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alex's life book

  • In early 2006, I began creating a life book for my daughter, Alex. Click here for links to articles describing my experience.
  • And for those of you who are more digitally inclined, in late 2006, I recreated key pages of Alex's lifebook for an article I wrote for AlphaMom, using Scrapblog.

    You can see the final digital result (and leave comments, if you'd like!) here.

what's been on my nikon lately

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I'm not sure how that links to the schizophrenia angle of it all. I think you meant split personality. Schizrophrenia isn't split personality disorder. That's different.


Christopher --

From Wikipedia:

A person experiencing untreated schizophrenia is typically characterized as demonstrating disorganized thinking...

... yeah. That.



I would love to hear yours, Alex' and Marcus' accents and compare!


Yesterday I was waiting for my eye exam and I decided to pick up a somewhat trashy magazine to browse through while I waited. I came across an article that grabbed my attention. It was about this German girl who, from age 7 to 17 or so, was raised up by a cannibal tribe in Africa (I don't remember what the name of the people was). Her parents were linguists & she & her brother were raised up in that environment for a long time. Somewhere along the way, the family moved to the States and she talks about how scared they were & overwhelmed with all the choices, like how many kinds of potato chips there are or something, plus the noise and traffic and rules. She was used to be being a free bird among the tribe in Africa. The family moved back to Africa and she contined living there until her late teens when she was sent to a Swiss school so she could learn the Western ways and get an education. The experience left her confused, not knowing which was her true identity. This also reminds me of the character Ash in the book The Far Pavilions, who was raised in India but was actually British and spent equal time in both countries. It's interesting how some people face difficulties in determining their "identity" while others have no problem with it. Anyways, your post reminded me of that. I think it's great your daughter is raised around and exposed to so much culture. It's a wonderful privilege that not many people have.


It's lovely that Alex is surrounded by so many cultures. I used to teach in a middle school where the 600 students spoke over 30 languages in their homes. There was plenty of adolescent teasing and stuff, but it was never about a kid's accent, name, culture, etc. These kids thought little of how different they all were from each other and picked up bits of their friends' languages along the way. Now I teach in a school where the only 3 kids who are not of European descent are adopted children of white families. We have to create a sense of diversity by studying different, foreign cultures. I think they are slightly disadvantaged (unless they never leave Maine, which is the whitest state in the country).


I think 4 1/2 inches is absolutely great. Especially for just the short amount of time you've doing this and not changing your eating at all. You're way ahead of me! Don't give up the running, I bet your body is loving the exercise. Keep away from the constuction zone though, that extra 1/16th mile isn't worth it. :)

dave / higher powered

I suspect Alex will ALWAYS be a Trini, no matter where she resides.
Although I 've never actually lived in TT, I have spent a number of months there over the past 17 years. I would recommend it to anyone. I've yet to find a country or region that doesn't have crime.

Sandra  Benoiton

Just found your blog and feel like a treasure's been revealed. Parallel life thing happening...
I used to live in the US, but have been in Seychelles for the past decade plus, so also an islander.
My kids, three and a half and 14 months, are going to end up with strange accents in all the languages they'll speak, as they also have varied input.
Wish I could say I share your loss of 4 1/2 inches this week, but that would be stretching it!
I look forward to catching up.


I've been in Florida for just four years, but I learned quickly how to reform my Trini accent and articulate it differently so I can be understood.

When I'm on the phone with my parents, family and friends from home, I slip easily back into the dialect, but when I'm around Americans, I go back to this mix between the "Convent" accent and clipped Trini-American speak.

To my American friends, my Trini accent is still unmistakeable, yet when I go home, my Trini friends tease me about how American I sound.

You're right, it's like being bilingual, but accentwise.


That is a GORGEOUS photo. And I'm realizing I know nothing whatsoever about Trinidad. Will have to do some reading!


it is great to be able to raise children in such a diverse and accepting manner. My daughter was just telling me that last week my grandson (6 yrs) was trying to tell her about a classmate, and he was describing this other little boy in many and various ways and she finally realized the one thing that Caleb never said to describe the other kid? he is black. What a world it would be if race/ethnicity was our first descriptor, not that there is anything wrong with using this to describe a person, but there is really so much more about a person that this one thing!

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