding the kindle app is not as difficult as it may seem! One option is going to Google. Another for Android users is going to the Google Play Store! iPhone users can use the App store.

More great news is that the Kindle App is free and comes at no cost to you!

Do you also know that you can search for free kindle books? Try it and you will see that you surely can! Free books on kindle may be free but you need to act quickly if you want to get it at $0.00.

Whether you are looking for a fictional piece be it for a child or an adult there should be something to pique your interest! Also if you want books on meditation or cooking or yoga here’s what you do:

Select the store option on the app and type in what you are hoping to find! For example you can type in the search bar these options- “free meditation books” or “free recipe books” or “free yoga books” or “free children’s books”. All of these options will yield positive results. Once you see a price saying $0.00 it means it is free. It also means no charge will be added to your credit card. Like your other purchases you will receive an invoice for your purchase and you can also find the proof of your $0.00 purchase under your digital purchases!

Finding this useful video will surely help you!

 

This is another way that will surely pique your interest: 

One thing is for certain- this is a way of encouraging young and old alike to continue reading and it promotes leisurely reading!

Here are some books that are free exactly at this moment. If you are interested in them please purchase them now as they may not be free tomorrow.  These are just some options of free books you can buy at this time (28 November 2017) but please use the pointers above to get other reading options from various genres to pique your interest. From me to you, happy reading!

 

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Celebrating World Kindness Day 2017!

Happy World Kindness Day 2017

Happy World Kindness Day 2017 everyone!

What does kindness mean? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines kindness as “the quality or state of being gentle and considerate.”

My take on kindness is this: Kindness is free. It starts with one and can be spread to millions. I believe that kindness is a way of life and it is something we should always practice. It costs nothing but offer major benefits. Won’t you say?

Here is some information shared by CaCao TV . In this video the history of World Kindness Day is explained. There are 5 fast facts on World Kindness Day that I am certain can help in understanding how important this day is and why it is important. If you cannot click the video below please click on the link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xStyjUQNrHs

Now, here are some interesting perspectives on kindness! They are all valid and each speaker offers a unique experience! The question it asks is: Are you kind? So are you? In answering yourself please be honest but I am sure that you are reading this because kindness is something you can identify with. Again I have included the link for those who are in need of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oazzrkh2X9o

As we move on I am happy to let you know that I opted to choose the video below because I love the way kindness has been depicted in it.  Like the other videos I am sure there is something we can all identify with. This video is very engaging and it helps us understand how kindness helps us as well as others. As with the other videos here is the link in case you need it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju3ygNPFH98

Always remember that being kind is something we should all be inspired to be! A part of treating others as you would like to be treated means improving your quality of life. This will result in a happier and a more fulfilled you!  In an effort to offer you further motivation I have opted to include this link that leads you to 25 quotes on kindness: https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/25-quotes-about-kindness-that-will-inspire-you-to-make-a-difference-and-be-happy.html

In closing I urge you to always be kind! This message shared by His Holiness Param Pujya Dr. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji says it all. It provides a profound message on how to life. As His Holiness Param Pujya Dr. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji says in one of His SGSPosts today, “Be simple, generous, kind and truthful.”

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Please don’t let all these precious messages fall on deaf ears! As I always say it’s yours for the taking! Happy World Kindness Day 2017!

Celebrating the 1st Annual TTCME Awards

One space; one night to share in one goal under one banner-TTCME Awards”- Richard Cornwall, Executive President and Founder of Acknowledging Caribbean Talent (ACT)

The Lord Kitchener (Aldywn Roberts) Auditorium at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) came alive on Thursday evening with the presentation of the first annual Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean) Music and Entertainment (TTCME) Awards.  It was a night to remember and we were happy to be there to see it all unfold as we have been following it since we first heard of it. Surely many others can agree with this! 

The ambience in the reception area was one of celebration filled with several opportunities including  ‘walking the red carpet’. In attendance were the British High Commissioner Mr. Tim Stew and Mayor of Port-of-Spain Alderman Joel Martinez together with well-known media personalities Nikki Crosby, Samantha John, Hans des Vignes, Michelle Xavier, Sophie Wight, Sunny Bling and a host of others.

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In just three months and 15 days the TTCME Awards was presented to the world. It was a soulful ambience of celebration and breathtaking performances, marked by the announcement and presentation of awards to 26 winners. These winners were chosen by fans who voted in a text-to-vote system that provided 100 per cent transparency. In addition to this three achievement awards were presented and several companies and individuals who are consistent in their efforts in various fields were recognised.  

