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In an attempt to reunite the country through sports, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the inaugural International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships has created a 'One Lane, One Island' concept.
The newest twist to the event, taken from the Bahamas Games format, will run hours before the inaugural world relays, set to be held May 24-25, 2014, at the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Unlike in years past when athletics was primarily highlighted and featured at the Bahamas Games, more of the country's culture and junior athletes will be on display. A number of legacy pieces will be left behind, the additional splendor designed to establish The Bahamas as the number one sporting destination in the world. The educational/cultural competition will be held for all schools in the country.
"When we speak about legacy, the first thing we think of is capital," said Eric Savard, IAAF consultant to the LOC. "This event is going to generate a very important capital to the stadium, that is bringing it up to international standards to host other major track and field events, but it is not only capital, it is other elements. Major events like this, brings the entire country together. We will have the sporting community that will be involved, and the educational program that we are going to launch. We are going to be involved in the opening ceremony, the cultural aspect of it. We are going to involve the islands by doing a competition, 'One Lane, One Island', a junior program just before the event. We are going to involve the schools by adding the schools program, a competition amongst the schools. What we are doing, really, is bringing the entire community together. That is what major international events do all around the world, and The Bahamas will not be any different than these other organizing committees."
Mike Sands, president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), also mentioned that the 'One Lane, One Island' initiative will feature up and coming junior athletes. Sands said this is the best time for local junior athletes to compete and gain much needed exposure. He added that the competition level will be extremely high, and he encouraged all Bahamians to come out and watch the event. Sands also encourages Bahamians to come out and cheer on the junior athletes, as they too try to compete at a high level and gain exposure.
"The junior program will consist of an all-star team from different islands including Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma to name a few. Family Island coaches and sports council members in those islands will be directed by letters where they will select all-star athletes, similar to what the Bahamas Games used to be like. In this instance, we are inspiring the next generation of athletes."
The IAAF World Relay Championships is expected to attract more than 1,100 athletes and coaches from around the world. The world relays will serve as a qualifying event for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.
APD Limited's tour of The Bahamas has proven effective among everyday Bahamians, Guardian Business has learned, with at least half of the share offering being snatched up by retail investors.
Jamaal Stubbs, senior analyst at CFAL, one of the placement agents for the IPO, said these figures show the outreach program is hitting the mark.
"The mandate from the government was to have the widest share distribution possible," he added. "So far we are definitely meeting that goal. There has been a wide cross-section of Bahamian investors."
The IPO, making up 20 percent of the company's overall equity, has been touted as a landmark opportunity for everyday Bahamians. The investment gives citizens direct equity in the new state-of-the-art Nassau Container Port on Arawak Cay - the only gateway for imports and exports into New Providence.
Stubbs speculated the IPO, worth $10 million, will no doubt exceed that figure considerably. But under the terms of the offering, everyone is guaranteed the minimum buy-in of $500 to protect the average investor.
In fact, Stubbs told Guardian Business, in the end, retail investors should outnumber institutional entities.
Michael Maura Jr., CEO of APD Limited, will conclude the IPO tour today after a couple weeks on the road. The company delegation has filled schools and meeting halls in every corner of the country, he said, from Long Island, to Eleuthera to Exuma.
With no CFAL, Colina, Bank of The Bahamas or New Providence Advisors on some islands, Maura said Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has agreed to step up as a placement agent for the far-flung locales.
The CEO said he has been overwhelmed by the response and interest from everyday Bahamians.
"People are very grateful we have taken the time to give them a chance to see what it's all about. I think there is a fair number of Family Islanders that have not historically had the chance to invest in companies," he told Guardian Business. "The investment opportunity has never been brought to them. We are getting out in front of them and saying how easy it is. Now they are becoming more comfortable."
While the majority of the Bahamians at the meetings won't spend $100,000 on the IPO, Maura felt the opportunity was an encouraging start.
On his end, Stubbs said CFAL is getting some unusual calls.
"We have got calls across the board, including Berry Islands and Crooked Island," he said. "It means the investment will be really spread out."
The current ownership structure of APD Limited includes 40 percent for private shareholders, 40 percent for the government and 20 percent for the public.
Investors have until January 31 to buy shares.
Some of the country's most successful women who are at the top of their careers and who have impacted Bahamian society in positive ways, and/or displayed a spirit of humanitarianism will rip the runway this weekend -- all in the name of charity for the 2nd Red Dress Soiree -- a runway show, cocktail reception and silent auction designed to educate, raise awareness and funds to further the efforts of the Bahamas AIDS Foundation and its work with adolescents affected and infected with HIV/AIDS.
The women committed to strutting their stuff on the catwalk for charity and the category for which they were selected include, Lady Joan Foulkes, wife of former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes; Dr. Nicolette Bethel, theater arts; Alexandra Maillis-Lynch, culinary arts; Inga Bowleg, business; Pat Walters, communications; Dr. Tracey Halkitis, health; Karen Carey, tourism; Eldece Clarke, sports; Lisa Sawyer-McCartney, education; Candia Dames, journalism; Antoinette Russell, banking; Patrice Ellis, religion; Amanda Lindroth, creative arts and Marisa Mason-Smith, civil society.
The women will unveil the custom-designed pieces sewn for them by some of the country's top fashion designers tomorrow at the British Colonial Hilton hotel in the Governor's Ballroom. The red carpet is at 6:30 p.m., the runway show at 7 p.m., and a silent auction and cocktail reception to follow. All proceeds benefit the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.
"It is indeed an honor to be in the company of such an amazing group of women. I've certainly made it a point to prioritize philanthropy throughout my career, and while I've given of my time and resources, this will be the first time this conviction has taken me to the catwalk. I guess it can now be said that I would do many things in the name of charity," said Inga Bowleg, who was chosen in the business field.
"The Bahamas AIDS Foundation is to be commended for the great work it is doing in our country. The Red Dress Soiree is only one of several fun filled, creative events hosted by the foundation to further its efforts in assisting those affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS.
Maillis-Lynch, who was chosen to walk the runway because of the fabulous work she's done in the culinary field, said she was honored to be a part of the cause, and that her dress will be hot.
Participating designers include Brynda Knowles, Jeff St. John, Fenna Mae Lopez, Sabrina Francis, Judy Deleveaux, Theodore Ellyett, Phylicia Elllis, David Rolle, Apryl Burrows, Indira Moss, Kathy Pinder, Patrice Lockhart, Javotte Bethel and Rachel Garcia.
"What I love about the Red Dress Soiree is that it's not only a fundraiser, but we're recognizing women in the community who are successful in whatever they're doing and some of the women are humanitarians. We're also recognizing Bahamian designers and highlighting the incredible creativity of our Bahamian designers," said Lady Camille Barnett, Bahamas AIDS Foundation president.
More than 15 luxury packages will be silent-auctioned at the bi-annual charity event, offering patrons the opportunity to bid on luxury items and services, trips and excursions. The silent auction packages offer bidders complete experiences and access to the best products and services in The Bahamas. They include the "Foodie Package" with more than $1,500 in gift certificates in New Providence. Sponsors include the One&Only Ocean Club, Goodfellow Farms, Olive Meze Grill, Luciano's of Chicago, Tru Bahamian Food Tours and Cheesecake Heaven.
Family Island getaways abound in the "Take it Slow Package" including trips to Kamalame Cay in Andros, Cape Santa Maria in Long Island and Pineapple Fields in Eleuthera, inclusive of airfare by SkyBahamas, Bahamasair and Southern Air.
The "Have a Stay-cation" packages include accommodations at The Cove, Atlantis; Comfort Suites and A Stone's Throw Away.
People with a taste for adventure can bid on the "Thrill Seeker Package" which includes dive packages from Stuart's Cove and Bahama Divers, an Exuma excursion on Powerboat Adventures, helicopter rides courtesy of Bahamas Helicopters as well as gifts from Dolphin Encounters and Seahorse Sailing Adventures.
Liquor connoisseurs can bid on the "It's Wine O'clock Package" which will feature a champagne and wine tasting courtesy of Young's Champagne as well as selections from Bristol Cellars, Burns House and John Watling's.
And after all the indulgence, Club One and New Providence Community Centre have donated six-month memberships for the "Break A Sweat" package that is perfect for those people looking to hit the gym.
The Red Dress Soiree was staged in 2012 for the first time and organized by Tyrina Neely. It was so successful that the
Bahamas AIDS Foundation had wanted to do it again in 2013, but Neely was unable to. Lady Camille asked Neely if they could just take over the event. Neely agreed and offered to help where she could.
