Acting Locally for International Peace Day: Thursday, September 21 (Please Wear Blue!)


International Peace Day is tomorrow – Thursday, September 21, 2017. In Jamaica, peace is a big issue. As the Dalai Lama and others have said – “peace” does not just mean “absence of violence.” It is much more than that, and we need to work on it –  together. The Violence Prevention Alliance (see contact details … More Acting Locally for International Peace Day: Thursday, September 21 (Please Wear Blue!)

Waiting…and Waiting.


Waiting is a pause, a pause before the action. That is this week’s Photo Challenge. I often seem to take pictures of people before an event, while they are waiting for something to happen. The body language of a human being “on pause” is interesting and amusing. Birders are by nature quite patient; I have … More Waiting…and Waiting.

All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women


Wow. What a combination! Poetry and martial arts. However, the healing power of poetry and the strength and focus of martial arts do actually compliment each other. It’s a two-pronged approach to dealing with the issue of gender-based violence. As the summer winds down, it’s good to look back at some of the many – and … More All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women

Registration for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 is Now Open!


It’s that time of year again… and Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) wants to break last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day record (eleventh largest in the world!) Are you ready for Saturday, September 16, 2017? Register yourself – or your team – today! PS Big ups to the Tourism Enhancement Fund for their continued support, and … More Registration for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 is Now Open!