National Library of Jamaica Discovers Miss Lou Treasure


This news from the National Library of Jamaica (headed by the awesome Beverley Lashley) cheered me up quite a bit! June 18, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: National Library of Jamaica Discovers Miss Lou Treasure Kingston, Jamaica: A signed copy of one of the first books written by the late Hon. Dr.  Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley OM, … More National Library of Jamaica Discovers Miss Lou Treasure

On Fathers and Family, and Keeping Families Together


Fatherhood is complicated. For Father’s Day, I wrote about the many challenges, including those that face the family in general, on my Jamaica Gleaner blog post here. We know that often families struggle to stay together and to maintain some sense of cohesion. Poverty, crime, violence, separation, and ill health (including mental illness) can tear families apart … More On Fathers and Family, and Keeping Families Together

BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme


Latoya West-Blackwood is a hard-working Jamaican woman with a special energy. She pays attention to everything. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a few projects. Now, as Chairperson of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, she has been invited to visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland in August. I am … More BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme

The Caribbean Windrush Generation, Colonialism and the Idea of Home


I have been writing and sharing quite a bit recently on the issue of the “Windrush Generation” and the issue of immigration in the UK – the country of my birth, which continues to lean to the right politically, is leaving Europe and has turned its face against immigrants from Europe and elsewhere in recent … More The Caribbean Windrush Generation, Colonialism and the Idea of Home

Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]


I have read two books recently that reflect on the complex relationship between the Caribbean and what we like to call our “big, powerful neighbor to the North.” They are both written by Americans, but that is where the similarities end. This book is published by Ian Randle Publishers and is written by Debbie Jacob, … More Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]

Lots of Liquidity


What a beautiful word it is: Liquid. This is the week’s Photo Challenge. On an island, we are surrounded by a liquid of the salty variety, so it is not hard to find. We were known as the “Land of Wood and Water” in the days of the Taino, and we have forests and rivers, … More Lots of Liquidity