A new component to the Red Dress Soiree will be the creation of a 2015 calendar which will be shot by photographer Scharad Lightbourne, featuring the women in red along with their designers. The women and their designers will be photographed in creative ways at Sapodilla Estates. Lady Camille is hoping the calendars will be ready by the AIDS Foundation Ball in November.
Tickets for the Red Dress Soiree are $100 and are available at The Bahamas AIDS Foundation on Delancy Street, Imperial Optical and Commonwealth Fabrics.
Though the Boundaries Commission has made no final decisions, The Nassau Guardian understands that at least four of the proposed 23 constituencies on New Providence will have new names, while at least five existing constituencies will be folded into the redrawn boundaries of constituencies with existing names.
As it regards the Family Islands, Ragged Island, which is currently joined with Long Island, will be placed with Exuma for the creation of a new constituency.
In New Providence, the proposed 'Constituency 1', will reportedly be named Adelaide, reflecting the name of a similarly drawn constituency in 2002.
As proposed, Adelaide would be comprised of six polling divisions (and a portion of a seventh) from Golden Isles and four from Clifton.
As previously reported, it is proposed that the Clifton constituency will be no more, with the majority of its polling divisions being folded into Killarney (Constituency 12).
The proposed 'Constituency 16' will reportedly be named Nassau Village.
As it stands, that constituency would be comprised of seven polling divisions from Sea Breeze and seven polling divisions from Kennedy.
It is proposed that Kennedy will be no more, with its six other polling divisions being placed in what will become the newly drawn Bamboo Town constituency.
The proposed 'Constituency 17', which has eight polling divisions from Blue Hills, will also have a new name.
It was unclear what that name could be up to press time, but based on the system the government is using, the name would likely begin with the letter N, O, or P.
Under the current proposal, no constituency would be named Blue Hills.
The proposed 'Constituency 21' will reportedly be called St. Ambrose, named after the Anglican church that sits on the corner of Carmichael and Gladstone Roads within the constituency.
As it stands, the proposed St. Ambrose would include four polling divisions from Golden Isles, five from Blue Hills and two from South Beach.
It has also been proposed that the constituency of St. Thomas More will be no more, with 12 of its polling divisions being folded into what will become Montagu (Constituency 14), and its remaining four polling divisions being folded into what will be redrawn as Farm Road.
The Guardian also understands that either Lucaya or Eight Mile Rock will be no more when the commission completes its work.
The other constituencies on Grand Bahama will still be named High Rock, Pineridge, Marco City and West End & Bimini.
An analysis of the proposal put forward by the government appears to lump many areas in New Providence that overwhelmingly supported the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in the 2007 general election into fewer constituencies.
The PLP is reportedly hoping to combat this strategy by heavy campaigning in polling divisions where the Free National Movement (FNM) won by a slim majority in the last election.
The PLP is reportedly hoping that it can get enough voters to swing its way in order to upset some of the seats the FNM won in the last election like Sea Breeze, Bamboo Town (now in the hands of the Democratic National Alliance, and a contest in which the PLP did not run a candidate in 2007).
The PLP also reportedly believes it has a good chance of capturing the Adelaide seat when elections are held.
The Nassau Guardian understands that the Boundaries Commission will meet again on Wednesday with a view of completing its report by Friday.
What is your first impression of New York, Orlando, or Las Vegas? It is most likely a mixture of concrete buildings, roads and flashing neon lights. Is this the image that we want The Bahamas to portray?
An announcement that the fate of a particularly large digital sign would be determined by a court is a welcome reprieve from store and land owners who erect these signs illegally and get away with it.
These signs are unsightly, uninformative, and quite frankly unwelcome.
These signs need to go -- not only for aesthetic reasons but also for motorist and pedestrian safety. These digital signs are blinding and distracting to motorists, particularly at night. When approaching the illuminated digital signs at night, the pupils contract, inhibiting our ability to see things, particularly people, in the shadows.
It's downright dangerous.
The thought that all of New Providence could resemble a glowing neon strip is frightening. Bigger and brighter is not better.
Advertising is integral to any business but these signs are not advertisements; they are tacky neon billboards espousing little ingenuity and little legible or even useful information.
