Health Ministry Alerted to New Strain of Virus Causing Respiratory Illness


These viruses are quite distressing, aren’t they? They are certainly making health officials nervous. Since yesterday, when the Ministry of Health and Wellness put out this release, a case of the coronavirus has emerged in Washington State in the U.S. – the first outside of Asia; a man who had recently traveled to China has … More Health Ministry Alerted to New Strain of Virus Causing Respiratory Illness

A Word on Malaria: Jamaica Remains Free of the Mosquito-borne Disease


There have reportedly been two imported cases of malaria in Jamaica. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has explained that since 2012, the country has been free of the disease. It goes without saying, however, that those traveling to countries where malaria is present must take precautions. It’s a horrible disease, which killed 405,000 people … More A Word on Malaria: Jamaica Remains Free of the Mosquito-borne Disease

Flamingos and John Crows: Further Adventures in Birdland


After our dramatic hillside expedition at Strawberry Hill recently, we intrepid birders asked: What next? We were ready for anything, now. This time we set our sights on the fascinating and always revelatory area called Portland Bight. I have written about our experiences there several times before on this blog. Portland Bight is that big lump … More Flamingos and John Crows: Further Adventures in Birdland

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