What a fascinating headline that is! Quite a combination, all adding up to a week of empowerment for youngsters from stressed communities, along with teachers, caregivers, and youth workers. This week is Trafficking in Persons Week in Jamaica. I am not sure if many Jamaicans have fully grasped the meaning, depth, and significance of this … More The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence
July 1 was International Reggae Day. What did it mean to Jamaicans, in Jamaica? It has been said, over and over ad nauseam, that Jamaica does not sufficiently tap into the deep wellspring of its creativity. And it’s true. We tend to tinker away at it – the “potential” of it – puff ourselves up and … More Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?
My friend, the quietly dynamic publisher Tanya Batson-Savage of Blue Banyan Books sent me this information on three great authors for young adults, who will be traveling to the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer. I reviewed the novel “Children of the Spider” by Guyana’s Imam Baksh two years ago, here. It was a … More Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles was scheduled to appear at today’s special congressional hearing on H.R.40 – as a long-time lobbyist – in the United States. This is my friend and blogger Dr. Anne C. Bailey’s take on “Juneteenth” and the start of a series on her Baileyblog … More Reparations 101: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
No, it’s not Teachers Day. Does it have to be? I found a quote on Goodreads from what happens to be one of my favorite books, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, as follows: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the … More Teaching Is Not a Lost Art, Nor a Lesser One
Politicians and others always talk about “the environment” as if it is separate from ourselves, without realizing that everything is connected (and so are we). So, whatever we do to the environment will affect us, sooner rather than later. and vice versa. And by the way, drought, floods, storms, air pollution, sea pollution and so … More Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton
It’s Earth Day and Easter Monday, April 22. How can we get the message across that our Mother Earth (we don’t use that expression much anymore) is in deep trouble, and that we humans must bear some responsibility? Here are my thoughts, links to click on, and resources. There is Music: Jamaica’s Voices for Climate … More (Mother) Earth Day Notes and Quotes