PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018


What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018

Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year


Last year I visited the Port Royal Marine Laboratory (PRML) and met some of the budding marine scientists, who were enjoying the Marine Maniacs summer camp. This summer I, unfortunately, didn’t make it to that special place where Kingston Harbour meets the Caribbean Sea. However, they shared their account of this year’s activities, as well as some great … More Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year

Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018


I have been a little off the radar, so this update is not a weekend one, but a post-holiday break post! In the past ten days, much has been happening – including a delicious three days at Couples Sans Souci on the north coast, an evening at the Independence Day celebrations, and more…Anyway, here goes. … More Nightmare Weekend in Negril, A Minister Steps Back, and Farewell to “Carrot”: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mercury in Retrograde, Mistakes of the Past, Modern-Day Slaves: Jamaica on Saturday, July 28, 2018


I learned this week that Mercury is in retrograde from July 26 to August 18. It’s a time when there will be a lot of disagreements and misunderstandings. We are cautioned also to keep a low profile and not make any big decisions, because they may backfire. Actually, this could explain a lot about happenings … More Mercury in Retrograde, Mistakes of the Past, Modern-Day Slaves: Jamaica on Saturday, July 28, 2018

BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme


Latoya West-Blackwood is a hard-working Jamaican woman with a special energy. She pays attention to everything. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a few projects. Now, as Chairperson of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, she has been invited to visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland in August. I am … More BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme

The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds


I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship


Dear readers, my favorite people at Katalyxt have just completed their Seventh Annual Youth Innovators’ Competition – a very special competition for high schools intended to encourage innovation and creativity in business. The youthful entrepreneurs compete with presentations, displays, and demonstrations of the products and services they have been working on. Two products will be … More Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship