The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020

Writer and historian Dr. Anne C. Bailey, looking back, just decided to repost this moving article, which she first published in April, 2020 – just when the pain and loss of the COVID-19 pandemic was being felt deeply in the United States – and in particular in the state of New York, where Dr. Bailey … More The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020

“Or Does It Explode?” On the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Death

Originally posted on Destructive Anachronism:
As I’m sure most of you are aware, today marks the fiftieth anniversary since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had been since 18 March assisting the sanitation workers striking for better pay and working conditions. King, whom…

On Martin Luther King Day, When We Are Reminded to Raise Our Voices

Only two weeks into the new year, it is Martin Luther King Day – and it is amidst anger (among African and Caribbean nations in particular, but also across America and the world) at the words of the President of the United States. I have promised myself not to mention his name, nor will I … More On Martin Luther King Day, When We Are Reminded to Raise Our Voices

Respect Jamaica: My Thoughts on Service, Activism and the Beloved Community of the 21st Century

Last week I was asked to share some thoughts on volunteering, from my personal experience, at Respect Jamaica’s “This is Respect” Ambassador Awards Breakfast. It was a happy and exciting morning with a large group of extremely bright and focused young volunteers. I am sharing my comments here. I was joined by UNICEF Jamaica’s Allison … More Respect Jamaica: My Thoughts on Service, Activism and the Beloved Community of the 21st Century

Shooting Yourself in Both Feet, The Power of Wind – And Yes, We Still Have Chik V Pains: Thursday, February 26, 2015

We are into the Lenten season now (for those who are of religious persuasion) and the pre-Carnival season (for the hedonists among us), with weekly soca sessions in . It’s an odd combination, isn’t it? The timing of Jamaica’s Carnival, a foreign import that started in the late 1980s, is from a religious point of … More Shooting Yourself in Both Feet, The Power of Wind – And Yes, We Still Have Chik V Pains: Thursday, February 26, 2015

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

I am sharing below a blog post from one of my favorite Jamaican tweeters. I edited it slightly as I was unable to re-blog it properly (I wish everyone was on WordPress!) @MizDurie responds to a remark by a leading local politician that those who comment on social media are irrelevant. Why? Because they are … More “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

An Immoral Ignorance

Originally posted on Under the Saltire Flag:
1. Yesterday’s Ignorance My paternal great-grandmothers were ignorant women – one more so than the other. They did not mean to be. They were products of their time. One of them – Aunt May was what they called her – was disappointed in the woman my father chose…