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Columns : Robbin's Nest - Robbin Whachell
Trashy Stories - Dec 29, 2008 - 12:46:03 PM

Walking the beach one day I was shocked at the myriad of colourful litter I found washed up on the shore. I walk the beach almost every day, so I am used to seeing litter along the way, but this day in particular it seemed as if the ocean gods had spit up as much as they could find from their bowels and said, "Here - back atcha" to us humans.

I had my camera along with me and started to take photos of the trash I came upon, as I was quite enthralled by the types of trash I was finding. So varied I began to wonder how such items got to be there.

My mind started to wander... and I decided to write about three specific pieces of trash I came upon. I turned each piece of trash into a short story. Here they are...

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Two from the Nest - Dec 16, 2008 - 7:49:02 PM

There is no greater gift than our children. I am blessed to have four of them. Nothing in life prepared me for that first moment of knowing I was a parent. Of course, all that went with 'being a parent' unfolded over time, and it has allowed me to learn so much about myself. Our children are indeed our biggest mirrors.

Time passes too quickly and soon they are older, and old enough for a world of choices to open up for them, and also old enough to be presented with adult concerns and challenges.

My children were 2, 4, 6, and 9 when we moved to The Bahamas. It was idyllic when we first arrived. Life in the sun. Afternoons spent on the beach, exploring the nature and strange new sounds, sights and tastes that surrounded us in our new island home...

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Internet Love - Sep 24, 2008 - 3:54:27 PM

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The internet has helped bridge the gap in those so-called extremely difficult 'long distance relationships'.  Today we have the power of the internet to keep our love alive, and keep in constant contact with our family members and those we love . With the use of a web cam, we can now even see any person/s every day.

As long as you have internet access, you and your lover can potentially keep the vibe alive...

But, another interesting phenomenon has cropped up in these years of the technologically advanced. Now we even have love that begins on the internet. Popular dating or couple-matching sites are everywhere. But lets start a little more base than that. Here is a scenario:
Jean meets John while she is vacationing in The Bahamas...
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Hurricane Season: Winds of Change... - Sep 10, 2008 - 4:52:53 PM

Well it's only been a couple months into hurricane season and there has already been quite a bit of action! I am fortunate to say that here on Grand Bahama Island we were unscathed by the recent storms, except for some power outages from time to time.

First there was Tropical Storm Fay which brought us a week of gloomy wet windy weather, which can be a refreshing change, but it did seem to ruin the final week of summer, at least for my daughters who were leaving for Canada to go to school.

The weather kept them in doors that week so they finally took time away from the beach and their friends to wade through the sea of their own lives that had accumulated in each of their bedrooms from their ten years living here in The Bahamas. I breathed a sigh of relief that FINALLY they were taking action for their upcoming travels...

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Has Your Face been Booked? - Jul 8, 2008 - 11:57:17 PM

The era of the computer-age speeds along. How could we ever function without it? If it were not for this wonderful machine we would  feel back in the dark ages. Today news and information is power, and it comes at lightning speeds  - speeds that some of feel we struggle to  keep up with... Some simply choose to not.

The choice is ours. I for one absolutely love it! Hey, it is my job to catch information as it is doled out across the planet on this world wide web. Times have changed. Today anything about anyone can be read by the masses in mere minutes - be careful what you put into print as it is now a thread on the multi-layers of the web called the internet. I urge anyone to do a Vanity Search on www.google.com and just see how your own name could be out there!? A Vanity Search is when you enter your own name on a search engine...

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The Power of the Media, The Power of the Internet - Oct 24, 2007 - 11:47:43 AM

Being in the media business, I know how fast word can now spread across the globe in this modern day. If you watch television news, you will know what I mean.   With today’s technology, news travels at the blink of an eye.   This is a wonderful tool for good – for informing one another of grave dangers, or spreading good cheer. Unfortunately with the good, also comes the bad.

To someone who prefers to uplift, than pull down, the grave news can be very disheartening and overwhelming at times.   Now, not only can I find out what ills plague my own community or country, but I can get detailed reports, or graphic videos or photos online of terrible things happening in other parts of the world...

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Our stay in Woods Hole, MA. aboard the Atlantis II - Aug 21, 2007 - 1:57:25 PM
I write you from York Beach, Maine, from Diane's beach home. Here within is my next installment featuring our visit in Woods Hole, where the crew and vessel the Atlantis II were honored and privileged to have dockage at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for six days. During that time, the active research vessel Knorr also arrived home. Over three hundred WHOI employees toured the Atlantis II and shared a wealth of knowledge with us.  Enclosed are the highlights of our stay, and an album of the photos to accompany the journal.
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We've arrived in Woods Hole, MA. - the adventures of the Atlantis II - Aug 13, 2007 - 5:09:18 PM
I write you from Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Leaving The Bahamas, a little delayed on August 2nd at 9pm, we had five days of sailing up to Woods Hole aboard the Atlantis II - her inaugural voyage after her re-christening and restoration. We had amazing weather and beautiful seas up to our destination with the rough waters only the last couple of days. It was my children's first time out to sea and we had a great trip. Although we'd expected Internet, we did not have it, and so I was busy journaling the trip which ended up being seven days, instead of five to get us in to Woods Hole. You will have to read why we had the delay in arrival, and learn how we made out on the journey. View our photo album.  It is so far an amazing experience we shall not forget....
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Bon Voyage - I am off on an Adventure! - Aug 1, 2007 - 11:36:45 AM

