Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

The Kingston Buttercup has a small yellow flower. It grows with determination by the roadside, prickly but ignored. Ann-Margaret Lim’s title poem in her second collection of poetry Kingston Buttercup describes a glimpse of this little city flower as a kind of release from the pressure of traffic, winding down from her home in Red Hills. It’s … More Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

Cockpit Country: “We Must Fight For It With Every Breath”

In case you were going to ask, the answer is yes. Cockpit Country is still very much under threat from bauxite mining. Several weeks ago now, I found myself at a press briefing/meeting that was extraordinary in many ways. A large delegation of some sixty residents of the Cockpit Country had come to the city. … More Cockpit Country: “We Must Fight For It With Every Breath”

Heritage Matters – For Young Jamaicans, Too

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey. I recently had the honor of volunteering with the JN Foundation again. This time, we were at the venerable Institute of Jamaica, a  colonial relic that still maintains its dignity and still functions … More Heritage Matters – For Young Jamaicans, Too