Archive for ‘Fuana Tmarsel’

February 11, 2013

Wishing you Love on Valentine’s Day

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, so here’s wishing you a very Happy Valentine! With that, I thought it would be appropriate to explore the idea of love. Not only romantic love, but love in general. Love is defined as having intense feeling of deep affection. Love is not infatuation and it is not lust though lust and infatuation may contain the same element of intense feeling of affection. Love endures. It is patient and kind even when it is not rewarded. Love forgives and does not keep record of wrongs. Lust, on the other hand, is fleeting and infatuation is short-lived. Lust, like infatuation, is impatient and may turn sour when unrequited. One of my favorite quotes about love is from H. Jackson Brown Jr. author of Life’s Little Instruction Book. He said, sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. This is special because true love is able to see and appreciate the beauty within a person and seeks happiness for that person, whether or not they reciprocate.

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January 29, 2013

Parting is but…

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

The documentary film on residents of Namie survivors of the March 2011 Tsunami depicts heartbreaking stories of the loss of their loved ones and shows that time has not removed the grief brought by a sudden and unexpected death of their beloved family members. The film is excellent presentation of grieving process.

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January 21, 2013

Sanctity of Life

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

To be alive is divine – to be able to love and to be loved, to embrace and be embraced, to see the beauty around us, to give and to receive; to laugh, smile, and even to take a dim view on things; these are life’s many miracles.

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January 8, 2013

The House Pigs Out

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem”, said Abraham Lincoln in his candidacy address for Illinois State Legislature. He was then about 23 years old. In 30 years, he became the 16th President, and won second term, only to be assassinated April 15, 1865.

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December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012 – Welcome 2013

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Encapsulating the year 2012 is not easy, given the limited time I have. But if it was a novel it certainly be action-packed adventure thrill with a double climax and unfinished plateau.  The nation entered 2012 with the Congress wrestling each other on the Budget Bill  –  passed March 2012. Of course there were those supplementals that came thereafter.  While the discussion on the Budget was rocking the Congress chambers,  Alan Seid, business man and legendary public figure, filed a case against the President regarding his declaration of the state of emergency after the fire at Aimeliik Power Plant.

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December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas….

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Have you any room ?…

Palau appears to be mellow this Christmas. The preparation for Bopha was more bustling; perhaps it is because when our lives are threatened, our natural response is to protect and defend it. Most of us hit the stores with gusto – 30 gallon water containers, plywood, and even kerosene stove were sold out. Candles, canned goods, foods and more foods were bought in abundance as we prepared for 3 days of destructive winds.  Despite difficulties and lack, we value our lives (and our loved ones) that we rise to protect it at any cost. And with the help of God we did; some lost their homes and personal properties, but donations have been pouring in which will help to rebuild and replace the lost material possessions.  As we sober up from the agitation of Bopha and transition into the joyful celebration of Christmas, let us not forget the One who truly loves us and as God incarnate was born in a manger to grant us the most precious gift of all – SALVATION.

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December 20, 2012

Christmas – A Love Story

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

From the Old English Cristes Mæsse’, meaning Christ’s mass, the story of Christmas begins with the birth of a babe in Bethlehem in Judea.

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December 10, 2012

God Spares Palau

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

For a week, Palau residents were preparing for Bopha. At first it was tropical storm Bopha making it’s way toward Palau from Pohnpei – forecasted to hit Saturday morning. Later in the week, it has packed winds to reach typhoon condition, but that too also soon changed, and by Friday November 30, 2012, people were warned that Super Typhoon Bopha was making landfall at midnight, December 02, 2012 with destructive sustained winds between 115 and 155 mph.

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November 10, 2012

Intellectual Dishonesty

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

If opinions put forward in the media are not protected from a threat of a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit, then we have an intellectually regressive system that assures freedom of speech to the few fat cats, who can afford attorneys to browbeat others to silence. If it is unlawful to deconstruct ideologies voluntarily proffered for publication, then we are moving toward communism; indeed we will not be exercising ideals of democracy.

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November 6, 2012

A Dig into Jacksonomics

Bt Fuana Tmarsel —-

With information fountainhead at a touch of a finger, there is no excuse to provide misleading information to readers. I do not pretend to understand the various literary skills that one employs to emphasize a point, but a figure of speech that gives a wrong picture, is, I believe, nothing short of a lie.

