Year 2016: Reflections – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision


Year 2016 began with the death of my friend and neighbor Benny on January 4. Every day, I looked out onto our desolate courtyard. Gone were the moments spent with Benny, his wife, and their nature-loving daughter.

I wasn’t alone in my grief. In the Middle East where our endless wars of terror ground on without mercy, death was everywhere. No family was spared. Collective grief saturated the air. Wailing mothers shattered the light. Traumatized orphaned children roamed the rubble of a stolen future.

How many more people must lose their homes, their livelihoods, and their loved ones for our freedom, comfort, and security? What are the consequences for the pain we inflict with impunity on women, children, and other civilians? Where is our moral compass?

The disintegration of my son’s marriage came two days after the news of Benny’s death. After my emotional struggle to let go of my…

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  • demerwater  On 01/03/2017 at 5:40 am

    Rosaliene, there is a Guyanese adage, “God doesn’t give you more than you can bear.” Many times I have found those words enough motivation to carry on.
    You demonstrate an ability and will to overcome. It is a gift that gives more; the more it is tested.
    My very best wishes to you for the new year.

  • Anna Boston/Denny.  On 01/03/2017 at 6:39 pm

    Rosalliene,I feel as though I know you already.I spoke to you about my cousin Leslie Cummins Vice Chancellor at UG,I do not know if you rremember.Our grand mother was a Bacchus,,so you live in California ;I live there but in Bakersfield.Happy New to you and family.Will continue to read your blogs.

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