The Reimagining Nanny Project: An open call for artists to participate

Nanny is the only woman among Jamaica’s National Heroes, and in many ways the most mysterious. When I think of Nanny, Queen of the Maroons, I think of mountain mists and waterfalls and dark hiding places and ambushes in the rain. Now there is an open call for artists to “reimagine” and interpret her spirit, … More The Reimagining Nanny Project: An open call for artists to participate

Custodianship and Country: Some Australian Aboriginal Beliefs About the Environment

Recently I shared with you a “Love Letter to Mother Earth” from the Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. I have been thinking about spiritual matters in general recently, and in particular those relating to the Earth and environment. It seems to me that – apart from the perspectives of the technocrats, the … More Custodianship and Country: Some Australian Aboriginal Beliefs About the Environment

The Birds of Puerto Bueno, Jamaica: Including the First Bird to be Protected by Law

As part of my “Listen to the Scientists” campaign (bowing deeply to Wendy Lee), I would like to tell you a little bit about the birds that call Puerto Bueno Mountain (and the area, also called Dry Harbour Mountains) home. It is also the home of a myriad insects, plants and trees, many of which … More The Birds of Puerto Bueno, Jamaica: Including the First Bird to be Protected by Law

Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh

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

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]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heavenly Bridges and Rainbow Bridges

I thought about the theme Bridge for the last photo challenge, and realised that I didn’t have many pictures of actual bridges. But for some reason, music came into my mind, and rainbows. Ah, the two are connected. One of my favourite hippy-era Jimi Hendrix albums is a rather obscure album called Rainbow Bridge, released in 1971 not long … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Heavenly Bridges and Rainbow Bridges

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

Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott

Who is the Kumina Queen, and where is she going? Is she heading back to her African home? The vibrant, colourful cover of this poetry collection very much reminds me of the work of a Jamaican artist friend, Rudi Patterson, who died some years ago – in particular, his painting of the swaying, swinging I Threes. I … More Kumina Queen: A First Poetry Collection by Monica Minott