SHAWNETTE SOMNER

Life is short - we must savour every day

Shawnette Somner: Life is short. Enjoy it. Savour it. Live it.

‘Turn a weakness into a strength’

Shawnette Somner: Try to address a weakness you know you possess and set out on a path to turn it into a strength — something you can use to your advantage.

Working to overcome ‘the blah feelings’

Shawnette Somner: I've made a decision to finish writing the weekly columns for the Bermuda Sun with the last one to appear on Friday, November 8.


The complainers among us

Shawnette Somner: Constant exposure to negativity breeds hatred. I look around and see more evidence of that now than ever before. We should look around at the positive things that are happening and help change the things we're disgruntled with.
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Why do we ignore root causes of problems?

Shawnette Somner: The old cliche that we need to get to the 'root cause' of various problems is becoming as painful for me to hear as a root canal itself. 'We' - and I use that word cautiously - are the root cause of our problems.

More bad behaviour

Shawnette Somner: We have become a society who speaks of intolerance of bad behaviour while sending a clear message of acceptance by doing nothing about it.

Priceless Bermudian hospitality

Shawnette Somner: There's nothing like good, old fashioned Bermudian hospitality and help — the kind that makes us reflect on days gone by and love our Bermudian comrades like we should.

Sick and tired of bad behaviour

Shawnette Somner: Enough is enough! How many times have we said it and have many times have we heard it? What exactly does it mean?

We’re selling Cup Match ribbons to help beat cancer

Shawnette Somner: The camaraderie that permeates throughout every area of our island during Cup Match can only be compared to that of the after effects of a hurricane to the island.
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A chance encounter with tourists led to new friendships

Shawnette Somner: Tourists are guests to our home and I believe it is incumbent upon each of us to make them feel welcome — no matter how small the gesture.

Keep kids out of trouble

Shawnette Somner: School is out. Summer is here. It is hot. Those three key ingredients will ultimately be a recipe for disaster for any young person who is not actively engaged in constructive activities until school resumes.

Find time to relax

Shawnette Somner: When the stress of all your responsibilities becomes overwhelming for you, it inevitably has an adverse effect on those around you — whether it be family, co-workers, or the stranger you meet in passing.

Something is desperately wrong in filming dirty deeds

Shawnette Somner: These kinds of posted videos of our youth attacking each other seem to be an accepted norm amongst our young people to share and gawk at someone else’s misery at the hands of one of their peers.

Managers need the right skill set to motivate people

Shawnette Somner: Managing people has got to be one of the most difficult and challenging jobs on the face of the earth.
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The Bermuda Sun bids farewell...

JUL 30, 2014: It marked the end of an era as our printers and collators produced the very last edition of the Bermuda Sun.

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