Bloganuary: What advice would I give to my teenage self?

Well, Bloganuary has got off to an interesting start with its first prompt, and the blog posts are rolling in, inspired by this question: I have not looked at my Bloganuary colleagues’ posts yet, but we are all planning to comment/like/share of course, in the tradition of social media, and we won’t forget the hashtags … More Bloganuary: What advice would I give to my teenage self?

The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review

The world is an uncertain place for teenagers, at the best of times. But for a 13-year-old girl living in a rundown neighbourhood just outside Havana, Cuba, in the end days of the dictator Batista’s regime, it takes on a level of claustrophobic anxiety. Adela – named after the beloved grandmother whom she never met … More The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

Mother Beats Daughter: The Wicked Woman We Love to Hate, by Damien Williams

Here is another response by community development practitioner and blogger Damien Williams to the video of a woman beating her child in rural Bath, St. Thomas (this happened some time last year). The woman, Doreen Dyer, was held in custody for two nights and charged with cruelty to a child. She has been granted bail … More Mother Beats Daughter: The Wicked Woman We Love to Hate, by Damien Williams

But he only…

Originally posted on idealisticrebel:
It’s hard when sheltered little girls start to grow up and get interested in boys, and boys return the interest.  You only want to really talk about positive things with your daughter, because she’s your little girl and you cannot imagine adult types of things happening to her. Then it’s time…

Dreaming at the Boot Camp: UCC’s Vibrant Open Day

I wish I could have stayed longer, but this week I did drop by the University College of the Caribbean’s first “Boot Camp” – a noisy, energetic exercise, designed to offer study and career options to high school students. No, not a physical boot camp – rather, an inspirational and informative Open Day highlighting UCC’s … More Dreaming at the Boot Camp: UCC’s Vibrant Open Day

Youth Advocacy Through the Lens: The Resolution Project

This is the season for awards ceremonies in Jamaica. School is out, the weather is hot and it’s time to get together and say, “Well done! You made it!” before we all go off on our separate summer excursions, here and there. A few days ago I attended an extraordinary ceremony – not in the audience, … More Youth Advocacy Through the Lens: The Resolution Project

Love and Peace

Back in my hippie days, this was of course my mantra. A simple expression of what life should be all about. Surround yourself with love and peace and everything will fall into place. And everyone will love you. Of course, in the real world life wasn’t quite like that. In today’s Jamaica, there are so … More Love and Peace