Maureen N. Maratita

Only on Guam 1:
Assistant in an essential business: Welcome back! I think you know my mother. I told her I helped you (a while ago).

Maureen: Thank you! Who’s you mother?

Assistant: She’s [name].

Maureen: Oh, yes, of course I know her. I hope she’s doing well. Please send her my love. …

(This personable young person has a future in business.

I will not forget the name. And imagine; if I am ever unhappy with the service, I can call Mom.)


Only on Guam 2:
(Or in close communities) Only on Guam can you come home and find a bag of something (fruit, vegetables) hanging on the front door. Whatever we have a gift of (usually far too generous) produce we share that, and so do our neighbors. We might be socially distancing, but that bag on the front door is as good as a hug. …


Only in the U.S. 
(At least I hope so)

Step 1: Email your WHOLE address book with a highly charged political zinger. DON’T bcc.

(It was really a well-written email though — provocative and short)

Step 2.  Get a flood of replies (on both sides of the political divide, but not everybody is your friend now).

Step 3. Email all of us again.

Subject line: Ceasefire!!!

“I apologize to all of you who have been annoyed by your inbox filled with the exchanges of emails re my message asking you to vote Nov. 3.

“Please comment only to me or the one specific party with whom you already disagree, and not all of us.

“I promise to never do this again. In the future any general comment I make will be sent bcc.” …

CBD products are derived from cannabidiol, which is naturally found in hemp plants.

Is a new range of CBD coming to Guam? Maybe at Macy’s? It is entirely possible given the partnership between the retailer and the home design and living guru, Martha Stewart. Kmart might be sorry it parted ways with Martha, who has launched her own line of CBD products, which can now bring CBD to a whole new sector of Middle America — and their pets.

Those familiar with CBD may already enjoy its reportedly calming effects, but of course Martha is launching “gourmet gummies.”

That’s a contradiction of terms — can gummies ever be gourmet?

Martha was introduced to CBD and hemp products by her friend, rapper Snoop dog, and has now made the products her own at

In the meantime, we will have Pupulu Guam through which former senator Marcel Camacho is bringing American-made CBD products to the island (See for the story).

He is not bringing in gummies. …


Maureen’s to-do list:

  • Find Guam Business Magazine article for Mr. XX from 1986 or 1987
  • Call hair salon
  • Call hair salon today EARLY
  • Text salon owner


I do feel guilty worrying about my hair during a pandemic.

And then I remember the worry, effort and money that went into that small business months ago to keep the salon repeatedly sanitized, clients safe and the lost income since then — and I don’t. …


— Maureen N. Maratita is the publisher at Glimpses Media. Publications at Glimpses Media include the Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, The Real Estate Journal, Guam Business Magazine, Beach Road Magazine, Buenas and Drive Guam.