Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children


Health issues seem to be seizing the headlines, in one way or the other, at the moment. Our health sector is under pressure, and a violent incident involving a local politician, who had brought her sick baby to the Bustamante Hospital for Children for treatment, highlights those stresses. The politician concerned has since (partially) apologized. The … More Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children

We Can Do It: Three Million Trees in Three Years, Says Prime Minister


I confess that I am still a little hazy about the Prime Minister’s plan, announced with considerable fanfare at the recent Climate Action Summit, to plant three million trees in three years. I would love to have more details. I read this recent column (October 13) by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in the Jamaica Gleaner and still … More We Can Do It: Three Million Trees in Three Years, Says Prime Minister

Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny


This book is about to be officially launched! Long Island, New York on October 21 will be the first celebration. I am looking forward to a 2020 launch with Ross Kenneth Urken present! Meanwhile, here is an invitation, in the author’s words: I have many events in the works — from Toronto, to London, to … More Another Mother: Ross Urken’s Wistful Memoir Belongs to his Jamaican Nanny

What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?


Happy National Tree Planting Day! Many years ago, we moved into our house in what was then a relatively green, leafy area of uptown Kingston. Charles, who used to clean up our yard, insisted that we should cut down every single tree and bush. Otherwise, thieves and murderers would find places to hide behind them, … More What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?

Youth, Action and Climate Change: Exuberant and Sometimes – Not Quite


On Friday, September 20, I was at the studios of Radio Jamaica, talking about this, that and the other – and at the same time, thinking about the vastness of what was happening beyond our island, during the Global Climate Strike. I was thinking about the Save Cockpit Country gathering in Stewart Town, Trelawny. I … More Youth, Action and Climate Change: Exuberant and Sometimes – Not Quite