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Newsletter: 2022 January

“The colour of springtime is in the flowers; the colour of winter is in the imagination.” – Terri Guillemets, American quotation anthologist, 1973 – Tribute to its namesake, Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transition, we shall start the new year with a fresh chapter even though, for many African Americans, it is the…
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Newsletter: 2021 December

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle, Greek philosopher and polymath, 384-322 BCE It is the final month of the year again! To begin, our Jewish friends will light the 4th candle on the Hanukkiah as they continue to celebrate Hannukkah, the 8-day festival of lights (Nov 28th…
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Newsletter: 2021 November

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus, French philosopher, author, Nobel Prize laureate,1913-60 If only we took the effort to see beyond the obvious, there is beauty in all things surrounding us. November is a month to contemplate what has passed and what is yet to come, but…
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Newsletter: 2021 October

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” – Unknown, Chinese proverb Many countries are celebrating their national and special days during the first week of October. Beginning with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrating its National Day on the 1st with a 7-day holiday, known as the…
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Newsletter: 2021 September

“Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.” – René Dubos, French American scientist, environmentalist, Pulitzer Prize winner,1901-82 September is a major holiday season for our Jewish friends. Starting with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) on the eve of 6th Sept, followed by Yom Kippur on 15th-16th. After…
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Newsletter: 2021 August

“Our cultural strength has always been derived from our diversity of understanding and experience.” – Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist, humanitarian, 1955- There are several religious celebrations this August. Two neighbouring ASEAN countries will also celebrate their National Days this month, Singapore on the 9th and Malaysia on the 31st.On the eve of the 9th, Muslims worldwide…
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