The book (or rather books, as it was a series of eight!) was a childhood favorite of mine that turned into a very successful musical. Coincidentally, I watched the 1964 film quite recently, just for a bit of nostalgia. Dick Van Dyke’s attempt at a Cockney accent still delights! Now it is the 2020 production … More “Mary Poppins”: Grab Your Umbrella and Support Jamaica Environment Trust!
It’s not often that I can be found sipping coffee in the company of a large group of young volunteers and their partners and sponsors on a Sunday morning. But so it was today, in a cool tent at the lovely Terra Nova Hotel in the heart of steamy, warm Kingston. The Positive Organisation (Youths … More Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change
Smile Jamaica is a song by Bob Marley, which I really like. “Smile” is the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge. The song is rather low-key. It sounds like a conversation between Bob (who is “feeling out, feeling down”) and someone who is telling him to smile, because he is in Jamaica: Soulful town, soulful people: … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile Jamaica
“Yours in Optimism…” As you are pondering over the title of this post, this might give you a clue. Yes – ROCK stands for the Royal Optimist Club of Kingston. Established on September 29, 2011, it has grown out of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Optimist Club. At 28 members, all young … More ROCK Is Rocking…Or Bouncing, With Optimism
Advocacy is not something that one necessarily makes a conscious decision to go into. For me, it was a natural thing to do since I was a young woman – although I never thought of myself as an “advocate.” However, every chance I got I found myself talking about the evils of the apartheid system … More Young Jamaicans: Time to Learn About the Power of Advocacy!
Originally posted on Kingston too:
Once upon a time not so long ago, I worked with drug users, coked out prostitutes that many pass on the streets, dirty, shabby, some HIV Positive and looking worthless. Not only did I work with them, I listened to them, shared my lunch and dinner with them, hugged them,…
Things have been rather overwhelming lately – which is why I have skipped a week. Perhaps it is the weather. Our yard is burning up before our eyes, with even the bravest of plants flinching in the heat. Some places have had rain, but we’re in Kingston’s rain shadow. We just watch the rain clouds … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 29/30, 2017
It has to be said, and I have to put it on record: PRIDE 2016 was a tremendous success in Jamaica. Last week’s series of events was “incident free” (as the media would say). There was no harassment; no stone-throwing crowds appeared on the horizon. No bad behavior, just pure fun, with a bit of serious … More The Importance of PRIDE Jamaica 2016
” I was always afraid of blood.” Mr. C.N. Powell leans back in his seat a little, and chuckles. I am sitting at a table with him in the headquarters of St. John Jamaica on Camp Road, while CEO Alison Christie Binger works quietly at her desk on the other side of the room. The … More St. John Jamaica’s C.N. Powell: Sixty Years of Service, Teaching – and Saving Lives
The 51% Coalition has been busy. With funding from UN Women and with the partnership of Fi Wi Jamaica, the Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers and others, the Coalition has traveled to several corners of the island for discussions with women on their issues, their concerns – and solutions. Each session also included presentations on human rights and … More #RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road