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Larisa McBean is a Tourism Professional and Researcher specialising in community tourism development, and a Blogger who writes commentary on a variety of topics. An International Development graduate (MSc.) from the University of Birmingham, U.K., she majored in poverty and inequality reduction strategies and conducted research on sports tourism as a vehicle to socio-economic development. She also has a background in education and training, and public speaking, having taught in Jamaica, the United States, France and Japan.

  • Strong

    With a cool, calm air Seemingly unphased Tongues wag, eyes stare Still, she strides without a care   She’s been through far worse They may not see the scars No sharp tongue, no eye compares To lifetimes fighting wars  … Read More ›

  • Mundane

    Quietude or bustle Whether a stroll, or a shuffle Time goes by slowly Nothing out of the ordinary   Hills sit quietly watching Rivers rush on by Cattle crossing unperturbed Birds swooped down take flight   Inner turmoil takes a… Read More ›

  • Dumb Down

    Too big Too bright Dumb down Or take flight   A peg here A chunk there Knocking out That haughty air   Still shining But not for long Think you’re right You’re oh so wrong   Only one king Not… Read More ›

  • Gifts

    Not all gifts are given for giving’s sake Some are given so the giver can take Your dignity here, your loyalty there Some aren’t gifts at all, but really a snare — Copyright © Larisa McBean

  • The Potter

    You’re lovely, just awesome Let me have a look Your eyes shine like diamonds I could just eat you up   You’re perfect… well… almost There’s a blot on your face A little makeup will fix that All your flaws… Read More ›

  • The Heart Knows

    The heart knows what eyes can’t see Or maybe it’s the whole body Warning that something’s off Making you feel uneasy   Truth takes its time to appear Detained by well-dressed lies Still, the heart sniffs out trouble But sight… Read More ›

  • Full Circle

    Parents, Your children deserve your love, Your care, And your respect.   It’s your duty to provide them With a safe and loving environment. After all, you brought them here; They didn’t ask to come here. Remember that As much… Read More ›