Apply Now for the 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation in Jamaica

Jamaica has a flourishing and dynamic cultural life, as we all know. We also have a pretty fascinating cultural heritage – much of it in dire need of preservation. We love our culture, but we are sometimes not so good at recording, preserving, restoring, documenting. Be that as it may, I wanted to quickly post … More Apply Now for the 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation in Jamaica

Entering the Spiritual Yards of Artistic Magic and Mystery

This morning, we went to the opening of an art exhibition that sent pulses of mysterious energy through the cool white halls of the National Gallery of Jamaica. We entered into Spiritual Yards – selections from the collection of Wayne and Myrene Cox. The exhibit closes on January 29, 2017 and is highly recommended for … More Entering the Spiritual Yards of Artistic Magic and Mystery

The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016

After an unpleasantly dry and hot month, the rain arrived in Kingston yesterday, and there’s the promise of more rain, perhaps. The past few days have been quite dramatic , although not always the kind of drama you really welcome. But, there it is. Innocent baby: I apologize, but I have to start on this tragic … More The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016

Flat Bridge, A New Hotel – and Emancipation Means Freedom to Party: Jamaica, Saturday July 23, 2016

It’s been a strange week – and a sad one for our household, as our beloved old dog Girly passed away. People who own and love dogs will understand how painful this was (and we now have one lonely young dog, who needs a companion or two and is missing Girly as much as we … More Flat Bridge, A New Hotel – and Emancipation Means Freedom to Party: Jamaica, Saturday July 23, 2016

Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music

Late last year, the cultural arm of the United Nations, UNESCO designated Kingston, Jamaica as a “Creative City.” The then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment lobbied hard for this, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund reportedly put up J$3.4 million in support of these efforts. So, this is all good stuff. It’s a good selling point. … More Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music

Congratulations to the Winners of the Lignum Vitae Awards!

This is somewhat belated – I am tripping over myself at the moment trying to catch up on things happening. And this was a most important happening that I was unable to be a part of. “My bad,” as they say. But belated and warm congratulations to the winners of the Lignum Vitae Awards, which … More Congratulations to the Winners of the Lignum Vitae Awards!

Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Shortlist Announced

This has been an exciting week for Jamaican writing, with Marlon James winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Now we have the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards 2015 to look forward to. The Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) has just announced the shortlist. Here goes: Nine writers have been selected for the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards … More Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Shortlist Announced

Social Media, Politicians and Recycling: Monday, December 15, 2014

It’s been raining forcefully every afternoon for the past few days. Afternoons are gloomy, and evenings fill with rain. This must be dampening the Christmas season; shopkeepers and vendors are complaining. The Instagram Minister, redux: Yesterday the Gleaner newspaper revived the issue of Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna’s regular postings of her well-toned body on social … More Social Media, Politicians and Recycling: Monday, December 15, 2014