The “why?” question is always the tricky one. This was the Bloganuary prompt though, and I will do my best with it. Reason Number One: As most writers will say, I write mostly for myself. As I noted in my previous Bloganuary post, writing brings me joy. I am not always happy with my writing, … More Why do I write? Here are four reasons…
It has been said many times before: democracy is not just about voting every few years. It is about participation. If this does not happen – if citizens’ voices are muzzled and those seeking transparency and accountability in government are accused of all kinds of dubious motives by governments and their supporters – then, democracy … More “Civic space is under threat,” says Stand Up for Jamaica
The Bloganuary prompt of a couple of days ago (I always seem to be behind) was: “What brings you joy in life?” “Joy” is a rather over-worked word these days. I used to think of this word as meaning “extreme happiness,” the kind that makes you scream and shout and shed tears of…well, joy. Now … More Joy: refreshing and real
“What is a treasure that’s been lost?” was the question in the Bloganuary prompt. The image that immediately came to mind was an illustration from “Treasure Island,” by the remarkable nineteenth century traveler, thinker and writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Various versions of this map include an “X marks the spot,” where the treasure is likely … More A lost treasure
Our summers were always eventful. Now, when I think of them, they seem like a dream; little snatches of life. … More My earliest memory: a sister on summer holiday
Will the Jamaican Government be focusing more on food security and sustainable agriculture in 2023? I certainly hope so. Meanwhile, how are these issues linked to biodiversity? Here is a thoughtful piece by Ana Posas, FAO Agriculture Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, in the wake of the recent UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) and … More Soil biodiversity for the future
I rarely “copy and paste” editorials or articles in our local newspapers, if at all. However, I see this Sunday Gleaner editorial, published on January 1, as related to a recent post – where I pointed out that, as it appears, the Jamaican Government has not yet responded to Resolution 65/22 of the Inter American … More Has the Jamaican Government responded to the IACHR regarding human rights of citizens near bauxite mines?
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?
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
Dear Readers, I have just set up a page on the “Give Butter” fundraising site, with the aim of raising US$500 (or if possible, more) over the next two and half days, in support of our beloved Caribbean birds. If you would like to contribute, I would be truly grateful! Whatever you do give will … More Supporting Caribbean conservationists: please contribute to my fundraising effort for BirdsCaribbean!