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I haven’t had much quiet time lately. Reading, and writing about books – and writing in general – requires a great deal of quiet time. Gradually, however, I will settle down and have three book reviews coming up shortly: two memoirs (autobiographies if you prefer) and one is poetry and poetic prose. Here they are: … More Book reviews loading…

Another chance to see Jamaican environmental documentary, “Fly Me to the Moon”


There is another opportunity (in case you missed it, or want to watch again) for you to see Jamaican director Esther Figueroa’s 2019 documentary film “Fly Me to the Moon” at no cost. It will be aired as part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard … More Another chance to see Jamaican environmental documentary, “Fly Me to the Moon”

The Extinction Variations: An Elegy for Earth’s Abundance and a Call to Action


The arts can be a powerful vehicle to express our concern over the ongoing annihilation of our Planet – as vividly and in as many and diverse ways as the arts offers. Here is just one such vehicle. This is from a completely different culture to Jamaica’s; but it is an example of what can … More The Extinction Variations: An Elegy for Earth’s Abundance and a Call to Action

The Finer Points of Waterbirds: A Bit of a Brain Twister


The devil is in the details, they say, and as birders across the region gird themselves up and go out to muddy, sandy, wet places to spot birds, figuring out what is what is no joke. The birds are – what’s the word, indefinable? – at times. As I may have mentioned before, it’s always … More The Finer Points of Waterbirds: A Bit of a Brain Twister

Jamaica Congratulates Biden and Harris


Today was a wonderful day. It has been a long time coming. I haven’t watched so much television in a long while – I was mesmerized. I enjoyed sharing the occasion with friends online: noting down beautiful quotes, commenting on the fashions (Lady Gaga’s Schiaparelli splendor and Bernie Sanders’ “grumpy chic”); laughing at memes (many … More Jamaica Congratulates Biden and Harris

An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister


Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton updated the Lower House this afternoon on the situation regarding COVID-19 and the possibilities regarding a vaccine. It’s really a mixed picture of some successes, some concerns – and otherwise hanging in there and continuing to believe that “this too shall pass.” I have highlighted a few … More An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition


It’s 2021, and everything seems to be happening at once. It’s hard to keep up. Education, health, crime (crime!!), travel and tourism – and more – all seem to be “hot button” issues. The new year is already shaping up to be quite crowded; we need to wrap our heads around some fundamental issues, and … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition

The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020


Writer and historian Dr. Anne C. Bailey, looking back, just decided to repost this moving article, which she first published in April, 2020 – just when the pain and loss of the COVID-19 pandemic was being felt deeply in the United States – and in particular in the state of New York, where Dr. Bailey … More The Morning After “The Weeping Time”: a Post from April, 2020

“A Million Aunties”: My Review of a Novel by Alecia McKenzie


An “Auntie” occupies a unique space in Jamaican society. I have a few “nieces” and “nephews” myself, although they are not related to me in any way. I love them all. In general, Jamaican Aunties are middle-aged or older women. They usually embody certain qualities (at least, in the eyes of the young people who … More “A Million Aunties”: My Review of a Novel by Alecia McKenzie