Well, Hurricane Delta went away (taking most of Bluefields Beach in Westmoreland away with it) and we are left to reflect, once more, on our own human fragility in the face of climate change and COVID-19. Some of us would rather pretend, however, and sip on Bacardi or whatever their favorite drink is, without a … More ICYMI in Jamaica, October 13, 2020: The Kindness Edition
The book (or rather books, as it was a series of eight!) was a childhood favorite of mine that turned into a very successful musical. Coincidentally, I watched the 1964 film quite recently, just for a bit of nostalgia. Dick Van Dyke’s attempt at a Cockney accent still delights! Now it is the 2020 production … More “Mary Poppins”: Grab Your Umbrella and Support Jamaica Environment Trust!
There was a little snap of castanets. There was a stamp or two. There was the swing of hips. There was a swish of petticoats, and a patter of conga drums, and a ripple on the piano. But most of all, there was the voice. The voice of Carmen París is so powerful that we … More Carmen Paris: Her Voice Conquered Us
Where do we find the First 50? Who are the pioneering organizations that are supporting the pioneers? Kingston Creative is an ambitious vision. The goal is to build, steadily build, an art district downtown. After all, Kingston is a UNESCO Creative City – with a focus on music, but there is much more besides to … More Kingston Creative Gathers Momentum
As I do believe I have mentioned before, James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State, is an innovator (and island lover). He also believes in partnerships. Following last year’s Solar Challenge – a competition to empower youth – in Jamaica, he has got together an impressive group to sponsor a national competition in Guyana. … More A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana
It’s summer camp time, again. The school holidays are long. While more privileged children enjoy exciting activities throughout the summer, and may even travel abroad, for some communities a summer camp is a lifeline for children and their parents. Please see the following urgent message from the Rose Town Foundation, below, and help a child … More The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer
I always keep in my mind Jamaicans whom I admire for various reasons. Most of them work quietly and “without fanfare” as they say, doing what they know is right. They are committed. They are hard-working. They are cool. They are focused. There are many of them. You may not see them on social media … More Mourning a Creative and Caring Jamaican
Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done
What are you doing on Sunday morning? Well, here’s a very good way to spend it. Lunch and a stimulating talk with the people at ROCK! What a great acronym, standing for the Royal Optimist Club of Kingston – a dedicated group of young Jamaicans, who have been quietly doing some really good work. I wrote … More Dahlia Harris Will Challenge the ROCK on Sunday!
The world is an uncertain place for teenagers, at the best of times. But for a 13-year-old girl living in a rundown neighbourhood just outside Havana, Cuba, in the end days of the dictator Batista’s regime, it takes on a level of claustrophobic anxiety. Adela – named after the beloved grandmother whom she never met … More The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review