The Bahamas is full of wonderful, funny, quirky signs that can be found abundantly in the Family Islands. These signs are full of character.
Unfortunately, the aesthetic quality of Nassau has continued to deteriorate over the years. Our disjointed and haphazard development forgot to integrate the beauty of our natural environment and historic buildings.
The erection of digital signs is only the latest addition to our already glowing concrete jungle.
We have a choice to make. Do we want to become just another billboard community like those off U.S. interstate I-95 or do we want to retain the understated charm of signs not internally illuminated?
We need to look no farther for enviable sign and lighting standards than Hilton Head, South Carolina. A prominent coastal resort and golf community, the community of Hilton Head created self-imposed lighting standards to protect the aesthetic qualities of the town.
Hilton Head prohibits all internally illuminated signs, neon signs, or any sign that contains a visible light source. Any non-conforming sign can be impounded without notice to the owner.
Nassau should not just enforce its current laws that don't allow for digital signs without permits, but in fact create even more stringent laws that will enhance the aesthetics of our island.
Already, Nassau has forever lost its stars and the wonder of the night. Sadly, the glow of Nassau lights can be seen more than 30 miles away, even from the northern Exumas.
To see the Milky Way with the unaided eyes is a joy that few in the developed nations have enjoyed; we cannot continue to add light pollution to our night skies.
Two new races were added to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, making it one of the biggest sailing events to be held in New Providence.
The E-class and sculling races are expected to be very entertaining, as hundreds of Bahamians are expected to come out to the regatta over the two-day sailing weekend.
The 'Catch Me If You Can' race is once again the headliner. That race will occur on the Sunday of the regatta, February 17. Skippers in the other classes will set sail on Saturday, February 16. The 26th annual event is set for that weekend at Montagu Bay.
Some of the sloops in the A-class chasing behind the Lady Nathalie this year will be the Southern Cross, the Courageous, the Red Stripe and the Palm Cay Princess.
Owner of the Lady Nathalie Eleazor 'Barber J' Johnson dared the other boat owners to "step up to the plate" and accept the challenge. He is confident that his prized possession, named after his mother, will sail on to victory and keep the winning streak alive. The Lady Nathalie will be sailed by Clyde Rolle.
"Thank God for saving my life, it was a hard road and I traveled the distance to reach the top," Johnson said. "I must thank all the sponsors, the committee members and persons who assisted me and who are always around me. The regatta time is a special event. It's like Christmas. I must say that we went way back from when it first started. We went from 1987 to 2013. That's how long this race has been going on, non-stop, and I must thank all the sponsors who helped. Mr. Sands helped me with the Lady Nathalie. He was there when the Lady Nathalie was built and he is still by my side. He has a true love for The Bahamas."
Young skippers will have an opportunity to show off their skills that weekend too, while veteran skippers will captain the E-class sloops sponsored by the Bahamian Brewery Ltd. The fleet of boats under the Sands umbrella sailing in the E-class are Sands Lite, Strong Back and High Rock.
Sir Durward Knowles will sponsor the 'Champion of Champions' award which will be presented to the winner of the C-class. Other sponsors this year are Coca-Cola, Aquapure, the Atlantis Resort, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and Bristol Cellars.
"We are very pleased to be involved again with Eleazor Johnson known as the 'Sailing Barber'," said Berkley Williamson, general manager at the Bahamian Brewery Company.
"After 26 years, it is proof that he is very stable and that he wants the best for sailing. Our company, Sands Beer, is a young company but nevertheless we are privileged to be involved in an event that has been around for such a long time. We are happy to sponsor the E-class, the world's famous sculling boats like Sands Lite, High Rock and Strong Back. That race and the others are going to be very exciting. As a truly Bahamian company owned by Bahamians, we are so happy to be involved in this sport, because it is so indigenous."
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre will allow skippers to test their sloops, preparing for the 60th National Family Island Regatta in George Town, Exuma, from April 23-27, 2013.
Executive members in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) officially adopted the residents in the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home, wanting to provide them with equal opportunity in learning the sport of tennis.
On Saturday, director of the 'Play and Stay' program Bradley Bain along with national team member Larikah Russell and Ricardo Demeritte took about 16 of the residents through a series of drills and games. In the introductory lessons, the residents worked on hand and eye coordination, as well as foot work. The 'Play and Stay' program, designed to improve the playing skills of all, has caught on quickly in the country and president of the local association Derron Donaldson is ready to take it a step further.
