Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

The Kingston Buttercup has a small yellow flower. It grows with determination by the roadside, prickly but ignored. Ann-Margaret Lim’s title poem in her second collection of poetry Kingston Buttercup describes a glimpse of this little city flower as a kind of release from the pressure of traffic, winding down from her home in Red Hills. It’s … More Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

Rate this:

International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda

The Women’s Movement in Jamaica, in the Caribbean, and I suspect worldwide, is going through some interesting times. This is a world of “fake news” and social media, hashtags and hardening positions. The concepts of love, peace, unity and solidarity are fighting for survival in the TrumpWorld. I get the feeling people aren’t listening to … More International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda

Rate this:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds – in Rockfort and Trench Town

Quite a tricky challenge this week – but as my fellow blogger Susan Goffe observes, sometimes it’s a question of being there at just the right moment. “Against the Odds” is also about confronting challenges, to me. I remember a community meeting in East Kingston, with the non-governmental organization Youth Opportunities Unlimited and the Rockfort … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds – in Rockfort and Trench Town

Rate this:

Three Responses To the Government’s New Anti-Crime Measures

Now, if you read my blog regularly, you will know that almost every Jamaican, at home and abroad, has been agonizing over our soaring crime (read: murder) rate – especially since the start of the year. Murders are up some 30 per cent over the same period last year, which is of course very disturbing. … More Three Responses To the Government’s New Anti-Crime Measures

Rate this:

“Everything Connects”: A Visit to Claude McKay High School With Lasco REAP

On January 23, we were trying to find a Jamaican poet; or rather, a school named in his honor, in the place where he grew up. However, we were lost…in May Pen, as soon as we turned off the highway. It’s a town we don’t know well, and Google Maps sadly let us down. Our … More “Everything Connects”: A Visit to Claude McKay High School With Lasco REAP

Rate this:

51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

Cover photo: 51% Coalition members Indi McLymont Lafayette (left) and Hilary Nicholson, who moderated the unexpectedly large meeting, pause for thought. The past few weeks have been extraordinary. We have seen a surge in violent crime that has frightened many Jamaicans; in particular several abductions and killings of young women and girls. Social media posters … More 51% Coalition Meeting Recommends Priority Actions To Combat Violence Against Women and Girls

Rate this:

World Wetlands Day 2017: Wet and Dry in Salt River

The crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) posed with his front feet on a rock on the other side of the river, the front part of his body tilted upwards, the lower part in the dark green waters. His jaws were slightly open, displaying some very white lower teeth that my dentist might well admire. He looked as … More World Wetlands Day 2017: Wet and Dry in Salt River

Rate this: