East Portland: A Picture of Long, Slow Decay With a Few Glimmers of Hope


I am very fond of the eastern parish of Portland. It is always described as “lush and green,” and so it is. It has the lowest crime rate on the island; it is quiet, sleepy almost. It has some lovely beaches (although most of them you have to pay for) and the environment is relatively … More East Portland: A Picture of Long, Slow Decay With a Few Glimmers of Hope

Jamaica is #9 in World Press Freedom, But There Are Flies in the Theater: Monday, May 4, 2015


It’s a new month. The bars and restaurants of Kingston were packed Saturday night with people watching the “big fight.” Certainly a good night for business, although many Jamaicans were unhappy with the outcome! Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day and I have seen scarcely anything about it in our local media; except a mention in … More Jamaica is #9 in World Press Freedom, But There Are Flies in the Theater: Monday, May 4, 2015

The Mic Grab, A Beach Victory and Trafigura Resurrected: Sunday, November 30, 2014


I am trying to stick to the same days of the week to post my news updates. It’s not working too well, so much is intervening. It’s a busy time of year, you know. However, you can expect two posts per week, no matter what. The past week has been rather intense, in terms of … More The Mic Grab, A Beach Victory and Trafigura Resurrected: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday Day Dream


There is something about sitting on a beach that puts you into a day dream. After a while, things get a little hazy, and you realize you have been staring at the same rock for at least ten minutes. It must be the hypnotic sound of the waves, the continuous, unhesitating wash of them. Someone … More Saturday Day Dream