Kingston at 145: Connecting the Past, Building the Future


One more occasion that I really regret missing was the formal ceremony commemorating the designation of Kingston as Jamaica’s capital, 145 years ago, which took place on April 11. I was under the weather that day. I must confess though, I like a bit of pageantry. And I’m a sucker for marching bands, especially of … More Kingston at 145: Connecting the Past, Building the Future

“KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016


I am not good at the “kmt” thing. In Jamaican social media slang this means “kiss my teeth” – a sound of irritation made when the tongue meets the front teeth. There were several occasions this week when I did a mental “kmt.” However, the cooler weather – bright sunny mornings and rainy afternoons – … More “KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blithism, Trumpism, Ethics and Integrity: A Piece by Joan Grant Cummings


Dear readers: I do hope you enjoy reading this article by sister-friend and member of the 51% Coalition Joan Grant Cummings, as much as I did. Here are Joan’s thoughts on the crazy, “anything goes, so long as it’s a man” political upheavals we are going through – here, there and everywhere – with her own … More Blithism, Trumpism, Ethics and Integrity: A Piece by Joan Grant Cummings

Jamaica on Sunday, April 3, 2016: A Promise That Cannot Be Broken, A Tidal Wave Hits, and Carnival Cricketing Joy


The long Easter weekend passed, leaving in its wake a slew of car crashes and (very sadly) murders. We had a minor earth tremor (did you feel it? I didn’t) fourteen kilometers below Clarendon. We had no rain. The well-heeled went to parties costing the equivalent of US$50 upwards, and posted pictures of themselves on … More Jamaica on Sunday, April 3, 2016: A Promise That Cannot Be Broken, A Tidal Wave Hits, and Carnival Cricketing Joy

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015: Return to Fort Rocky


At six in the morning, we volunteers squeezed into a bus in Kingston, water bottles in hand. We were all a little quiet (sleepy, in other words). It was International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015, coordinated as always by the Jamaica Environment Trust with major sponsors the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Tourism Ministry’s Clean … More International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015: Return to Fort Rocky

The Brave, the Beautiful…and the Proud


It was an extraordinary Emancipation/Independence holiday in Jamaica, in more ways than one. It was a “first.” One could even say that history was made. J-FLAG, the non-governmental organization that supports and advocates for the Jamaican LGBT community, held its first “Pride” celebration under the theme: “The Pride of a People: Breaking the Rules of Oppression.”  … More The Brave, the Beautiful…and the Proud

#ObamaStress: Some Purely Parochial Thoughts on The Visit


This article was written yesterday. Due to an extended Internet outage, I am just posting it today… Darkness falls, and an air of nervous anticipation hovers over Kingston town. Why? Because the President will actually be on our island tomorrow evening! Yes, the President. The one with the now graying hair and the big smile despite everything. … More #ObamaStress: Some Purely Parochial Thoughts on The Visit