We live in an age in which breeding mistrust of "others" is a growth industry. This is as true in the Virgin Islands as it is elsewhere. Smiles are not going to cure mistrust, but they can open doors.
Joan Gutliffe praises her stepsister for her hard work and creativity decorating the winning Frenchtown Christmas tree.
Alexandria Baltimore-Hoofkin explains and defends the new and controversial test requirements for high school students.
Joyfulness is an inner sense of peace and happiness. You appreciate the gifts each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops. Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling sad.
Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes.
Michael Bornn gives an overview of the teaching programs of two of the world’s most successful educational systems. He uses their very different approaches to alert Virgin Islanders it is time to retool their own system.
Natalia Kuipers compares a Christmas in the Virgin Islands with the clichés that are popular in movies and books. She thinks the holiday is something more important than Christmas sweaters, pine trees and snowflakes.
Being tolerant is accepting differences. You are free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams. Tolerance is also accepting things you wish were different.
One of the most anticipated community events on St. Thomas is the annual WICO Christmas Tree Lighting in conjunction with the Havensight Merchants Association. This year it will be held Dec. 9.
Understanding is using your mind to think clearly, paying attention to see the meaning of things. An understanding mind gives you insights and wonderful ideas.