“KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016

I am not good at the “kmt” thing. In Jamaican social media slang this means “kiss my teeth” – a sound of irritation made when the tongue meets the front teeth. There were several occasions this week when I did a mental “kmt.” However, the cooler weather – bright sunny mornings and rainy afternoons – … More “KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016

It’s that sad anniversary again (why does 9/11 always seem to come round so fast?) That clear blue day when tragedy and horror struck, and nothing was ever the same again. We were in New York City at the time…But that’s another story. It’s also 29 years today since reggae star Peter Tosh was murdered. … More Unkempt Children, Unhappy Deportees, and the PM Tours Portland Bight: Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016

What a week. The weather is hot – day and night. The White-Crowned Pigeon (“Baldpate”) is coming to our bird bath in the middle of the day, just to drink. When I refill the baths (making sure all the old water is gone, so as not to breed mosquitoes) the birds are just sitting in … More A Political Highway, GBS Cases Increase, and More Local Government Troubles: Saturday, June 25, 2016

But Won’t They Panic If We Tell Them? Communication re #ZikaVirus and Other Health Emergencies

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I found myself nodding in agreement frequently as I watched a presentation given by Dr Barbara Reynolds at the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Zika Action Plan Summit which was held in Atlanta, GA on April 1. The title of Dr Reynolds’ talk was…

The Touch of the Master, TMZ Politicians and the Youth are Klicking: Saturday, November 21, 2015

It’s been a week of trying to pull themselves together for the Portia Simpson Miller administration, after the disastrous neonatal episode. And it’s been a couple of weeks of me trying to get my act together, after some long diversions. But I’m back. Sort of. Still although the following may seem a little out of … More The Touch of the Master, TMZ Politicians and the Youth are Klicking: Saturday, November 21, 2015

“Di Guy,” Political Footballs and The “Tiefing” of Our Heritage: Friday, November 6, 2015

The weather has been cool, damp and low-key – rather unusual for the tropics, but I like it. The garden, which has had to endure some harsh weather this year, likes the frequent showers of rain, too. Nothing low-key about happenings in Jamaica though – in particular, the politics. The party rallies are becoming ever … More “Di Guy,” Political Footballs and The “Tiefing” of Our Heritage: Friday, November 6, 2015

The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

It’s been a difficult week. You know how sad news sometimes really hurts, while some indulge in the petty and the trivial? At least the gentle rains and persistent showers this week may have washed some of the pain away. Political pettiness: The debate on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) remained in the doldrums last … More The Childish Senate, The Cannabis Cluster and Congrats to an Arsenal Fan: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I heard my first Christmas radio commercial last week. Jingle bells and all. I was quite shocked. It is, after all, still October, last time I checked! It has been around ten days since I last wrote, and the past ten days have been, shall we say, a rather rough ride for some of our … More Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015

It’s been ten days of high drama (and a good few thunderstorms to go with it). I have been so busy dashing up and down. Time to take stock, and time to slow down, over the weekend, as my health has been letting me down again. What a week! Where to start? Well, the upset … More Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015