Category: Featured Writers, Great Places in Miami

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”   – Steve Jobs
                        US computer engineer & industrialist (1955 – 2011)

Merline Thermora

A genius , a pioneer, a business mogul who left us too soon yet paved the way to many more rebels like him directly and indirectly. It’s always a great pleasure to see how young minds come up with the most brilliant ideas whether for a financial purpose or perhaps a charitable one…and why not both. In this modern age where most of our lives are governed by electronic gadgets, one would assume the age of the paper has disseminated and gave way to this new era of technology. We are more prone to be on a social site or watching/playing with a gadget instead of picking up a book.

As Steve Jobs mentioned it had to take a rebel to make the first step and that’s exactly what Merline Thermora dared to do. I’ve searched high and low trying to discover where in our community there would be a fun and innovative book club (that’s right I said Book Club) to join, but with no success.  She showed initiative and leadership but gathering a group of women and men to not only to learn from each other but also from her guest speakers that would enlighten us at each meeting.


Dr. Valencie Exeus

The first meeting of the year opened with lovely and brilliant Dr. Valencie Exeus who through her lecture opened our eyes to new oriental horizons, having to undertake the road less traveled herself, her knowledge  in the science of acupuncture is utterly impressive as not only she practices it but sets an example  through her life experiences.

A night filled with fascinating intellectual excursions but also Fun with a capital F. Merline kept us entertained and lightened up the mood by making sure that the group interacted with each other in the purpose of getting to know one another and making new friends. The meeting was also structured as she armed her audience with a list of great books to read and the rules of the club.

Lastly she generously fed her guests, a catered event, what more could you ask for?!

South Florida has the reputation of being the party city where its people never rest and enjoy themselves from Monday to Monday (literally), How great is it to finally break the cycle and enjoy great company while training the biggest muscle of the body. I personally enjoyed myself and would definitely recommend it to anyone who would like to join, we are talking men and women. Not only is it a great way to meet people without the use of an electronic gadget but also train ourselves not to forget the fundamentals of how we got educated in the first place…the book.

I wish Merline success in her endeavors and hope to see this group flourish for years to come.