“Off Track”: My Review of a Novel by Tamika Gibson

This novel for young adults, set in Trinidad, opens with a homely scene – immediately interrupted by a jarring, somehow banal incident of domestic violence. This takes place while seventeen-year-old Kayla is doing the washing up before her mother comes home, while keeping an eye on her two younger sisters. Life for a young woman … More “Off Track”: My Review of a Novel by Tamika Gibson

Run! With This New Caribbean Young Adult Novel, “Off Track”

As I have mentioned before, I have acquired quite a taste for young adult novels (although Jamaican author Diana McCaulay says she doesn’t quite see her book “Daylight Come” as a “YA novel,” it has the feel of one, direct and emotional). I have read and reviewed several other Caribbean offerings besides Diana’s on this … More Run! With This New Caribbean Young Adult Novel, “Off Track”

The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change

It’s not often that I can be found sipping coffee in the company of a large group of young volunteers and their partners and sponsors on a Sunday morning. But so it was today, in a cool tent at the lovely Terra Nova Hotel in the heart of steamy, warm Kingston. The Positive Organisation (Youths … More Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change

Usain Bolt’s Inspiration Reaches Far: A Story from Suriname

A pall of gloom is hanging over many Jamaicans this evening, after a series of unfortunate events at the International Athletics meet in London. But, let us put that on one side. It’s only a game, after all. One person, though, has risen above and beyond the fleeting moment, and will likely remain an influence … More Usain Bolt’s Inspiration Reaches Far: A Story from Suriname

The West Gets Wilder, Ganja Education Needed, and Hopes for Dragon Bay: Saturday, July 2, 2016

Every day is hot, dry and windy. I am waiting to hear news of bush fires in the hills, again – like last year, and the year before. The drought is hurting badly; today must have been the hottest day of the year for us – according to the Jamaica Weather website it was 37.5° … More The West Gets Wilder, Ganja Education Needed, and Hopes for Dragon Bay: Saturday, July 2, 2016

Running a World Away

The Petchary was recently kindly invited to a film show at the Canadian High Commission.  The film was called “The Mighty Jerome,” and was selected to recognize Black History Month.  (Now, Jamaicans too recognize – or half-recognize – this month.  Paying lip service to the need to understand one’s roots.  Commenting sourly, “But it’s an American … More Running a World Away