Well, Bloganuary has got off to an interesting start with its first prompt, and the blog posts are rolling in, inspired by this question: I have not looked at my Bloganuary colleagues’ posts yet, but we are all planning to comment/like/share of course, in the tradition of social media, and we won’t forget the hashtags … More Bloganuary: What advice would I give to my teenage self?
A child is just a child. Not an adult, but an adult in the making. How then, does a small human being (who has not yet worked things out for him/herself) deserve to be shouted at, beaten, slapped and kicked into submission, in the name of so-called “discipline”? That small child deserves love, nurturing, protection … More UNICEF renews call for ban on corporal punishment in Jamaica
I have been enjoying reading and reviewing a few Caribbean young adult novels over the past year or two. As the summer begins in earnest, this would be a worthy addition to your teen’s bookshelf. If you look back through my blog, you will find a few other YA novels that I have reviewed over the … More Book Review: Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini
It has to be said, and I have to put it on record: PRIDE 2016 was a tremendous success in Jamaica. Last week’s series of events was “incident free” (as the media would say). There was no harassment; no stone-throwing crowds appeared on the horizon. No bad behavior, just pure fun, with a bit of serious … More The Importance of PRIDE Jamaica 2016
“Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else.” A popular writer for teens, Sarah Dessen, wrote this, and it is so true. I always wanted my family to stay the same; encapsulated in a kind of time … More Family Matters: Early Morning Thoughts
I am not really one for these blog awards, but this one is from someone special, whom I have only connected with quite recently but feel I know rather well, already. His blog is witty, funny, naughty, startling at times, never dull. Plus, he is Scottish and it resonates with the Scottish half of me, … More WordPress Family Award
A recent online conversation sparked a distant and dark memory, from childhood (and no one’s childhood is all sweetness and light, even if we would like to believe so). This is my memory, as accurately as I can tell it. I was about eight years old, living in a group of old-fashioned apartments in south-west … More Innocence and Loss