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Somalia is Not India: The Importance of Cultural Competency

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Spirit Catches You

I have started reading the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, a story of a Hmong child and her encounters with the American medical system. As I read about the loyal social worker and her above and beyond commitment to Lia Lee’s family, I can’t help but think about my own experiences with a refugee.

For confidentiality reasons, I’ll call him Nadif, which means “between seasons” because in many ways, Nadif was always in a liminal stage. He escaped his war-torn country of Somalia through a sponsorship, along with his sister. Little is known about his mother and father — whenever I’ve asked him, he would go on a tangent about a blind man and suddenly start speaking both French and English.

Nadif was intelligent: he was trilingual (he spoke English, Somali, and French fluently), he had dreams of becoming a water engineer in Somalia and…

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Somalia is Not India: The Importance of Cultural Competency

break boundaries

Spirit Catches You

I have started reading the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, a story of a Hmong child and her encounters with the American medical system. As I read about the loyal social worker and her above and beyond commitment to Lia Lee’s family, I can’t help but think about my own experiences with a refugee.

For confidentiality reasons, I’ll call him Nadif, which means “between seasons” because in many ways, Nadif was always in a liminal stage. He escaped his war-torn country of Somalia through a sponsorship, along with his sister. Little is known about his mother and father — whenever I’ve asked him, he would go on a tangent about a blind man and suddenly start speaking both French and English.

Nadif was intelligent: he was trilingual (he spoke English, Somali, and French fluently), he had dreams of becoming a water engineer in Somalia and…

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Cap-Haitien – Carnaval 2013 | www.culture509.net

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483977_171315266336498_1914753065_nCe n’est plus une nouvelle, du 10 au 12 février  se tient au Cap-Haitien, le carnaval national 2013. «Yon ayisyen, yon pye bwa, ann pote kole» tel est le thème retenu pour les festivités carnavalesques de toute la République et «Istwa’n se idantite’n», sous-thème pour l’édition du grand Nord. Carnaval 2013 | www.culture509.net

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First Walk of 2013

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The “easy” walk this month, next Wednesday Jan 16th is the coastal walk along the train track from Greystones to Kilcoole and back.

Round trip distance of 4/5 miles – should take between 2 and a half to 3 hours

Usual start time: 11.00 a.m.

* * *Note: This walk may not suit everyone especially anyone with hip/knee problems. It is all flat but for the first 10/15 mins. it will be stepping along concrete blocks at the side of the train track.

 Directions – from centre of Greystones

Parking: Car Parks are south of Greystones Dart station.

(on Left if coming from Bray,  on Right, after swimming pool roundabout, if coming via Delgany)

(a)    Car Park at arch – entrance to beach under train track.

N.B. Need to Pay and display a ticket.

(b)The Park and Ride carpark which is accessed immediately after you turn the road…

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Best Surprise Ever: Destiny’s Child Reuniting for New Album

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Today, many of us were waiting with bated breath to hear what Justin Timberlake‘s mysterious announcement would be (it’s a new album, produced by longtime collaborator Timbaland)—but frankly, it was completely overshadowed by Beyoncé‘s announcement on Tumblr that the legendary R&B girl group Destiny’s Child would be getting back together, with an album slated for release on January 29.

Bey’s post read, “”I AM SO PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST ORIGINAL DESTINY’S CHILD MUSIC IN EIGHT YEARS!”

Aside from Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child includes Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, both incredibly talented singers who have maintained successful careers following the group’s split in 2005. Unfortunately, the album, titled Love Songs, isn’t all new material—it’s a compilation of some of their most romantic selections from 1997 to 2004—but there’s a new single called “Nuclear” produced by Pharrell that’s set to drop in conjunction.

With this…

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