Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition


In a recent article on the Gleaner blogs page, I wrote about the need to listen to, and include our young people. We also need to encourage them and nurture their ideas – not in a patronizing way, but to really give them space. I always think that Winsome Minott and her small, but dedicated Katalyxt … More Vere Technical High School Wins Katalyxt Youth Innovators’ Competition

Lots of Liquidity


What a beautiful word it is: Liquid. This is the week’s Photo Challenge. On an island, we are surrounded by a liquid of the salty variety, so it is not hard to find. We were known as the “Land of Wood and Water” in the days of the Taino, and we have forests and rivers, … More Lots of Liquidity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story (People’s Stories, That Is)


This week’s Photo Challenge is “Story.” They say “Every picture tells a story.” When you are talking about people – yes, it does, although the stories are barely revealed by the camera. This challenge suggested that a story is a series of events. However, I was thinking of the story that each person, each individual … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Story (People’s Stories, That Is)

Pink Lemonade, a Yellow Fascinator… and Grabbing Those Lemons


If I was superstitious, I would say something was up. A few hours before the launch of Damien Williams’ Grab You Some Lemons at the Jamaica Theological Seminary on March 3, there was an earth tremor that swayed us from side to side (about 4 on the Richter Scale, I believe). As I arrived at the launch, … More Pink Lemonade, a Yellow Fascinator… and Grabbing Those Lemons

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018


The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators Competition Goes to St. Ann


A group of high school students made its way to Browns Town, St. Ann (on a smooth road, followed by a bumpy road, as described below!) Here is the Katalyxt team’s report on their second workshop, in preparation for their annual Youth Innovators’ Competition. Damien Williams – a great motivator, who will be launching his book Grab … More Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators Competition Goes to St. Ann

Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018


It has not been an easy week in Jamaica, I think it’s fair to say. Our island has had a bit of drama. On the plus side, the weather is gentle and warm… and I hear a pair of parrots chatting to each other in our back yard. Yes, we have urban parrots, woodpeckers, warblers … More Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Grab You Some Lemons: A Book All About Courage and Healing (My Foreword)


Damien Williams is one of my personal heroes. Heroes are people who are afraid, but do it anyway. Heroes are confronted with very challenging circumstances, but turn grim and dark experiences into hopeful ones. Sometimes, you just have to work with what you’ve got – which may not be very much. Hence the title of … More Grab You Some Lemons: A Book All About Courage and Healing (My Foreword)

Mother Beats Daughter: The Wicked Woman We Love to Hate, by Damien Williams


Here is another response by community development practitioner and blogger Damien Williams to the video of a woman beating her child in rural Bath, St. Thomas (this happened some time last year). The woman, Doreen Dyer, was held in custody for two nights and charged with cruelty to a child. She has been granted bail … More Mother Beats Daughter: The Wicked Woman We Love to Hate, by Damien Williams