The “why?” question is always the tricky one. This was the Bloganuary prompt though, and I will do my best with it. Reason Number One: As most writers will say, I write mostly for myself. As I noted in my previous Bloganuary post, writing brings me joy. I am not always happy with my writing, … More Why do I write? Here are four reasons…
When we are discussing a particularly intractable problem, and there seems to be no solution, no positive outcome – in fact, no outcome at all – we often scratch our heads and say: “Well, it’s a matter of leadership.” In other words, a lack of leadership. We cannot untangle the conundrum. We go round in … More The leadership question: some thoughts from Jamaica’s Integrity Commission
Nor would I have ever met Rob Allan. He lived on the other side of the world – in New Zealand. I came across Mr. Allan’s tweets because I realised he lived in, and shared his photographs of, a place that had greatly appealed to me after reading the Booker Prize-winning novel “The Luminaries.” At … More In remembrance of a Twitter friend I never met
This is not a comfortable thing to write about, but I must. Because it is about our everyday life, our way of life. How Jamaicans manage, daily, on this beautiful island. It was Twitter that got me thinking. One tweet recently observed that there is a dark and heavy atmosphere. This, despite the COVID era … More Many Jamaicans are nervous. Guess why?
You may have noticed that I have not been writing much recently. This is not because I suddenly decided that I hate writing; far from it. However, for the remainder of this month, my posts may be few and far between. October happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or, to use its rather clumsy … More “Pinktober”: the warriors, the champions, the supporters in Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Is there something that we humans don’t understand about “human rights for all?” I wonder sometimes. Here is commentary from Stand Up for Jamaica, which makes perfect sense to me. J-FLAG, which used to represent the LGBTQ community, apparently had nothing to say on the matter. I also had concerns about the recent public opinion … More We all have rights, says Stand Up for Jamaica. Who are you to tell us otherwise?
I confess, I have been preoccupied by family matters and rather low key. This World Environment Day I found it hard to focus; the issues are crowding in. In particular, climate change weighs heavily. I looked up the hashtag on Twitter, finding more and more semi-hopeful messages, “we’re doing something” videos, and “let’s do something!” … More Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions
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There was a total eclipse of the moon last night (Sunday, May 15, 2022), which was visible to us here in Jamaica. I love staring at the night sky and decided to watch the eclipse of this Super Flower Blood Moon. Wonderful name! The sky was very…
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is strongly recommending that Jamaicans located in Russia leave that country, as the situation is becoming increasingly difficult as a consequence of various sanctions imposed in response to its military actions in Ukraine. Please do share this information with anyone you know who might be affected – … More Foreign Affairs Ministry urges Jamaican citizens to leave Russia
I am not really big on hope. Hope with an upper-case “H.” There was a sixties song called “Wishing and Hoping” that never resonated with me. Well, why spend your life wishing and hoping? In fact, the song goes on to urge a woman to “get her man” by taking action, wearing her hair the … More Hope and healing, and rainbows fade quickly