A Sinking Dinghy, and a Tiny Bird: Thoughts on COVID-19


As I have observed before, coping mentally and emotionally with COVID-19 is not easy. It is as if we are frozen in time. Every evening in Jamaica, anxiety flickers as we wait for the latest test results to be released. As of this evening, we are up to 196 positives. There was a grandfather clock … More A Sinking Dinghy, and a Tiny Bird: Thoughts on COVID-19

Meet The Bold Ones: National Bakery Gives New Manufacturers a Boost


This phrase The Bold Ones always reminds me of that long-running soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. These Jamaican entrepreneurs may or may not consider themselves beautiful, but they are certainly an inspiration. Setting out on the entrepreneurial road in Jamaica has its challenges. These seven enterprises were recognized recently at the launch of The … More Meet The Bold Ones: National Bakery Gives New Manufacturers a Boost

International Day of Forests in Jamaica: The Wood and Water Connection


The Taino word for Jamaica, Xaymaca, means “Land of Wood and Water.” The Tainos were describing tall trees, flowing rivers, splashing waterfalls. The two words fit together. Today (March 21) was International Day of Forests; and the theme is Forests and Water: Sustaining Lives and Livelihoods. What could be more important than the forest/water connection? However, the average … More International Day of Forests in Jamaica: The Wood and Water Connection

Sturge Town: A Farming Community Faces Up to Climate Change


“Our islands are very brittle.” Farmer, environmentalist, community activist and priest Rev. Dr. Frank E. Lawrence makes this observation as his friend, local conservationist Wendy Lee, and I settle down on his verandah in Runaway Bay for a good chat. Dr. Lawrence is now 83 years old; he talks about a village called Sturge Town, … More Sturge Town: A Farming Community Faces Up to Climate Change

The Little Things


Life has been a bit overwhelming lately. A plethora of “issues,” large and small, and many things to attend to at home and outside the home. So I took a little time off yesterday to wander around our overgrown yard, enjoying the song of the Northern Mockingbird (the Jamaican “nightingale”) and photographing very small things. … More The Little Things

Moringa in Spring


It’s hard to differentiate between the seasons here in the tropics, of course. But now there is a little freshness in the air. After a few showers that eased our crippling drought, the garden seems to be breathing again. The clouds are high and light; the sky is a gentler blue. And mangoes are ripening… … More Moringa in Spring

A Miracle with Leaves


The word “miracle,” (like “excellence”) is a word that is much over-used in the hyposphere (yes, that’s a new word I just created.  I quite like it, might copyright it).  But seriously, there is a “miracle tree” –  and its name is Moringa.  No, not merengue – as my husband kept pronouncing it – no … More A Miracle with Leaves