The evening’s proceedings was filled with a perfect blend of rich cultural presentations from various musical genres that represent the diversity of our islands and the capture the essence of our people. The audience was treated to gospel performances from several artistes including Vanessa Briggs who won the Gospel Singer of the Year for Praise and the Gospel Singer of the Year for Worship. Also securing two titles was Aaron Duncan. He won the title of Soca Performer of the Year and also won the Song of the Year Title for his song “Born Ready”.

In addition to Vanessa Briggs there were several other performances. These include live performances by Blaxx, I-Sasha, Jason “Fridge” Seecharan, Krystal Khayne, Anokha Baptiste, Dane Gulston, the Alternative Quartet, Chromatics, Sally Sagram, Whitney Cummings, the Dayo Bejide Organic Music Movement, KI, Explainer, Inzey and the Dopeskis, Surge, Neval Chatelal and Nishard M.

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Mr Richard Cornwall, Executive President and Founder of Acknowledging Caribbean Talent (ACT); Pioneer and Visionary of Trinidad & Tobago (Caribbean) Music and Entertainment Awards who made it a reality through his efforts and the help of his dedicated team.  Photo Credit: TTCME Awards https:www.facebook.com/TTCMEAwards

For those who are curious about who came up with the idea of the TTCME awards here it is! The concept for this event was pioneered by Richard Cornwall, Executive President and Founder of Acknowledging Caribbean Talent (ACT). Its focus is recognising and rewarding persons in the entertainment industry for the contributions they have made in various areas. Collectively these areas contribute to the high quality that is evident in across the industry.

Commenting on the event Mr. Cornwall said, “We will continue to provide a platform for the voices in the music and entertainment industry and many other talents within it, be it against the grain or not and continue to move ahead and achieve via the TTCME Awards. It is here to stay.”

This view was echoed by Dion Heath, General Manager of Acknowledging Caribbean Talent. The TTCME Awards was a dream and today it became a reality. Now we can shine the light on the talent of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension the wider Caribbean to highlight our uniqueness in this world. Even though we are small, we are mighty. ” said Heath.

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Overall the TTCME Awards has been described as “long overdue” and many are eagerly awaiting the TTCME Awards 2018. I fully agree with this and like many others, I am looking forward to  2018. The TTCME Awards continues to generate a quickly increasing number of followers on its social media pages. At present on its Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TTCMEawards/ there are over 1800 followers.

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Dennis Taye Allen, TTCME Social Media Marketing Consultant

Those who are eagerly looking forward to TTCME Awards 2018 will be pleased by the views shared by Dennis Tayé Allen, who is the TTCME Social Media Marketing Consultant. According to Allen,  “The inaugural TTCME Awards can only be seen as an outstanding success. Yes, of course the process had a fair share of flaws and some of the industry insiders will see the missteps more than the strides and advancement. But that’s how we are as a people. Trinis are very critical—and that’s good, because that’s the standard this show has to meet and exceed. “

He further added, “ACT, the main outfit behind the TTCME Awards, knows and understands that this could easily be a one-pop…we’ve seen that happen. Shows come, shows go but Richard Cornwall has a vision and a team of dedicated, industry-leading professionals onboard. If you look at the lineup of who was involved in this show you will see there are no scrubs on the bench. Everyone is top notch and that’s what’s going to make this build, grow and stay a fixture on the cultural calendar. Red carpet season starts with the TTCME Awards from now on.”

We can agree that there is a lot to look forward to!

On this note I use this opportunity to share a full list of the winners from the voting categories and the names of those receiving achievement awards with you. I am also very happy to share with you the names of those who were recognised for their consistent efforts: 

2017 TTCME Awardees
Awardees (Voting Categories)
Gospel Performer of the Year (Praise): Vanessa Briggs
Gospel Performer of the Year (Worship): Vanessa Briggs
Gospel Band of the Year: Pure Worship
Gospel Producer of the Year: Joshua Kelly aka “Kelly On The Beat” & “Kelly Beatz”
Soca Performer of the Year: Aaron Duncan
Soca Producer of the Year: Black Starr Production
Soca Band of the Year: A Team Band
Chutney Soca Performer of the Year: GI
Soca Chutney Band of the Year: BMRZ
Soca Song of the Year: Aaron Duncan (Born Ready)
Soca Chutney Song of the Year: Chana Daye (ClimaxXx & Hitman)
Live Performer of the Year :Michael S’Obrian (Showtime)
MC of the Year: J Angel
DJ of the Year: DJ Darian
Sound System of the Year: XiXgon International
Steelband of the Year: Silver Stars
Tassa Group of the Year: Central Riddim Tassa Drummers
Producer of the Year: Lil Vill
Best Instrumentalist of the Year: Johan Chukaree
Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year: Rael Luvi
Crossover Artiste of the Year : Marq Pierre
Sound Company of the Year: Pro Audio
Lighting & Special Effects Company of the Year: Experience Effects
Mas Band Launch of the Year: Harts
Fete of the Year: Wet & Wild Cooler Fete
Dance Company of the Year: Shiv Shakti Dance Company