According to Donaldson, the local association is planning to adopt more homes and use the development program as a form of exercise for residents. Each month, the BLTA will reach out to other organizations in the capital and the Family Islands. Donaldson said: "Now that the 'Play and Stay' program has caught on in the country, we want to do more. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to play tennis in the country is playing. If it means us going out and setting up the courts, we are willing and ready to do so. Adopting the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home is just the first stop on our agenda. We plan to do more, go to more homes and schools.
"Bradley is doing a fantastic job in making sure that The Bahamas at large is playing tennis. His aggressive approach in building the sport is really helping as more and more persons are catching on. He, along with Larikah and Ricardo take the registered persons through a series of drills, that anyone can easily catch on to, so persons who believe that they can play, or always wanted to play can come out to any of our venues especially when we are hosting the 'Play and Stay' training sessions."
The BLTA has already launched the program in several schools in New Providence. In a couple of weeks, a team will travel to Freeport, Grand Bahama, and host a two-day clinic for teachers. In March, they will travel to Exuma and re-visit Eleuthera in April. At the completion of the courses, all participants will be awarded certificates.
"Everyone is under the impression that tennis is an expensive sport, when in fact it is really not," said Donaldson. "It doesn't cost a dime to come and teach, or hold sessions at the schools or other places, so with that in mind, we are encouraging persons to come and join us. The goal is to have everyone in the country pick up a tennis racket at least once or twice. We want to see more persons play."
The 'Play and Stay' program has changed some of the rules in the sport, making it easier for persons to serve, rally and score. Newer balls are now being used on smaller courts that have lower nets. The red balls are for beginners who will eventually move on to the orange and then green. The height of the net, as well as the size of the courts and rackets, will change with each step a player takes while enrolled in the program. The yellow balls, used in regular play, will be introduced during the final step. Persons will then play full games on the standard-sized courts.
Hurricane Irene started its exit from The Bahamas last night, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
While New Providence and Grand Bahama were spared the full force of the storm, many Family Islands, particularly the southeastern and central islands, were pummelled, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported.
The center of the storm passed over Eleuthera and Abaco for much of yesterday.
Power lines and telecommunications lines went down in some islands as the category three storm roared across the archipelago.
But no loss of life or injuries were reported.
Damage on Cat Island, Rum Cay, Crooked Island, Acklins and Mayaguana is expected to be in the millions of dollars, as hundreds of homes, churches, other buildings and infrastructure were either damaged or destroyed.
According to NEMA reports, all the islands were impacted in some way.
In New Providence, fallen trees and damaged roofs constituted most of the damage.
In Lovely Bay, Acklins, 90 percent of the settlement is reportedly gone, according to NEMA.
"House roofs and several homes [were] blown away. Power lines and trees went down in the roads, and the shelter's population increased," said a NEMA statement.
Communication on that island was limited yesterday.
Meteorologist Godfrey Burnside said the Automatic Weather Station in Arthur's Town, Cat Island, recorded gusts of 140 miles per hour around 2 a.m. yesterday, and Moss Town, Exuma, recorded gusts up to 127 miles per hour.
"That is significant and that is why you hear all the damage taking place," Burnside said.
Just over two inches of rain had fallen at Lynden Pindling International Airport at 9 a.m. yesterday, and more was expected.
NEMA said it received reports that 40 houses received major damage in the communities of Betsy Bay, Pirate Wells and Abraham's Bay on Mayaguana.
Concerns were also expressed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police John Ferguson in reference to three people detained at a police station there, NEMA said.
On Cat Island, hurricane force winds brought down scores of power lines and left the island without any form of telecommunication, NEMA reported.
NEMA also received reports that the administrator's home in north Cat Island lost its roof.
Areas in Arthur's Town and Dumfries flooded. The roof of the police station in Arthur's Town was blown off and police vehicles were flooded. St. Andrew's Church also lost its roof, NEMA reported.
In Rum Cay, which is home to about 100 people, NEMA received a report that homes have major damage, roads are impassable due to fallen trees and the bridge in Port Nelson is lost.
According to the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), residents in most islands with the exception of Inagua -- where power was restored to the majority of customers -- continued to experience outages up to last night due to controlled power station shut downs or downed power lines.
