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