Achievement Awardees
Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool: 9 Calypso Monarch titles; over 300 calypsos; over 40 years of experience as a Calypsonian
Amrika Mutroo: 2016 National Calypso Queen; Theatre Arts Teacher; 23 years of involvement in the field of Calypso
Kevin Da Costa: Personal Bodyguard Services

Recognition (for Consistency in their Field)
Events & Infrastructure: Ricky Ragoonanan Group of Companies
Stage Management: Shane Medford
Sound Engineering: Sean Joseph
Events & Décor: Events Land
Largest Sound Company: Rent A Amp
Most Outstanding Transport Company (Carnival on the Road): Junior Sammy (Sammy’s Multilift Services, a division of Junior Sammy Group of Companies)
Product Provider (Carnival Season): Carib Brewery 

For more information on the Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean) Music and Entertainment (TTCME) Awards please visit https://www.facebook.com/TTCMEAwards

To view the TTCME Awards 2017 on YouTube visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fad6BXmbPu4&t=101s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDOZOypAtEQ&t=7964

 

Celebrating First Peoples Day 2017 (Trinidad & Tobago)

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Today October 13, 2017 we celebrate with the First People of Trinidad and Tobago. In every sense this is an opportunity being cherished as it is an opportunity to celebrate existence with the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago. They may be a small community at present but they are a vibrant community and we applaud them on their many achievments and successes! They are the First Peoples who inhabited this twin island nation that we call home!

Though a one-off public holiday it is my sincere wish that this can be an annual holiday granted to the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago. Today (First Peoples Day 2017 of Trinidad and Tobago) is a day Trinidad and Tobago and by extension people the world over will remember on a yearly basis to celebrate with the First Peoples who inhabited our twin island republic.

This year the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival is hosting Indigenous Voices- “an afternoon of films presenting a diverse spectrum of indigenous storytelling and powerful narratives on the disappearing indigenous cultures of T+T and the Americas. ”  This will be held on Saturday 14 October from 12.00pm – 5.00pm, at the Arima Town Hall, in association with the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community.   Admission is free. For more information on this please visit https://ttfilmfestival.com/ttff-news-and-features/indigenous-voices-celebrates-first-peoples-in-film. 

This is one part of an entire week of festivities by the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community.

Here are some links from today’s festivities:

First People’s Indigenous Procession-13 Oct. 2017

For those who would like to find out more about the First Peoples Community of Trinidad and Tobago please visit these links:

http://www.santarosafirstpeoples.org/

http://www.santarosafirstpeoples.org/the-legacy-of-the-first-peoples-of-trinidad-and-tobago/

Here are two letters that are in support of First Peoples holiday in Trinidad and Tobago being a permanent holiday . The first was featured on Wired868 and was written by Alana Abdool. The second was published in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday and was written by AV Rampersad. Here is the link to Alana Abdool’s letter that you can read in its entirety on Wired868‘s site https://wired868.com/2017/10/13/dear-editor-a-one-off-holiday-for-first-peoples-are-they-children-of-a-lesser-god/ and here is the link for the letter by AV Rampersad: http://newsday.co.tt/2017/10/12/make-holiday-permanent/

To the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago congratulations and we will continue to celebrate with you!

As the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago have done and continue to do, I urge you to heed my call: “Celebrate Your Existence! Celebrate Who You are and All that You are!”

Celebrate Your Existence

 

 

 

Celebration Time: 3 year Anniversary of Celebrating Existence!

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Yes ! It’s Celebration Time at Celebrating Existence!

For those visiting this blog for the first time here is the About Page of this blog: https://rachaelathomasj.com/about/

To those who have been following this blog thank you for all of your support. Whether you have supported this blog via email, WordPress, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn your support has been greatly appreciated.

Here is some great news: Celebrating Existence has 74 published posts. At present it has been viewed over 5,100 times in 77 countries other than Trinidad and Tobago.

