My many adventures

Hi Folks, I want to dedicate this first part to all the Houston people and now the Florida folks who were and are in the path of dangerous hurricanes. I pray for you, your family and your pets to get through this terrible time in your life. Some countries all around the world are facing flooding, mud slides and war, please send help, relief and prayers their way.

I survived breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I still want to visit.

I've been to Scotland, England, Vancouver, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, Yukon, Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway), a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & Sulcuk, Ephesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...

BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: September 7, 2017

Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband have been married one year. WOW that went fast. Was invited to Toronto in July to receive an Honorary Membership award from my union PSAC/USGE. They even brought my grandson up with me. We visited Niagara Falls, CN Tower and went to Medieval Knights dinner theatre. We had such a fabulous time!

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.
I just love summer! I hope the winter will be gentle to us.

Still trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

My granddaughter Layla moved back in so now the family is together again for a while. She is a musician and is going to Community College for a Certificate in Music Finance. She also wants to cook for a living because she just loves food and boy can she cook. I wanted to help her to go to Culinary School but we will have to wait to see when she finally makes up her mind.

My little guy Rialey is now 14 and is 6'1 1/2 ". He is so thoughtful of me and helps me a lot.

I really wanted to travel this year but since retirement, the money is too tight. I'll have to save up but I have all those beautiful memories to keep me smiling for now. Thankfully I have posted most here on my blod.

Take care my blogger friends.

Thanks friends,


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Colombia Article you must read!!

This Article was written by a woman who changed my life and compassion for the people of Colombia and with whom I ventured to witness the horror these people face on a daily basis.  For those in Salem, you'll have a change to hear first hand Adil Melendez.  Thank you Avi, for all you do for Colombians!

Reminder—celebrate Columbus Day by learning about human rights in Colombia.  On the North Shore you’ll have two chances to hear Adil Meléndez, human rights lawyer and activist from Cartagena.

Wednesday October 12, 10-11, Sullivan Building 109, Salem State University
Wednesday October 12, 12:30-2, IUE-CWA Local 201, 112 Exchange St., Lynn

Adil Meléndez is an Afro-Colombian attorney and community leader. He is active in an array of social movements on the Caribbean coast and has worked with the United Nations Development Program, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the Movement of Victims of Crimes of the State. As a candidate for public office in 2007 he was the victim of two assassination attempts.

He will discuss the full range of social, political, and economic phenomena that make life on the central Caribbean coast of Colombia difficult and at times intolerable, especially for indigenous and Afro descended populations and for the poor in general, and all based on his own experiences.

Adil has participated as an organizer in community organizations in San Onofre, campesino movements in the wider region, and the national Movement of Victims of State Crimes, known in Colombia as MOVICE, which has put him in contact with leaders from around Colombia and international guests including representatives of the Argentinean mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

Thanks to the national work and international outreach of MOVICE, a significant amount of attention has been drawn to the reigning impunity with respect to violations of human rights and the humanitarian situation in the Caribbean departments of Atlántico, Sucre and other parts of Colombia. For example, a public hearing in San Onofre was attended by a number of members of the Colombian Congress and documented more than 300 cases of paramilitary crimes. As a result, the local mayor, several council members, deputies, and members of Congress have been tried and sentenced to prison terms.

At this time, Adil is continuing his activity as an attorney for individuals and organizations victimized not only by the para-political nexus, but by the unjust and destructive social system that makes Colombia the most unequal country in the hemisphere. He is the coordinator in Cartagena for the National Movement for Human Rights in Afro-Colombian Communities– known as CIMMARON– as well the Center for Action and Justice against Racism, and he was a founder of the Corporation for the Reestablishment of Vulnerable Communities, known as RESTAURAR, which represents displaced and vulnerable populations in collaboration with the Movement of Victims in Sucre and Bolívar. In addition to direct work with these organizations he represents them in their relationships with international aid organizations, the Colombian government, and the United Nations Development Program – UNDP.

Adil lives and works in the two Cartagenas: the beautiful tourist Cartagena comprising the walled city with its narrow cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, the sea wall, the Castillo de San Felipe, and beautifully restored colonial architecture with its evocative balconies and the breathtaking Teatro Heredia. But the theater is named for Pedro de Heredia, the most prominent slave trader of the colonial city, and the Cartagena’s role in the colony was as its major port, dedicated to importing African slaves and exporting the gold and silver that was extracted further south.

Cartagena’s contrasts boggle the mind. The building boom of the last decade and more has made the modern city unrecognizable. A four lane highway is being extended northeast to Barranquilla and is being lined with gated communities, many of them complete with their own mini town centers, where tract houses are selling for over half a million dollars while black residents a couple of kilometers away are engaged in difficult and contentious negotiations to maintain road access to their communities, which lack paved streets and modern plumbing.

A few kilometers to the southwest of the central city and overlooking the industrial port and natural gas facilities is the favela called Nelson Mandela, where the multiethnic population is desperately and universally poor. Nelson Mandela is a destination for both new and historically displaced people from throughout the coastal region, where raw sewage seeps down steep, rutted streets and a sense of hopelessness is pervasive.

But one does not need to travel the few kilometers to Nelson Mandela to see neighborhoods where people live in desperate poverty. Just drive from the colonial city to somewhat newer sections on the bay, still out of sight of the high-rises and condos advertised as bargains when compared to prices in Miami, to see the unpaved streets, flooded properties, and naked children in dangerously substandard housing as you approach the sweltering and teeming public market.

San Basílico de Palenque is a nearby town founded by escaped slaves and declared a world heritage site by UNESCO due to its unbroken African heritage over the course of centuries, but a sad example of massive unemployment, social neglect, and abandonment by the state.

Within its few square kilometers Cartagena demonstrates striking symptoms of a society gone wrong, contrasting the kind of poverty endemic to the poorest countries in the hemisphere such as Haiti, Nicaragua, or Honduras with the opulent glitz of an incipient Miami at bargain prices for the elites but unimaginably out of reach for the vast majority.

Aviva Chomsky
Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies
Salem State University
Salem, MA 01970