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I haven’t had much quiet time lately. Reading, and writing about books – and writing in general – requires a great deal of quiet time. Gradually, however, I will settle down and have three book reviews coming up shortly: two memoirs (autobiographies if you prefer) and one is poetry and poetic prose. Here they are: … More Book reviews loading…

Jamaica and COVID-19: Over 18,000 vaccinated on Sunday and the “blitz” continues until Tuesday


It was an unusual weekend in Jamaica. We were under lockdown (a half-day curfew on Saturday and all day Sunday) – but the gates were opened for vaccinations across the island. This afternoon was pretty busy at some locations, but reports were generally very positive. Some had to wait, but altogether there were good reviews … More Jamaica and COVID-19: Over 18,000 vaccinated on Sunday and the “blitz” continues until Tuesday

Participants in Jamaica Environment Trust’s Schools’ Environment Programme show resilience, overcome challenges


It was my pleasure recently to be invited to join the panel of judges for two environmental competitions for young people. The first was for the Schools’ Environment Programme, which Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has hosted for over twenty years now (since 1997). JET itself is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year. Congratulations to Lauren … More Participants in Jamaica Environment Trust’s Schools’ Environment Programme show resilience, overcome challenges

Second “Blitz” vaccinates over 1,000 Jamaican elders


The Ministry of Health and Wellness really seem to love the word “blitz.” It sounds somewhat warlike to me, but I guess the idea is to really reach some numbers in terms of vaccination. There have been two “blitzes” so far at the National Arena in Kingston. Reports from the vaccinees (I am not sure … More Second “Blitz” vaccinates over 1,000 Jamaican elders

Earth Hour 2021 in Jamaica: Darkness Falls on IG


“Why are you turning the lights out?” cried my husband, as I plunged the whole house into darkness at 8:30 p.m. this evening. By the way I turned the outside lights off, too. Light pollution was considerably reduced. “We are celebrating Earth Hour,” I told him. He went back to playing with his phone. Meanwhile … More Earth Hour 2021 in Jamaica: Darkness Falls on IG

“I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021


Our recently installed Poet Laureate, Olive Senior, has pledged to help foster environmental awareness through her poetry. She was guest speaker at this year’s World Poetry Day celebration organised by the National Library of Jamaica in partnership with UNESCO – a virtual event, of course. I am hoping that next year we will all be … More “I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021