The most views for one month were recieved in August 2016.  It was 408 for that month. The post with the most views has been Celebrating Spirituality: Celebrating His Holiness Pujya Sri Swamiji Ganapathy Sachidananda of Mysore India. Here is the link: https://rachaelathomasj.com/2014/11/23/celebrating-spirituality-celebrating-pujya-his-holiness-sri-sri-sri-ganapati-sachidananda-swamiji

Here is a quote by yours truly, Rachael Ann Thomas-Jeremiah: “Writing is my passion! It is an expression of who I am! It is a means of defining me as a person! It’s my way of communicating with the world!”

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I enjoyed doing the design and I enjoyed creating my page Signature Writing Styles, which like this blog Celebrating Existence is uniquely mine.

For those who wish to find out more about Signature Writing Styles and for those who wish to see some samples of my work please visit https://www.facebook.com/SignatureWritingStyles/

 

Celebrating the Power of Silence!

imagesI5DQML35Let’s celebrate the Power of Silence or as I choose to call it, The Lost Art of Shhhh! Silence according to the Merriam Webster dictionary is the “complete absence of sound”. But what is the power of silence? It is the ability to search within and find that inner peace that none can disturb. This is not impossible but like everything else it takes practice.  I am happy to share these images with you:

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“Silence the Mind by Simply Watching the Breath”- HH Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji

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“Mirror reflects body. Meditation reveals Soul.”- HH Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji

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“Experience the Soul”- HH Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji

Have a look at this video:

This is an excerpt from a speech by HH Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji on the evening of September 4, 2014 at Meinberg, Germany. Here is the link to the rest of the speech by His Holiness:  http://dattavani.org/pravachana-malika/datta-vaakya/datta-vaakya-2014/september-2014/sep-4-2014/

Silence quotes according to HH Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji:
“1) In silence there are no quarrels.
2) Silence lies beyond the realm of judgment.
3) Silence is peace.
4) True silence occurs when the mind is still.
5) In silence there are no questions.
6) Creativity begins with silence.
7) The source of innovation is silence.
8) When the leaves stop rustling, the trees enjoy silence.
9) It is in silence that a fruit ripen to sweetness.
10) A flower gathers its colors in absolute silence.
11) True friends communicate best in silence.
12) Listening to pure silence is bliss.
13) To a screaming mind, silence is unbearable.
14) Silence teaches many things.
15) Silence can be peaceful, uncomfortable or ominous.
16) When thoughts are unclear, silence clears them.
17) A spell of silence brings clarity to situations.
18) Beautiful snowflakes fall so silently.
19) When silence is comfortable, there is peace in the air.
20) Compassion can be shown in perfect silence.
21) The silence of stubbornness is not pleasing.
22) When the mind is silent, the soul gets refreshed.
23) In deep sleep there is silence.
24) Silence speaks more eloquently than words.
25) There is music in silence.
26) Restless minds are frightened by silence.
27) Silence weaves lovely, soothing patterns.
28) Total silence turns the mind off.
29) In silence not even a leaf moves.
30) Words sometimes hinder communication.
31) The mighty and glorious Sun rises in deep silence.
32) The moon beams gently descend in silence.
33) The stars twinkle in absolute silence.
34) Silence empowers.
35) Words create a storm. Silence makes it calm.
36) Silence is sacred.
37) No communication. No conflict.
38) Beyond the realm of judgment lies silence.
39) In peace there is silence.
40) When the mind is still, it is true silence.
41) A questioning mind is not silent.
42) Silence inspires innovation.”

Here we are provided with a lot of great advice! They are priceless words and precious messages. Do not let these messages fall on deaf ears! What do we need to do? We need to Listen, we need to put these words into practice, we need to focus on being more silent. I

In closing please have a look at some of these other quotes which you might find helpful:

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Independence Day 2017!

August 31st 2017 marks 55 years since Trinidad and Tobago has gained its Independence!

On this occasion, Happy Independence Day Trinidad and Tobago!

tnt_independence_pm2Here are 2 videos showing different parts of the Independence Day parade:

The video below shows Independence Fireworks in San Fernando

For those who do not know of our history please visit this link where you can get some very valuable information: http://socanews.com/news/trinidad-and-tobago-celebrates-55-years-of-independence/

Pictures we can all agree tell a story! These pictures all tell a story. Can you find any more that help to tell the story of our Independence? Please feel free to share them!

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In closing let me once again extend Independence Day Greetings to you! Happy Independence Day Trinidad and Tobago! Happy Independence Day Trinibagonians! It’s 55 years and counting!

I leave you with this compilation of Patriotic Songs