Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

2017 is well under way now, and so far it is looking challenging. You could say, however, that each year presents us with new challenges (and many old ones, hung over from the previous year). I asked some women about their expectations and hopes for Jamaica this year. Here are their thoughts, and I would … More Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

Some Thoughts on Hallowe’en, and a Jamaican Duppy Story

Tonight is Hallowe’en. It’s a celebration of all things gloomy, dark and deliciously disturbing. We humans have always had a fascination for the supernatural, and there is nothing strange about that. And indeed it’s another grey, glowering evening in Kingston, after yet another day of heavy rain. Elsewhere in the world, it’s the time of … More Some Thoughts on Hallowe’en, and a Jamaican Duppy Story

“The Earth Is But One Country, and Mankind Its Citizens”: World Religion Day in Jamaica

How does one celebrate World Religion Day? Especially if, like me, you are not a follower of any organized religion? Well, I learned that it makes perfect sense for those of the Bahá’í Faith, who invited us to a special event last Sunday at the National Bahá’í Centre in Kingston. The Bahá’í belief is that all religions are … More “The Earth Is But One Country, and Mankind Its Citizens”: World Religion Day in Jamaica

Renwar Vallee: A Teen Christian Fantasy (Book Review)

Welcome to Renwar’s world. Mary D. Johnson, Renwar’s creator, will show you round. If you take a look at the cover – a misty wood bathed in an aqueous half-light – you will know, dear reader, that this is a mysterious world; one of strange possibilities and surprising discoveries. It’s a space that can turn … More Renwar Vallee: A Teen Christian Fantasy (Book Review)

Hot Air, Thieves, Highways, Pollution and Pontifications: Sunday, January 18, 2015

We are moving into what they call a “dry spell” – which could soon develop into “drought conditions.” I can tell, because our wild birds are pushing and shoving each other at our garden bird bath. Birds need water, too; do put some out for them. Blowing hot air: Why am I so not impressed by the way … More Hot Air, Thieves, Highways, Pollution and Pontifications: Sunday, January 18, 2015