Weekly Photo Challenge: The Evanescence of a “Floating World”


“Evanescent” is a haunting word. Even the sound of it suggests something lovely, but fleeting. Here today, gone tomorrow. It reminds me of one concept that I learned about when studying Japanese, and which I always loved: Uki-yo, the “Floating World.” It described the momentary pleasures of life, enjoyed by the growing middle class of the old … More Weekly Photo Challenge: The Evanescence of a “Floating World”

Catching Up With the Trench Town Reading Centre (and a Fundraiser)


Jamaicans love fashion. There’s no getting away from it. I feel extremely unfashionable most of the time, because I know I cannot compete. Be that as it may, I do love fashion shows, and regularly post the red carpet fashions on my Facebook page when it’s time for movie awards. Who doesn’t love a bit … More Catching Up With the Trench Town Reading Centre (and a Fundraiser)

Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition


Earlier this year, I told you about BRACED II, a USAID-funded program that is so much more than a “housing project,” but a much wider and all-encompassing one that has a strong philosophy behind it. What is that philosophy? Well, for me it seems to be a determined effort to work within communities – unplanned and unregulated, … More Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition

Oh, And One More Thing: A Beautiful U.S. Book Tour


Last but not least, let us go across the waters to the United States. I wanted to tell you about the most gorgeous, glorious publication, which is at once a photography book and a unique historical record. It is Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean: The Legacy of Judaism in the New World. It is a labor of … More Oh, And One More Thing: A Beautiful U.S. Book Tour

Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott


Who is the Kumina Queen, and where is she going? Is she heading back to her African home? The vibrant, colourful cover of this poetry collection very much reminds me of the work of a Jamaican artist friend, Rudi Patterson, who died some years ago – in particular, his painting of the swaying, swinging I Threes. I … More Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott