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
Well, my kind fellow blogger nominated me for this, and although I am not keen on awards in general I decided to participate, this time. I thought it was about time I shared with my readers some of the blogs that I enjoy. They are really an odd mixture. I have my favorite Jamaican blogs (many … More The Versatile Blogger Award – A Little Appreciation
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
I am sharing another perspective here from two activists and educators, Afifa Aza and Georgia Love. There are many societal problems, buried deep in the story of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls by senior church members (which is still unfolding). Afifa and Georgia have their own concerns, and they are asking some pointed … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church
Last year’s Kingston Book Festival (KBF) was a blast. You may remember some of my posts and the photographs. Now, the Book Industry Association of Jamaica has taken the decision to hold the next KBF in March, 2018. You can rest assured it will be something to look forward to! Please see the KBF’s announcement … More Kingston Book Festival Is On for March 2018
A week or so ago I shared the thoughts of eight Jamaican women on their priorities, hopes and plans for Jamaica in 2017. Now it’s the men’s turn! I hope you find the comments interesting, and I think you will find they share similar preoccupations. Hubert Chin, Administrative Director, PRO Communications Limited: As we begin … More Seven Jamaican Men Share Their Thoughts on 2017: What Do They Want to See?
The world seems a very troubled place in 2017. People are shouting loudly, and not always listening to each other. Can religion help, or is it just making matters worse? I consider myself a spiritual person, but I am certainly not aligned to any particular religion. In fact, although aspects of some of the world’s belief … More Achieving Peace and Reconciliation: Is Religion a Bridge, or a Barrier?