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All about that gift!

Gift-giving reaches its peak during the Christmas Holidays. Some persons think deeply about the interests, personalities and needs of their loved ones as they go about selecting, wrapping and delivering gifts that they hope will provide pleasure. There is much joy in giving and receiving gifts, perhaps more so during a global pandemic when many people are in isolation. We asked this question: What was the best gift you received this season? Kay Osborne, Retired Media Executive, Kingston “A flavourful Jamaican Christmas cake with old-time icing is my favoured gift this year - and last year, and the year before, and the year before that. Each year, my dear friend, Ardelle Dalla Costa has gifted me with a cake that comes from the master bakers at Terra Nova hotel. ...
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Socks with Sass It’s the fashion accessory that is adding pizazz to the plain old suit – the socks. No longer are socks merely peeping out from beneath pants’ cuffs, they are out in the open and making statements. Around this time of year, family members and friends are thinking about gifts. We suggest hosiery where there are many new trends for men and women. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is at left and beside him Prime Minister Andrew Holness showing off his statement socks. Take men’s dress socks, they now come in different hues and bold patterns. From ankle-length to knee-high, socks are made from different materials such as spandex, wool (too hot for our weather), polyester and nylon. Those who are conservative get to be a little playful and creative in their choices...
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Port Royal “barrel” chairs

Christopher’s bucket chairs After you see Maurice Christopher’s handiwork you will never look at a blue, storage barrel quite the same way again. The Port Royal carpenter has taken barrels which once transported goods to the island and converted them into chairs, and they were recently seen at a small watering hole on the fringes of the ocean, near Port Royal. It’s common to see these dent-resistant barrels/drums being used for storage of food and water and other items. They are a favourite of vendors who stuff their wares in them, they are lightweight and can be easily moved from place to place. These ladies are comfortable while they chat with Maurice Christopher. Christopher said someone gave him the idea and he started making these chairs five months ago. The ply-wood h...
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Peppermint- the mood booster

Peppermint and other types of mint, are among the herbs of choice for treating a variety of ailments. Back in the day, a cup of mint tea, emitting that sharp menthol smell, was the remedy most likely offered for treatment of digestive disorders and relief of colds. Lately, peppermint is being touted for its ability to perk up one’s mood. This is against the background of various professional studies into medicinal plants which have focused on their health benefits. Peppermint, black mint, spear mint are widely grown in Jamaica, is a native genus of the Mediterranean region and is used for its flavour, fragrance and pharmaceutical value. Mint goodness is recommended for car rides. A 2015 Western Oregon University study found that aromas, like mint, can improve one’s mood. Research...
Happiness School
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Happiness School

We have found America’s first “happiness school.” Located in the Miami Design District of South Florida, the newly-opened Centner Academy aims to prioritize happiness and emotional intelligence in its customized learning environment. Philanthropists, David and Leila Centner are behind this new institution for primary school-aged children who will benefit from a project-based approach. A happy child is a successful child, noted Mrs. Centner, who explained to the Aventura magazine that the school’s philosophy is based on the understanding that success does not lead to happiness, instead happiness is what leads to success. We sought a reaction from distinguished educator Mrs. Collette Fuertado-Pryce, principal of St. Jago High School, which has been in the business of educati...