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”

Heritage – A Living Tradition: Weekly Photo Challenge


We inherit all kinds of things. I treasure the bedcover my mother knitted for us when we were children (it is not beautiful enough for a photograph, but I cherish it anyway). Heritage holds history, and memories. It is also something we should never disrespect or destroy; sadly, though, we don’t seem to think of … More Heritage – A Living Tradition: Weekly Photo Challenge

Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017


Phew! It’s been quite a week, again. Here’s a taste of what’s been happening! I highlighted the “big” stories in purple… By big I mean those we should keep an eye on, in my view. Click on the links for more details. CHEC land deal:  The Office of the Contractor General is continuing his probe. Former … More Monday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, May 15, 2017

In The Debates About Immigration, “Foreign” Is Also a Noun: A Blog Post by Dr. Anne C. Bailey


Here’s a book review from Dr. Anne Bailey, Jamaican/American teacher and scholar (and blogger – you may find her blog at http://annecbailey.blogspot.com )  The topic of migration is – for Jamaicans as well as many other nationalities – an endlessly fascinating and complex one that has as much resonance as ever in various contexts. Dr. Hilary Robertson Hickling’s … More In The Debates About Immigration, “Foreign” Is Also a Noun: A Blog Post by Dr. Anne C. Bailey

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)

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day


It has been a day and night of overwhelming rain in Kingston – the kind of rain that gets louder and louder until you cannot ignore it. Not so good for the pre-Carnival partygoers (hopefully they will have sunshine tomorrow). There are flood warnings and many Earth Day events were postponed. The rain may also … More Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative: Just a Few More Days to Apply!


People! This is a quick note to remind you that the deadline to apply for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is coming up fast. This is an “amazing opportunity,” as former YLAI Fellow Latoya West-Blackwood describes it. The link to the online application is here! And the deadline is midnight (Washington time) on … More Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative: Just a Few More Days to Apply!