For the past few days, I have been wrapped up in social media posts – looking at photos and videos of broken buildings, ravaged landscapes and water – water everywhere – whether salt or fresh it is hard to tell, and likely a mixture of the two. Even in Kingston, Jamaica – well outside the … More Hurricane Irma: Will the Caribbean Ever Be the Same?
Here we are in Kingston, right on the very edge of Hurricane Irma’s huge spiral of destruction. Lightning flickers, the thunder is terrifying our dogs, and we have had very heavy rain for the last hour or two. The Caribbean has been thrown into turmoil in the wake of Irma, which is making its way up … More The Cost of Storms: Some Caribbean Islands to Receive Payouts from CCRIF After Irma’s Devastation
The slow-motion disaster that is Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey, which began last week shows no signs of easing, as I write. The storm is about to make a “second landfall” in Louisiana. Here is a press release – which I am posting somewhat belatedly – from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade regarding assistance … More Supporting Jamaicans Affected by Tropical Storm Harvey
The highly anticipated eclipse of the Sun this week rather passed me by. I was busy, and hardly thought of looking out of the window. I did not notice it getting any darker. I was really not “tuned in” to it and I knew, anyway, that in Jamaica it would only be a partial eclipse. … More Light Will Penetrate and Consume the Dark: A Partial Eclipse in the Hills of Jamaica
What’s happening in Jamaica (and the world)? Far too much to cover it all. August has been pretty intense – which is why I am rather late in posting this. It started with our hottest day in Kingston for 24 years – on August 3 it was just about 37º C. Even the nights have … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: August 19/20, 2017
Here is a blog post by my friend Anne C. Bailey – her quiet reflections on freedom, our favourite sporting hero – and “un-freedom.” It’s a poignant piece… You can read it here. Usain Bolt and Freedom At Its Best Last week I wrote about Usain Bolt, who inspires us with his grace even in defeat. As … More One More Comment on Usain Bolt… and Freedom
Tribe Sankofa is a six year-old drama troupe that has continuously pushed the boundaries. Founded by its Artistic Director Fabian Thomas – a strong and passionate Jamaican – it does not flinch from challenging topics. Plus, it is enormously talented. This summer, the Tribe (albeit reduced in size) is traveling to Barbados for Carifesta! They … More Tribe Sankofa Heads to Barbados for Carifesta