Strong background checks needed for all people working with children in state care, says Jamaicans for Justice

There has long been a public perception that Jamaica’s most vulnerable children are not being given the care and protection they need. In particular, we seem to be tolerating – or pretending we don’t know – about the predatory habits of older men towards our young girls. It is depressing, and it has been going … More Strong background checks needed for all people working with children in state care, says Jamaicans for Justice

Today’s Bloganuary prompt is “How are you brave?” Me?

As it’s New Year’s Day, I am once again participating in the WordPress “Bloganuary” effort. It’s basically a way to get bloggers to write more and to get a sense of community and follow each others’ blogs. I participated in it last year, and you can find all my January 2022 posts if you look … More Today’s Bloganuary prompt is “How are you brave?” Me?

Happy New Year: Love, Peace, and a little bit of Hope

The evening leading up to midnight on New Year’s Eve always seems interminably long. New Year’s Eve is a time of what has been, what might be, and what is likely (or rather, not likely) to change. However, a lot of people are advising us and guiding us and urging us to “reflect and reset,” … More Happy New Year: Love, Peace, and a little bit of Hope

Full Moon: “Art is at the centre of everything,” says Jamaican artist educator Mortimer McPherson

On a humid Monday morning in late November, I found myself sitting on the verandah of a suburban home on the outskirts of Kingston, eating a most unusual snack, and engaging in conversation with Jamaican fine artist, wood turner, and art educator Mortimer McPherson. The evening before, McPherson had opened his latest solo exhibition, entitled … More Full Moon: “Art is at the centre of everything,” says Jamaican artist educator Mortimer McPherson

International Human Rights Day: Jamaica’s Drum Majors for peace and justice

International Human Rights Day (December 10) always seems to take me by surprise every year. On that day, a whole range of issues for Jamaica and the region come crowding in. It’s hard to separate one issue from the next, as they often merge and overlap. This year, the theme was a powerful and simple … More International Human Rights Day: Jamaica’s Drum Majors for peace and justice

A splash of art and crafts for Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica

It’s that time of year again, with the softening of the sun’s harsh rays and the shortening of our days. The light changes somehow, and the weather has calmed. So, it’s feeling a little like Christmas! In Kingston, however, the traffic has not calmed at all, and the season’s activities have stepped up. These include … More A splash of art and crafts for Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica

Blue Mountain Maroon community members graduate as tour guides for sustainable livelihoods in Jamaica

If you have not visited the Blue Mountains of Jamaica yet, you should know it’s a magical place in many ways. The mist floating across the broad green mountainsides; the tiny, bright gems of flowers and ferns by the roadside; the glowing sunsets over the foothills; fireflies blinking in the damp grass at night; the … More Blue Mountain Maroon community members graduate as tour guides for sustainable livelihoods in Jamaica