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

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“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

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful – Dancers, Brides and Trees

I love the Weekly Photo Challenge, as it gives me an excuse to dig into my photo archives and revisit some moments that I had half-forgotten. One of these times was the visit of the Dance Theater of Harlem to Jamaica in May, 2012. I immediately thought of dancers when I saw the word “graceful” … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful – Dancers, Brides and Trees

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A Stormy Start to the Year: Jamaica, January 18, 2017

First: I promise to bring lots of happy, hopeful news in my next post! It truly has been a tempestuous couple of weeks to start off 2017. Even the weather went a little strange; one night we had tropical storm force winds and many Jamaicans’ power went off. Half our apple tree ended up on the … More A Stormy Start to the Year: Jamaica, January 18, 2017

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience – in Jamaica

Jamaica is an island with plenty of “ambience” – it’s an oddly vague word that means a “feel,” an atmosphere, a quality. When we talk about “vibes” in Jamaica, that is what we are really talking about – whether good or bad. The Beach Boys’ classic  “Good Vibrations” sums it up – and again Brian … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience – in Jamaica

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Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

2017 is well under way now, and so far it is looking challenging. You could say, however, that each year presents us with new challenges (and many old ones, hung over from the previous year). I asked some women about their expectations and hopes for Jamaica this year. Here are their thoughts, and I would … More Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

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The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

In my last blog post, I mentioned the case of a 64 year-old church pastor, Rupert Clarke, who was recently discovered in flagrant delicto by the police, allegedly raping a fifteen year-old girl in a parked car. Yes, I am using the word “rape” because, to me, this is statutory rape. However, the man was today charged with … More The “Communities of Fate” Keep Getting It Wrong, Says Eve for Life’s Joy Crawford #NuhGuhDeh

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