ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020


August 1 – Emancipation Day – is as good a day as any to restart writing my weekly news posts. I have missed doing them, actually. They help me (and hopefully you) keep a finger on the pulse of things. So, it’s a humid evening, an hour to go before curfew kicks in at 11. … More ICYMI in Jamaica: Much Ado About Dreadlocks, INDECOM Chief Steps Down, and JUTC Needs to Shape Up: August 2, 2020

A COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: What We Know, and What We Don’t Know


It’s hard to believe that this is the last day of July. The time seems to go slowly in one sense – when are we going to come out of the woods on COVID-19? – and at the same time seems to hurry along. Now, on the eve of the Emancipation/Independence national holidays (August 1 … More A COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: What We Know, and What We Don’t Know

A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016


It’s August already, and I am writing this accompanied by quick bursts of rainfall and breeze (and a cup of Darjeeling tea). Tropical Storm Earl (which took a while to be named) is passing just to the south of us and getting up some steam for Honduras and Mexico. It has not inconvenienced too many … More A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Flat Bridge, A New Hotel – and Emancipation Means Freedom to Party: Jamaica, Saturday July 23, 2016


It’s been a strange week – and a sad one for our household, as our beloved old dog Girly passed away. People who own and love dogs will understand how painful this was (and we now have one lonely young dog, who needs a companion or two and is missing Girly as much as we … More Flat Bridge, A New Hotel – and Emancipation Means Freedom to Party: Jamaica, Saturday July 23, 2016

The Brave, the Beautiful…and the Proud


It was an extraordinary Emancipation/Independence holiday in Jamaica, in more ways than one. It was a “first.” One could even say that history was made. J-FLAG, the non-governmental organization that supports and advocates for the Jamaican LGBT community, held its first “Pride” celebration under the theme: “The Pride of a People: Breaking the Rules of Oppression.”  … More The Brave, the Beautiful…and the Proud

No Rain, More Crime, Palisadoes Restoration and We Are “Proud and Free”: Friday, July 31, 2015


Ugh. I confess I have been so preoccupied by the BirdsCaribbean Conference that recent events have hardly registered, yet. This is perhaps just as well, as it has been utterly depressing. I have also been trying to ignore the clouds’ stubborn refusal to rain on us poor city dwellers, while elsewhere on the island I … More No Rain, More Crime, Palisadoes Restoration and We Are “Proud and Free”: Friday, July 31, 2015

Emancipation Day: Working on the Mental Part


“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds.” That was Bob Marley quoting Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1937) in his “Redemption Song” (1980). Mr. Marley’s lyrics consist of many quotations, Jamaican sayings and proverbs, woven into his thoughts. He was good at that. And today in Jamaica is Emancipation Day, August 1. A national holiday, … More Emancipation Day: Working on the Mental Part

Jamaica is 51 years old now: Wednesday, August 7, 2013


In the past two weeks (while in the eastern Caribbean) I actually did not see a gun. Not one. Or a squatter community. But, back to reality now. And we have been celebrating our 51st year of Independence. It’s amazing to think that all the Jamaica 50 hoopla was a whole year ago, already… She … More Jamaica is 51 years old now: Wednesday, August 7, 2013