Living in the Gyre

These are treacherous times. We have to put one foot in front of the other, and try not to slip. These are anxious times. We have to close our eyes, count to ten, pray, meditate, take deep breaths. These are angry times. We have to hold onto our reason; some people have abandoned theirs, and … More Living in the Gyre

Jamaicans for Justice Concerned Over Latest Fire in a Children’s Home

I had a déjà vu feeling last week on hearing the news of another fire at a children’s home. Fortunately, no lives were lost but the The human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) – currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary – has consistently lobbied on behalf of Jamaican citizens in state care, including children … More Jamaicans for Justice Concerned Over Latest Fire in a Children’s Home

Pay More Attention to Child Safety: Fires, Disasters, Climate Change

This month is Child Month in Jamaica – although it is one of those cases of “every month is Child Month.” The dedicated Christine Staple-Ebanks, the founder of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, is unusually aware of the vulnerability of our children, especially those with special needs like her own son. The Foundation is organizing a … More Pay More Attention to Child Safety: Fires, Disasters, Climate Change

JFJ Calls for Official Public Report on Tragic Fire at Walker’s Place of Safety

I often get the feeling that our children are not as safe as they should be. Even those “in need of care and protection,” to use the official term for children who have been abandoned or who cannot stay in their homes. Fires are all too common in Jamaica, and children are too often the … More JFJ Calls for Official Public Report on Tragic Fire at Walker’s Place of Safety

Our Mosquitoes Get a Shock, The Cop/Robber, and Obama Day Draws Nigh: Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Easter weekend has been breathtakingly quiet in Kingston. Our neighbors have all flitted off to the country, leaving us to wander around the yard in peace and quiet, listening to the birds, enjoying light rain showers, and admiring the few orchids we possess, which seem to be indulging our wishes and actually blossoming, for … More Our Mosquitoes Get a Shock, The Cop/Robber, and Obama Day Draws Nigh: Sunday, April 5, 2015

Owen Blakka Ellis and Michael Abrahams: ‘Fun and Joke Aside’

Humor is a powerful tool for social commentary – and an effective one, without a doubt. A sharp wit can get the audience laughing – but thinking, at the same time. Here are two of the best Jamaican exponents, who will be talking (and most likely, performing) next weekend. I am looking forward to it. … More Owen Blakka Ellis and Michael Abrahams: ‘Fun and Joke Aside’

Riverton Fire Aftermath: The Impacts of Benzene on Public Health

There is still considerable concern over the long-term health impact of the recent fire at Riverton city dump, which emitted smoke and pollution for over two weeks into the largest built-up area in Jamaica – Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) just shared this article on a chemical of particular … More Riverton Fire Aftermath: The Impacts of Benzene on Public Health

The Black Carpet, A Show of Unity and Super-Nepotism: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Delicious rain fell in the wake of the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium. The discordant ring of the vuvuzelas (a once-popular invention  Jamaicans apparently still cling to) has receded, the busloads of students have careered off into the distance. It is cool and it is relatively calm. But local journalists are still … More The Black Carpet, A Show of Unity and Super-Nepotism: Tuesday, March 31, 2015