The Truth of Who I Am

"Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free." -Eckhart Tolle

About Me

 First and foremost a free spirit, I am also a woman, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a teacher. Born in Tanzania of East Indian parents and raised in Zambia, I came to the United States at age 18, on my first solo flight, with two suitcases packed with all the things I anticipated I would need for the college experience. Although I can no longer fit my belongings into two suitcases, the truth of who I am has remained the same through the years. I look for the funny in everyday life and often consider stand-up comedy the career that got away. I have a deep respect for witty people and those who know me would say I am spontaneous and kind and generous and I would agree with them. I love a good book or a good movie made for hopeless romantics but also take on a no-nonsense approach to living and loving. I enjoy clothes, a bargain, delicious food from anywhere in the world, a well-fitting bra, and margaritas outdoors with Bob Marley or Jimmy Buffet in the playing in the background. My hope is that my son and my daughter will be delighted in their lives and find peace in the hard as well as the fun parts of life. I wish the same for all other sons and daughters around the world. I design my life around these hopes. Some other details, or what I consider to be clothes I’ve worn over my true self, are elementary school teacher and (currently) university professor of multicultural teacher education.

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2 responses to “About Me

  1. Anonymous says:

    If I am not wrong, I worked with your father at the Institute of Development Management [IDM] Mzumbe in the 1970s to early 1980s. I am very much interested to know the whereabouts of kaka Adrian Joseph Fernandes. I have retired from public service from IDM which since 2001 became Mzumbe University, Tanzania, since January, 2014.

    • justrhina says:

      Wow! My Dad will be thrilled to hear from you. He is living in Goa, India. He and my mother stay busy with a good routine and social life. He is actually writing up something for the University about its beginnings as IDM. please email me at so I can put you in touch.

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