After thinking we were going to have a stay-put summer, a sudden gift comes our way….and a chance of a life time results!  Just a note to let you know my four children and I have left to travel aboard the Atlantis II research vessel! There is more written about this historic vessel that was involved in the discovery of the Titanic.  We (the children and I, and the crew) will be leaving directly for Wood’s Hole (near Boston) where the ship was commissioned (1962) to be built by the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute (world’s largest non-profit oceanographic institute)...

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Beauty at the beach? - Jul 13, 2007 - 12:29:37 PM
It was hot!  I took a break from the computer to head off to the beach for a swim.  I got to my usual spot. On Grand Bahama Island we have so many wonderful choices for beaches. Walking down to the sand, I was shocked to see what I did. This usual pristine beach was littered with garbage, mostly plastic garbage. I thought back to a recent article I read and posted on this site called, Plastic Ocean. I walked along and was amazed at the amount of plastic I saw in a short distance of only 100 yards....
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From the Nest... - Jul 2, 2007 - 7:37:16 PM
So where have I been some of you may have been wondering...? Well, life has been extremely busy. First off, The Bahamas Weekly is growing at such a fast pace and I am very excited about its potential. I spend most of my time gathering information, sifting through information and posting information and images to this website, which has given me little time to write in my own column.
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When friends become Family - in memory of Leah Harlingten - Apr 30, 2007 - 3:32:03 PM
It is a busy Saturday and in the middle of my rush, as I am preparing sandwiches ‘to go’ for my kids as they all hurry off on their separate ways, the photo on the refrigerator stops me in my tracks.   It is one of Leah and I from years gone past. We are sitting at our dining table amidst a sumptuous meal prepared on our barbeque, a weekly ritual from our life back in Canada...
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Our Children... - Mar 28, 2007 - 10:52:49 PM
Your children are not your children
They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself
They come through you but not from you
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you...
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Reunited - Mar 18, 2007 - 5:41:25 PM

For those of you that have been following my column, you will be familiar with the true story of myself being the first on the scene of an accident.   “I am thinking of you” describes an event two years ago when my friend and I noticed smoke coming from a truck in the trees off Midshipman Drive.   I ended up holding a man’s hand for nearly two hours until he was pulled from his truck’s dashboard that had crushed down on his legs...

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Love, love, love... - Feb 13, 2007 - 5:57:28 AM

It is four a.m. in the morning.  I awake to get a drink of water.  Words are running through my head, “Love, love, love….” it is that great Beatles’ song.  I remember it is Valentines Day this week.   The time for lovers, the time for hearts and chocolates – what’s it all about?  I went into Winn Dixie yesterday (okay, now it is City Markets) and Easter candies and baskets are well stocked!?   Wait a minute, there was two days until V-Day and we were already selling Easter?

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I am thinking about you... - Jan 31, 2007 - 11:50:26 AM
About two years ago, we had a rash of road accidents, many of which were fatal. Within a span of about two months approximately five persons died on the streets of Grand Bahama – we lost some great human beings! There are a couple areas that seem to be cursed for accidents. One is the corner of East Sunrise and Balao; and the other is Midshipman Road in general, with two areas being the worst – the curved areas and the corner of Midshipman and West Beach Road.
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Water, one of our most valuable resources! - Jan 5, 2007 - 12:27:05 PM

WATER, have you had yours today?

Some facts about water...and some poetry too!

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Our new site: The Bahamas Weekly - Dec 2, 2006 - 10:55:06 AM

So what is this new site all about? 

Many of you are new to the site or newsletter , and so please allow me to give a bit of history. I’d like to thank those of you that have been with me since the humble beginnings of emails from my home computer. I live in Freeport, Grand Bahama and to learn more of how Gbweekly.com got started please listen to my audio interview on http://www.mackeymedia.com/ Go to my picture and click.

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The Quickening... - Nov 17, 2006 - 4:37:20 PM

Life seems to be speeding up or is it just me? How is it now almost the end of the year? The quickening… if you are like me, super busy all the time, you begin to appreciate the special moments in life all the more. Those moments when you feel God is holding you down by the shoulders and saying, “Stop and breath! Take a moment and just BE!”

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Earth, my home - Oct 26, 2006 - 11:36:17 PM
Isn’t it interesting how we call earth, or the world, our home…yet what is your world, my world? We are possessive of our dwellings that we rent or have paid for. We claim ownership of our community, city, or island we live in. Why? Is it a sense of wanting to belong? Yet when someone does something “wrong” we immediately disassociate. We find a way to separate...

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