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Jacqueline Ramdatt was born on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. She spent her early years immersed in the beauty of the land and its people. For her, beauty is a powerful, shared inheritance that many of us never fully claim or enjoy. She is interested in the connections we forge with beauty and the richness this bond has to offer. Her writing is inspired by her spirit’s desire to dwell in beauty. She invites you to join her in discovering, sharing and celebrating the many gifts beauty has to offer.

Jacqueline has a master's degree in social work from McGill University. She lives in British Columbia, Canada, and travels often to the tropical luxuriance of her native island home.

Begin With Beauty Publications

Through her company, Begin With Beauty Publications, Jacqueline manages all aspects of the publishing process – from production to marketing. She is committed to producing accessible, top-quality publications and collaborates with talented professionals and industry leaders to accomplish this goal. As the company’s name implies, beauty is the primary subject and organizing principle. The central aim of each publication is to foster life enriching bonds with the gift of beauty.



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Quotes & Questions

  • "With me there is beauty;
    in me there is beauty;
    from me beauty radiates. "

    - The Navajo

  • “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

    - Helen Keller

  • “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”

    - John Muir

    What place does beauty occupy in your life? Is it a need or an option, a priority or an afterthought?

  • “Think of all the beauty in yourself and everything around you and be happy.”

    - Anne Frank

    When was the last time you immersed yourself in beauty?

  • "Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defence against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways."

    - Neal Stephenson, Anathem

    How do you feel in the presence of beauty?

  • “What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things.”

    - Albrecht Dürer

    What do you find beautiful?

  • “Sculptors, poets, painters, musicians – they’re the traditional purveyors of Beauty. But it can as easily be created by a gardener, a farmer, a plumber, a careworker.”

    - Charles de Lint, The Onion Girl

    In what ways do you create and share beauty?