Yesterday afternoon we held a wine and cheese party for our guests at The Heart, a wonderful little plaza on the Paya Trail. (Muffin is Lucy's little
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I was just out on the property checking the progress on a project the guys were working on this week and spotted this fella. It's a green iguana (iguana iguana). It always makes me happy to see the endangered animals that find refuge here at Paya Bay. I'm considering this a little present from the Universe and a good omen for a prosperous new year.
Galileo Galilei is going from heretic to hero. The Vatican is recasting the most famous victim of its Inquisition as a man of faith, just in time for the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope
I wonder if 400 years from now the Vatican's current attempts to deny basic human rights to some people will also be seen as a "mistake." I'm not impressed, Mr. Ratzinger. People and organizations who consider themselves "holders of the truth" are (and will always be) dangerous.
Monday, December 22, 2008
President-elect Obama's obvious commitment to personal fitness is inspiring. Way to go, O! (For the record, I had the shirtless look going first!)
The Roatan Ladies Club and Paya Bay threw a Christmas party for the local kids this afternoon. The kids ran races to win presents. The ones who didn't win were given little Christmas bags filled with goodies. For far too many of these kids this will be the extent of their "Christmas."
Seeing and hearing the happy kids really adds to the holiday spirit.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Honduras, Poverty by municipalities. Translation of the legend: Bajo=Low (the rest are obvious). Seeing this map makes me realize how insulated I am from the grinding poverty that 70% of my fellow Hondurans endure. Here in the islands we are especially unexposed to it since we have a multi-million dollar tourism industry that provides economic sustenance for a mere 60,000 people. This map is also eye-opening to me because the four green areas on the map (the Bay Islands, Metro La Ceiba, Metro San Pedro Sula, and Metro Tegucigalpa) are the places where I've spent 99% of my time as a Honduran. 5 million of my people live in extreme poverty, and I don't even know who they are or what a day in their lives is like. This is sobering. And shameful.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
While there are many determinants of happiness, whether an individual is happy also depends on whether others in the individual’s social network are happy. Happy people tend to be located in the centre of their local social networks and in large clusters of other happy people. The happiness of an individual is associated with the happiness of people up to three degrees removed in the social network. Happiness, in other words, is not merely a function of individual experience or individual choice but is also a property of groups of people.
Happy people attract happy people.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sometimes I'm convinced our semi-aquatic Lucky is related to a capybara. He gets hours of entertainment chasing small fish in the shallow water near Shell Beach. He's also one of the happiest dogs I've ever known. He definitely lives Paya Bay's motto: Feel Good. Be Happy.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Power concedes nothing without demand.
- Frederick Douglass
I suspect Douglass was referring to human power. When it comes to Universal Power, we simply have to ask (very precisely) for what we want in order to receive our greater good.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Our beautiful new chairs were made locally from island wood. The wood is called "summwood" here, not sure if that's the name used elsewhere. Dad designed them and they were built in his woodworking shop by two contracted carpenters. (Plug: Let us know if you need furniture built here in Roatan. The machines sit idle, otherwise).
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I swore to never be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides, Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim, silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
- Elie Wiesel
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
You did good, friends. Yes We Can. All and every single one of us.
There was definitely a shift that happened tonight. We are not the same human race were even a few hours ago. Tonight love won over hate. Hope won over fear. Optimism won over despair. Perhaps the human race has finally learned that it is our differences that make us strong and capable of overcoming any obstacle. I'm filled with hope and optimism for our tomorrow. It's going to take a lot of work to build this new future, but I truly believe we are now on the right track.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Evangelical Christians "praying for the markets" in NYC yesterday. While intellectually I understand their intent here, and I do believe that intention and focused thought can accomplish some pretty nifty things (so why not move the markets, right?), there is something very disconcerting about this particular choice of venue. I mean, isn't this the symbol of the runaway greed that got us in this mess in the first place? It's going to take me a day or two to wrap my mind around this one. Definitely a Hmmmr.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Don’t let other young people grow up to be afraid to be who they are because of the discrimination and prejudice they might face. Let them see a future that the generation before them couldn’t even dream of — a future as full and equal citizens of the greatest democracy on earth.
- Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU
Californians: I've had the good fortune of visiting your beautiful state many times. For me, your home is a place where the magnificent light of freedom shines brighter than any place I've ever known. I implore you to vote to ensure the human rights of your fellow citizens remain intact. Discrimination, prejudice, and denying others their human rights are all such last century concepts.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The way I see it, is we right now stand on the threshold of a new era---and we can stride into this new era with confidence and maturity, knowing we have put forth the best and the brightest to stand as our representative and our face to the world. In this new age, there is no place for small minded bigotry, devious politics or crippling religions---there can only be an assurance that what we do we do for the betterment of the society, ours and the worlds---or we can slip back into the small minded, hateful, superstitious, warring and dangerous isolationist attitude that we've been living in since the dark ages.
This is our time, these are our wings---and we can't let these people that believe they are on some kind of holy crusade to rape, pillage and plunder the earth, the people and what is left of our dignity.
It's time for the light of dawn after this long dark night...
-chaserblue on huffingtonpost.com
wow. a kindred spirit. very eloquently expressed.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I'm not sure who shares the most blame for the economic crisis currently churning around us. It seems that short-sighted politicians who deregulated banking and high finance to the point where greed was not being monitored and kept in check have a huge part of the blame. Another big chunk of the blame can be assigned to the CEOs of the banking industry who -- blinded by greed and unfettered by regulatory oversight -- allowed their underlings to take irrational risk in order to increase what seems like their already ridiculous overcompensation.
Whomever you are, if you in any way hold responsibility for this, I truly hope you can't sleep at night thinking of all the babies that are going to be going hungry because of your actions. Shame on you.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wall Street stormed back after its worst week ever and staged the biggest single-day stock rally since the Great Depression on Monday, catapulting the Dow Jones industrials to a 936-point gain and finally offering relief from eight consecutive days of stock market carnage
- Associated Press
Today Honduran President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya proposed legalizing the drug trade (en español). Quite a bold and interesting proposal from the president of a country struggling with a severe drug trade-related crime problem (on the mainland, mind you, not here in the islands). Could it be that he realizes that a poor country like Honduras will never be able effectively fight the drug lords and their abundance of narcodollars?
So, instead of chasing and killing drug traffickers we can invest those resources in education and training so that consumption and vice are controlled and lowered in this society.
- Mel Zelaya
Hmmm. This has "can of worms" written all over it, but perhaps Zelaya thinks that legalizing the multi-billion dollar trade could assist a country like Honduras in rising out of poverty. It's not like the "war on drugs" (and the hundreds of billions the US and the EU have spent on it) has worked. Definitely interesting times we live in.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Make no mistake about it. We've done it before and we will do it again. America will once again rise from the ashes of the Bushes.
- Hillary Clinton, 10/12/08
It can't happen fast enough. I want the real U.S. back (the one I used to admire: Ronald Reagan's "the shining city upon a hill"). I hope the first thing the next U.S. President does is make the use of torture by Americans illegal again. That would be but the beginning of the reassembly of a once admirable country.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Yesterday I took a mental health break and went scuba diving. Our first dive was at Morat Wall, which undoubtedly deserves its reputation as one of the best dives in the Caribbean. Our second dive was off the north shore of Barbaretta Island. Ten minutes into the dive I spotted a sea turtle swimming along the reef. It was truly one of those special moments that lets you know not everything is upside down in the world.
Thursday evening, as Winnie and I were setting up the beach for the Tribal Beach Party, I asked her rhetorically, "Winnie, we're going to make it through this, right?" I was referring to the flood of bad news the past few weeks regarding the world's financial markets and the resulting economic contraction. Winnie didn't miss a beat, immediately replying, "Oh yeah! We're going to make it! Spread the word!" Her optimism and enthusiasm made my heart and my soul smile. Winnie is the head cook for Paya Bay's food service. Photo Credit: Robert Fullerton.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there.
- Gov. Palin
:-| Who taught this lady English? Dubya? [gulp]
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
In the foreground is Wilkes Point, Roatan. Behind it is the island of Barbaretta. In the distance is Guanaja, the second largest island in the Bay Islands archipelago. Guanaja is approximately 20 miles from Roatan. The Google Earth screen capture below puts it all in perspective.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Literally, several dozen of these little 'helicopters' visit our feeders everyday. They're especially plentiful in the early mornings and right before dusk. They've become quite accustomed to humans and are usually oblivious by one's presence.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Very shortly, Dad will be launching the new 45-foot pleasure boat. The boat will allow Paya Bay to offer day trips to nearby islands and cays, whale shark watching and interaction expeditions, scuba and/or snorkeling trips to remote reefs, and sunset cruises. What a great new toy to enhance the vacation experience of our guests!
Two powerful Volvo engines.
At 9 feet wide, the deck is ample, comfortable, and versatile.