Simple Maths

Dear Honourable Minister of Education Anthony Garcia,

I write to you requesting your urgent assistance with a basic arithmetic problem: What is 15 minus six? Continue reading “Simple Maths”

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Trinidad is Not a Place

It has been two years, two months and two days since I’ve last published a blog. So long that I’d actually forgotten the URL to this blog. And the log-in. To my own blog.

Incredibly aptly, my last post began by admitting that I have a tendency to drop off the map in just this way, specifically because – feedback aside – I have a hard time believing that my self-appointed role as Captain Obvious is at all necessary.

But that’s not why I dropped off the map this time.

I stopped writing because I lost my voice, figuratively speaking.

I went through some things. Unpleasant things. Continue reading “Trinidad is Not a Place”

We Like it So

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There’s a reason this blog is called Square Peg (Round Hole). I grew up in NY, so you can imagine the culture shock I experienced upon returning to a place for which my expectations were based solely on Soca, Labor Day and overheard reminiscences. I’m pretty sure I spent the first five years here saying “In America…” and in the six years since, I’ve accepted that some things (ok, a lot of things) are just never going to make sense to me.

Don’t get me wrong, America is not the promised land (believe you me), but the things that baffled me about Trinidad upon arrival (and continue to exasperate me today) do not do so because they are major issues. They drive me nuts because, when you drill down, they are minor issues left unchecked that cause major problems. Put another way, most of the things that everyone (from born and bred Trinis to transplants like myself) spend most of our time griping about are relatively easily remedied… assuming anyone actually wants to remedy them at all.

Things like:

Continue reading “We Like it So”