Life Definitions: Health and Happiness


My dad and I when I was 6

My dad is not okay. I didn’t realize it would hit home as hard as it has. He’s in the hospital, sick. With what? I don’t know. I have no one to contact to ask these things to. My mom left for Haiti this morning and I’m sitting on pins and needles, waiting for her to call and tell me what’s going on.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’m so sick and tired of people getting sick and dying around me. I am ill-equipped for all of this. I’ve lost my grandparents and now my dad, who’s no spring chicken, is so badly ill that he had to go to the hospital? I have never gotten a message about him being sick before. And I don’t know whether that’s been because they didn’t know how to contact me (highly unlikely) or because it was never serious enough to call me.

I just want to be reassured. That is all I’m asking for. I just want to know what’s going on so I can plan according…

Life Definitions: Earthquakes


I don’t know if this is a brand new topic or just a continuation of a previous blog about Haiti’s earthquake. I was devastated to hear what happened to my country over a year ago. I was worried about not hearing from my dad, about my dying grandmother having to live through that kind of terror. But all my worries and fears faded.

And then New York gets hit with an earthquake, a tremor, if we want to be honest. Lasted the whole of five minutes and then everyone went back to work. More

Kreyol Word of the Day: dan

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dan   (noun)


dan m ‘fè mal. (Translation: My teeth hurts.)

Kreyol Word of the Day: lajan

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lajan   (noun)


Mwen pa genyen lanjan pou mwen achte manje jodi a.

(Translation: I don’t have money to buy food today.)

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Kreyol Word of the Day: Silans

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1. Silans (noun)


Mwen vle silans nan chanm nan. (Translation: I want silence in the room.)

2. Silans (verb)


Silans kounye a ti bebe. (Translation: Hush now baby.)

Kreyol Word of the Day: djondjon

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djondjon (noun)


Manman m ‘te fè diri ak djondjon yè. (Translation: My mother made rice and mushroom yesterday.)

Kreyol Word of the Day: maltèt

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maltèt (noun)


Mwen gen yon maltèt. (Translation: I have a headache.)

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