NEMA said at least one school was damaged on Crooked Island.
The school in Colonel Hill lost its roof and two classroom blocks. Additionally, St. John's Baptist Church and several other buildings also lost their roofs.
That island experienced winds around 120 miles per hour, according to NEMA.
Long Island Administrator Jordan Ritchie said the main concern was flooding in Clarence Town.
However, a number of homes and St. Paul's Anglican Church received roof damage.
Meantime, Central Eleuthera Administrator Chrisfield Johnson said based on initial reports, Eleuthera fared relatively well.
"So far we haven't had loss of life. There is some structural damage to buildings but we haven't done an assessment so we don't know the extent," he told The Nassau Guardian yesterday evening.
It was still too dangerous to go out, he said.
"The only thing that remains is to do an assessment of the environment," Johnson said.
"There is a tremendous amount of debris on the roads. Our first priority is to clear the streets, so we're putting together a team of workers to clear the streets to give us access."
He said he would determine the severity of the impact of Irene sometime today, when he expects to be able to conduct a door-to-door assessment.
NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell said NEMA is still determining how it will access the affected islands, as transportation may be limited over the next few days.
NEMA is expected to release a more detailed statement on the damage caused by Irene sometime today.
Every few years I remind couples what they can do on their dates or activities to add spice to their relationships. Here is a list of ideas that can really bring excitement in your relationship.
Take a trip to Elizabeth Island, Exuma.
Snuggle up and play your most romantic CD's or DVDs.
Rent a romantic video and hold each other close as you view it.
Have a candlelight dinner with a delicious menu planned by the two of you. And be sure to use you best cutlery and finest china. You may order the meal from a caterer, but enjoy the meal by candlelight, and even in sexy nightwear.
Spend an evening experimenting with different types of loving touches.
Watch a sunset together and take a walk together in the moonlight.
Ladies, take the initiative in lovemaking. Call your spouse on the job today and begin preparing for the special night.
Go on a second honeymoon.
Spend the night in a hotel.
Read love poems to each other.
Purchase sexy lingerie. Have a private lingerie fashion show just for the two of you.
Enjoy a picnic together at the beach.
Make love in the living room (windows closed, children not around).
Go window-shopping after the store areas have closed and hold hands as you walk along.
Go on top of the Water Tower to kiss.
Share a milkshake on a hot day.
Go out for pizza and have fun.
Watch the dog show on TV.
Purchase matching outfits.
Go to the perfume shop and learn about the various fragrances, then pick out one for each other.
Frolic in bed when the weather is too bad to go out to work.
Go to Club Med, San Salvador.
Redecorate your home together.
Hug a lot and kiss a lot.
Take a long bubble bath together.
Give each other massages.
Celebrate "being especially sweet day" on the first day of every month or quarter by being especially sweet to your spouse.
Enjoy dinner at an elegant restaurant.
Invite your in-laws over for a special day and entertain them like royalty.
Walk the dog together.
Have an outrageous meal day. See who can come up with the most outrageous but tasty concoction.
Leave a love note under the pillow.
Dress up and rent a limo to take you around for an evening.
Spend the evening dancing together in your bedroom to your favorite romantic music.
Engage in a pillow fight.
Have your portrait painted.
Practice for a kissing competition.
Plan a campfire for couples.
Plan a lunch time dinner date on a busy day.
Fall in love all over again.
Bake bread together.
Build a tree house for the two of you and hug and kiss in it.
Go to see the sunrise.
Have an evening for sharing stale jokes.
Prepare a written account of your first year together. See how far you have come and how much you have grown together.
Read a love story together.
Go sailing to Balmoral Island.
Kiss every time you part and every time you meet again.
Give each other romantic pet names and use them often.
Say "I love you" often and mean it.
Go bird watching.
Accept each other without trying to remake each other.
Eat your meals together as often as you can.
Enjoy nature together.
Prepare a book of love coupons and give coupons to each other for redemption whenever your spouse wishes.
Have a evening sharing your thoughts and feelings with each other.
Sleep naked together.
o Barrington H. Brennen is a mar-riage and family therapist and board certified clinical psychotherapist, U.S.A. Send your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org; write to P.O. Box CB-13019, Nassau, The Bahamas; or visit www.soencouragement.org; or call 242-327-1980, or 242-477- 4002.