Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day. The theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy – in other words, the importance of educating ourselves on these complex and wide-ranging topics. Until recently, by the way, I didn’t know the day is also called International Mother Earth Day. The Earth Day Network (Earth Day is primarily a citizen-oriented effort) is … More #EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?
Jamaica is an island with plenty of “ambience” – it’s an oddly vague word that means a “feel,” an atmosphere, a quality. When we talk about “vibes” in Jamaica, that is what we are really talking about – whether good or bad. The Beach Boys’ classic “Good Vibrations” sums it up – and again Brian … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience – in Jamaica
“Gone to drift.” What a sweet phrase to describe a fisherman lost at sea. Like the tides and currents that swirl around our island, this young adult novel carries the reader along – floating, spinning and sometimes swerving unexpectedly, like a small boat on the vast face of the ocean. It’s an adventure story, with … More Book Review: “Gone to Drift” by Diana McCaulay
We have had a shower in Kingston, and the air is cool and light. It is the Easter holiday, and since yesterday we have been resting in a cocoon of sleepy silence. The Carnival activities tomorrow are likely to intervene (yes, we have Carnival on Easter Sunday, just to be different). But meanwhile, our dog … More Easter Sprinter: A Memory
I am late! And it’s July 4, so may I extend a very happy Independence Day to the many loyal readers I have in the United States, friends one and all. I also omitted to wish Canadian readers happy Canada Day! Anyway, that said I do apologize. Life has been busy. There has been much … More Yes, late! It’s not July 3, it’s Happy 4th July, 2013
A week ago, I left hot, windy Kingston early with a bus full of book fans, heading for the Calabash International Literary Festival (themed “Jubilation 50” in recognition of Jamaica’s fiftieth anniversary) in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth. Jamaica’s south coast is warm and red-earthed; scented with watermelon and scallion grown under windows; yellow sand beaches … More Jamaican Women Write!