View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight


Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

A Pair of Big Eyes, Dry Leaves and Ice Cream at Mason River


If you have never driven (slowly) through the hills of northern Clarendon…you should. There are neat piles of sugar cane at the side of the road. There are quiet, silvery donkeys (some of whom were loaded on each side with the cane). There is the stunning view of Lluidas Vale, the home of the Worthy … More A Pair of Big Eyes, Dry Leaves and Ice Cream at Mason River

Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas


There is an old Christmas song, or nursery rhyme, in England: Christmas is Coming/The goose is getting fat/Please to put a penny in/the old man’s hat/ If you haven’t got a penny/A ha’penny will do/If you haven’t got a ha’penny/then God bless you! Well, most people don’t eat goose for Christmas dinner any more, and … More Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas

Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya


Yes, the Blue Economy is here! Or is it? At least there are conferences being held about it. Just a few years back, we were talking about the Green Economy, it seems. There was even a Green Economy Scoping Study done for Jamaica (I wonder how that is working out). Now, we have moved, rather … More Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya

One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country


There is so much unfinished business related to the Cockpit Country, one year later. I seem to be using this cliché so often recently: “The devil is in the details.” But it’s true. It is not enough to make a declaration, pass it on to the relevant agencies and then those agencies simply drag their … More One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country