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October 22, 2012

Palau for Jesus

 

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. This is a familiar Bible verse for many of us. We have heard it enough, both in and outside the church. Some of us have memorized it, without much effort. Similarly, most of us have heard so much about God’s love, that we have become immune to its intensity. He loves us so much, he gave His Son to die in our place.  This is an immense expression of love, yet we seldom reflect upon it.

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October 15, 2012

Who…must throw the Stone?

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

We live and learn and perhaps that is the benefit of getting old – learning a lot of things about many things. Unfortunately, there aren’t any perfect people in the world, so we either hear the good things, or the negative things they supposedly have done. Unfortunately, too many of us would rather live with the lie than search for truth, giving opportunity for the fabulists to heap lies about themselves and about others.

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September 17, 2012

Billboard Mania or Narcissism

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Once upon a time, as the Greek legend tells it, there was a delightful young hunter named Narcissus. He caught the eye of many nymphs among them Echo, the nymph who was cursed by Hera, because of her trickery.

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August 24, 2012

“With Malice Toward None”

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Nobody in America expected a poor girl from public housing project to make it to Princeton. No one expected a child of a poor welder with a third grade education, to be a judge. But today Sonya Sotomayor is the third female justice in the U.S Supreme Court; she is the first Hispanic Woman to sit at the nation’s highest bench. She may have few equals, and even fewer to eclipse her in performance and intellect. But most success stories like hers are buttressed with diligent tenacity and determination to excel in what they do. The brain could have open doors, but character kept her in.

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August 13, 2012

Local Marketing

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Everyone is busy making a life; students are in school all day while the parents are out trying to make money. With such hectic schedule, ready-made food marketing is becoming a lucrative enterprise and small outfits selling food are springing up everywhere. I am not expert on food, but I do savor local culinary delights above the imported nutriments. As such, I am constantly on the market for cooked Palauan food, fish, taro and so on.

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August 8, 2012

JIN JIE at “LI LAUNDRY”

By Fuana Tmarsel —-      

In today’s hectic world, kindness is becoming a rare-commodity. Hope this story written by my friend, Kris will spur you on to kind acts. Enjoy

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August 2, 2012

Wonderfully Made

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

We have a right to believe in whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right, said Ravi Zacharias, author of the book– The Grand Weaver.  Recently, I found a write-up on one of his talks and thought I’d pass it on for your enjoyment. I believe this is a verbatim of his response to the question of homosexuality. In any case it helps us to think, and think deeper.

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July 28, 2012

True Leader Opens Doors of Opportunities

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

A task of a great leader is not to follow where the path may lead, but go instead where there is no path and make a trail. Indeed a true leader opens doors of opportunities for those they lead.  For years, Palau has lived on handouts from other nations – federal grants from America arming our teenagers with defender condoms, yet prohibiting our teachers from sharing about God to their students. Then we have the stimulus grants from Taiwan to assist with construction of village roads so that their people can bring in their airplane, buses, and boats to improve tourism and earn whatever dollars there is in Palau to send back home. Our presidents call these foreign aide; but they are really dollar diplomacy – a catch-22 for a small nation “wanting” independence.

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July 16, 2012

A Day in Palau

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Have you ever played tourist in Palau? I mean just going from one place to the next visiting the various villages? This weekend a few friends and I took an excursion around the back country enjoying its beauty clothed with verdure of tropical foliage and the fresh breeze. Our first stop was Ngeremlengui. We drove down to the port by the beach huts.  As we sat down in the huts to enjoy the fresh breeze, we noticed some villagers at the Community center so we decided to walk over.  As typical of island life, (meeting relatives wherever we go), a cousin was amongst the group of potters and took delight in showing us their beautiful handy work.  It was an educational experience and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to see their work. Indeed it was special.

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July 5, 2012

The Heartless Brain

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

I like to think of myself as an island girl. I enjoy work at the taro patch and meandering in the woods, though I hardly have time these days.  I love fish, and most sea foods including sea cucumbers’ intestines, crustacean brains and mollusks cooked in coconut milk. I take delight in stargazing and especially enchanted with the illumination of a full moon. Though I won’t saunter too far barefooted, I do enjoy the nature and the refreshments it provides. I love the simplicity of a small island – the familiar faces, and the slow paced quality that allows leisure and downtime.  I consider it a blessing to know that we have access to some of our leadership. Indeed, there is safety in being small.

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