#GoatIslandsSaved, Please Pardon Mr. Garvey, and the PM Live From New York: Jamaica on Sunday, September 25, 2016

September has been a hectic month for me – but today, being Sunday, I am slowing down a little to admire our garden. It is flourishing for the first time in the entire year, after a series of afternoon thunderstorms this week brought heavenly rain! Give thanks. It’s been a “mixed bag” week but I … More #GoatIslandsSaved, Please Pardon Mr. Garvey, and the PM Live From New York: Jamaica on Sunday, September 25, 2016

NW Manley Turns in His Grave, Blacking Out, and A Hero’s Quiet Return: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

After a day or two of grey clouds and drizzle, an energetic breeze is livening us up this morning. Our little dog has been racing up and down the yard.  There is a shift in the season, and all around us there are depressions and burgeoning storms. Hopefully they will avoid our little island. We … More NW Manley Turns in His Grave, Blacking Out, and A Hero’s Quiet Return: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Environment Stories: BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba, Parrotfish, Coastal Cleanup Day, More: Sunday, August 28, 2016

Here’s this week’s roundup of stories on the environment and climate change, with links you can click on! Enjoy… JAMAICA AND THE CARIBBEAN Join Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and 96 other groups at 142 beach cleanup sites across Jamaica for International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 17. Here is the complete site list for the … More Environment Stories: BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba, Parrotfish, Coastal Cleanup Day, More: Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

Happy Independence Day to all who are celebrating! It’s very quiet in Kingston, but no doubt a few parties will break out later on. I was happy to attend a “Rae Town Oldies” party at the residence of the Spanish Chargée d’Affaires two days ago, which was huge fun (and, of course wonderful oldies in … More The Independence Olympics, Mario Deane and Ministers’ Words: Jamaica, Saturday August 6, 2016

Growing Bigger, A Strange MoBay Story, and No More “Demon” Talk! Jamaica on Sunday, May 1, 2016

It’s been a very busy week for me, with lots of good things happening – as always. But the undercurrent of crime (murders) is very disturbing. I just heard the news of the deaths of two American missionaries. It is becoming increasingly hard for the average Jamaican to deal with all this loss. Personally, I … More Growing Bigger, A Strange MoBay Story, and No More “Demon” Talk! Jamaica on Sunday, May 1, 2016

“The Earth Is But One Country, and Mankind Its Citizens”: World Religion Day in Jamaica

How does one celebrate World Religion Day? Especially if, like me, you are not a follower of any organized religion? Well, I learned that it makes perfect sense for those of the Bahá’í Faith, who invited us to a special event last Sunday at the National Bahá’í Centre in Kingston. The Bahá’í belief is that all religions are … More “The Earth Is But One Country, and Mankind Its Citizens”: World Religion Day in Jamaica

Contractor General Dirk Harrison Urges Citizens: Be an Advocate for Positive Change

Late last year, the non-governmental organization National Integrity Action held another membership induction ceremony at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI). It was an inspiring event; NIA is building an impressive cadre of very smart young people who are willing to step forward and advocate for transparency and accountability in governance. … More Contractor General Dirk Harrison Urges Citizens: Be an Advocate for Positive Change

Cuba, USA Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations: Text of Letters Exchanged on a Historic Day for the Americas

We are the Americas. Cuba is Jamaica’s closest neighbor, and the United States’ closest neighbor too. The U.S.A. is, I dare say, Jamaica’s most influential neighbor. Today is another historic day for our hemisphere, although there are some tricky obstacles on the horizon (Guantánamo Bay, for example, and the lifting of the trade embargo). Today … More Cuba, USA Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations: Text of Letters Exchanged on a Historic Day for the Americas

An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015

“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Well, it has been a windy week and our yard has filled with crackling dry leaves. It’s hard to find anything good blowing for anybody, just at the moment. A terrible tragedy: Everyone has run out of adjectives to describe the murder of three schoolboys and a … More An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015