AUTHORS • ATHLETES • ARTISTS
WHEN PAMELA BARIT NOLAN was invited by her minister
to write and read intercession prayers during the 8 a.m. service at
her church, she embarked on what would become a journey of self-
discovery. She had never composed a prayer in her life, and reading
them aloud gave her a Sunday-morning version of stage fright. Yet she
persevered—and five years later has
published a book that is testament to
her creativity and spiritual conviction.
Bermuda Blessings, to be published
this fall, is the island’s first book
of contemplative prayers. With a
foreword by Bishop of Bermuda
Reverend Nicholas Dill, the 88-page
edition is divided by seasonal chap-
ters, offering devotions Barit Nolan
composed for special religious
occasions throughout the year.
Included are Palm Sunday, Good
Friday, Easter, Pentecost, Trinity
Sunday, Remembrance Sunday, Epiphany, Candlemas and Christmas
Day, with a few spare pages at the end for readers to compose their own
“Unlike traditional prayers of intercession, I have been inspired to
write in a more conversational style,” says Barit Nolan. “I believe readers
will find them easier to connect with and relate to than other forms of
Accompanying the prayers are impressive pastel illustrations by
Bermudian artist April Dawn Branco, a friend of Pamela’s, whose
depictions of island people and traditional icons, such as Gombeys,
butterflies and scenes featuring local cottages, beaches and sunrises,
were inspired by the prayers.
“Partnering with April was such a gift,” says Barit Nolan. “I have
admired her work, so connecting around this book was a wonderful
journey. Her illustrations weave beautifully in and around the words.”
The hardcover book designed by Brimstone Media retails for $35 and will
be available at The Bookmart at Brown & Co. All proceeds from its sale
will support the work of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Paget, Bermuda.
Run Granny, Run: A novel by Jeff Payne
SUSAN GEORGE, A WIDOW and just into her sixties, was enjoying her life. Children, grandkids, church and friends filled her days.
And then she inherited. Oh dear! How things can change…..
“She’s worth how much? Well... under the circumstances, it’s a good
thing you did look. Under the will William left, that’ll make a nice six
way split, once the old bird pops off.”
“There is one problem,” Roger said.
She’s told everyone that anything she leaves is going to be divided up
right through the family. And that will include Linda’s six kids. Equal
shares to all. All told, instead of just the six of us sharing, it could go
as high as she likes. Certainly within the family it will reach seventeen.
Plus any friends.”
Angela digested this piece of unpleasant news, her brow wrinkled as
she sought something to suggest it wasn’t true. “And at the moment, it’s
just you and your sister, Susan’s two kids by her first marriage and the
twins she and William had. A six way split, right?” she asked.
“Then there’s only one answer.”
Roger turned to look at her. “What’s
“She mustn’t get to sixty five.”
They were heading towards Cambridge
and the turn off point for Norwich was
due at any minute. He used the time leav-
ing one road and getting settled on the
other to digest what she had just said.
“Wildebeest, Lions and Hyenas again?”
“Exactly. She’s nearly had her three
score and ten. Left alone she could out-
live us. It’s not like she’s a blood relative
It still surprised him, her philosophy on life. But she had a
point. If Susan went beyond sixty-five, at best he would get a few hun-
dred thousand pounds. Angela’s solution meant around three million
for him and Jean. Each.
Available locally, or on Kindle/Amazon.
Bermuda Blessings: A book of contemplative prayers by Pamela Barit Nolan
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