The Resilient Reggae Tiger Inspires National Library Staff in a Difficult Time

“Resilience” is a popular word these days. We apply it to many things: climate change, economic decline, hurricanes and other disasters. And COVID-19. Looking back at our Emancipation/Independence Day holidays, that was what it was all about. Amidst the online celebrations, the usual good wishes and Jamaican colors on social media, the underlying theme was … More The Resilient Reggae Tiger Inspires National Library Staff in a Difficult Time

More COVID Reflections: The Sweet Sadness of Life Online

I wrote recently about my new obsession with housework (except for the cooking, regrettably, since I am culinarily challenged) during the Time of COVID. Another aspect of life at home is online life. Everything that we did before has expanded, and then some. The WhatsApp platform, which had already become a bit of a fixture … More More COVID Reflections: The Sweet Sadness of Life Online

Jamaica Now Has 25 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Six in the Last Two Days (March 24, 2020)

Here is the latest information on COVID-19 cases in Jamaica from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: KINGSTON, Jamaica. Tuesday, 24 March 2020.  Jamaica now has 25 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), following the return of six additional positive tests over the last two days. The six new cases are: Two males, … More Jamaica Now Has 25 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Six in the Last Two Days (March 24, 2020)

Jamaica Welcomes 140 Medical Professionals from Cuba

I am quickly sharing this latest news with you. There will be more to follow tomorrow – and on Monday, when Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to update the nation after the regular Cabinet meeting. Can we expect more stringent measures related to COVID-19?  KINGSTON, Jamaica. 21 March 2020: Jamaica today welcomed 140 Cuban medical … More Jamaica Welcomes 140 Medical Professionals from Cuba

From Dystopian Visions to Soothing Beauty and a Little Laughter: Jamaican Life in the Time of COVID-19

“World gone suicidal.” So said our cleaning lady as we scrubbed the bathroom from top to bottom this morning. I think that sums things up pretty well, don’t you? A short video clip on Twitter last evening gave me chills. Darkness had fallen over the community of Seven Miles/Eight Miles in Bull Bay – a … More From Dystopian Visions to Soothing Beauty and a Little Laughter: Jamaican Life in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19: United Kingdom Added to Countries with Travel Restrictions for Jamaica

Across the Caribbean, Governments are tightening up on travel restrictions. Our first two cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica were “imported” from the United Kingdom, and so were several other cases in the region. My personal view is that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made matters worse over there by apparently embracing the concept of “herd … More COVID-19: United Kingdom Added to Countries with Travel Restrictions for Jamaica

Understanding, Not Exclusion: An Exploration of Sacred Spaces at The Olympia Gallery

Alison West Martin’s interest in Islamic art and philosophy came to her gradually, via the Americas. “I spent three summers in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, while I was studying for my Masters in Fine Arts,” she tells me. “I found the remnants of Islamic architecture there, brought over from Spain. I have always been … More Understanding, Not Exclusion: An Exploration of Sacred Spaces at The Olympia Gallery

Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

Play Reading: The Life of Miguel de Cervantes – Thursday, September 29 at Red Bones

Tomorrow evening there will be a special and rather unusual event: A play reading on the life of Miguel de Cervantes – a remarkable man, often described as the “first modern novelist” – on the 400th anniversary of his death. The reading will take place at the Red Bones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Road in Kingston on … More Play Reading: The Life of Miguel de Cervantes – Thursday, September 29 at Red Bones