Bonding Through Dance Crazes

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 18:22 — Melissa Stamper

Bonding Through Dance Crazes

Remember when this song was a hit? “Follow the leader (leader, leader), follow the leader: now clap and wave”. If the roof was on fire we did not need any water, we’d just let that mother burn. This song went viral like a fire that could not and would not be stopped.

Orphaned Voices Unheard: Part 2

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 20:34 — Melissa Stamper

Orphaned Voices Unheard: Part 2

Last week, we talked with Haitian author Ruth Auguste about her childhood which was the inspiration for her novel ‘The Children of Injustice’. Now she shares the lessons she’s learned and the advice she has for others.

 Sunshine on the Go by Melissa Stamper

Orphaned Voices Unheard: Part 1

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:17 — Melissa Stamper

Orphaned Voices Unheard: Part 1

Pump Me Up

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 23:23 — Melissa Stamper

Pump Me Up

The summer has begun and with it the beginning of the festival season. Open air festivals along with music festivals and film festivals: it is the season to be outside. As I was browsing through my newsfeed, I saw that the Aruba Film Festival was going on; a week with documentaries and film entries from different countries representing the Caribbean islands, such as Curacao and St. Martin, along with other independent movies.

Yes We Can Part 2: Who Run The World

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 21:31 — Melissa Stamper

Who Run The World

Madonna has crossed boundaries and broken taboos on sexuality and self-identity by reinventing herself every time, showing us that it is possible to change if you want to. Charlotte Raven (The Guardian, 2010) talks about the queenly aspect of the modern woman who thinks she is meant for better things and terms it as Madonnaesque. So how obvious can it be staring us in the face: we are the change we want be in the world!

Yes We Can Part 1: Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 13:06 — Melissa Stamper

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These

Music Is We Language

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 20:05 — Melissa Stamper

Music Is We Language

When I was a little girl, I remember finding a chest under my parents’ bed with the most beautiful trumpet I had ever seen. Finding musical instruments was not unusual at our house. In our home, music was not just notes and rhythm; it was an intricate part of our daily life, of our culture.

Love Remains The Same

Sat, 05/19/2012 - 12:53 — Melissa Stamper

Love Remains The Same

I never thought that I had any more to give, you’re pushing me so far here I am without you
Drink to all that we have lost, mistakes we have made, 
Everything will change but love remains the same.” - Gavin Rossdale

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 20:15 — Melissa Stamper

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

As I am sitting behind my laptop, I try desperately to come up with another subject other than what is really on my mind: my upcoming birthday. Normally, I’d find this the most exciting part since it is the preparation of the celebration and trust me, we Arubians know how to party!

Sunshine on the Go by Melissa Stamper

A Cup Of Comfort

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 10:35 — Melissa Stamper

A Cup Of Comfort

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