“…Give us vision lest we perish…”

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I’ve been wondering a lot lately what the leaders of Jamaica see for Jamaica’s future.  I understand about the country managing its debt, about the country taking advantage of the expansion of the Panama Canal, about getting crime under control.  But that’s all basic stuff, yes? Those are checklist items in basic governance.  I’d think … Continue reading

Bottleneck in My Brain…The Soundtrack

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I feel caught in a whirlwind of news and I can’t clear my head.  There is so much to think and write about…yet, since this weekend, I’ve been unable to put words onto paper in a way that makes sense.  That is, words about the things I’d really planned to post about and have notes … Continue reading

The Value of the Vybz Kartel Trial – Part II

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Why don’t we tell our stories? I’m not talking about media coverage now. I’m talking about bringing the lives, trials, experiences, and history of Jamaicans and Jamaica to the screen, stage, paper, and canvas.  For some reason something seems to be stifling our voices.  Is it lack of money, lack of talent, or lack of … Continue reading

Tanya Hamilton’s “Good Country People”

Blossom, from Good Country People y Tanya Hamilton

Last week I attended a showing of three short films directed by women: Good Country People, Not Another Word (funny and not at all unique to the Jordanian experience it depicts), and Half of Her (about the traditions we carry with us when we leave “home”…it’s really hard to watch and it may surprise you … Continue reading

Yes, I Am Angry and Frustrated. And I Will Yell.

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I had a moment on Twitter this morning as I began to see tweets from the first day of a symposium about the proposed done deal CHEC Logistics Hub (notice the stealthy name change for the project?) in the environmentally protected Portland Bight area of Jamaica. Did I mention that the cost of attendance for … Continue reading

The Value of the Vybz Kartel Trial – Part I

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There is so much rich detail in the charges that were brought against Mr. Palmer.  So many moving parts: the victims (Who were they?), the defendants (Who are they? How are they connected to each other or to the victims?), the court dates, judges.  I am grateful for the page on The Jamaica Gleaner that lists … Continue reading

I Dare You To Care…After the Show

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The 2014 Shaggy and Friends show is concluded. The Twitter campaign has wound down. Money has been raised, awareness has been sharpened, and a large audience saw, by most accounts, a good show. Now what? Well, the next logical thing step that there should be a full report on the amount of money raised for … Continue reading

Prime Minster Portia Simpson-Miller at European Development Days 2013

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As has become the norm, there are lots of questions about Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller’s travel itinerary.  The questioning and criticism have been growing for months as Prime Minister Simpson-Miller seems increasingly absent from national life, appearing only intermittently in Parliament or on TV or at Jamaica House press briefings; many feel that as … Continue reading

Guest Post | A Story About Onions

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Last Friday a friend of mine, Sasha, called me.  She was so excited about a conversation she had with a young man about a farming project in Jamaica. Now this may seem strange to you but Sasha is working toward returning to Jamaica to farm. As simple as that.  She is a woman of the … Continue reading

“Soft Sustainability” and Jamaica – A Twitter Conversation with Minister Damion Crawford

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Earlier this evening I saw the following tweets from Government Of Jamaica State Minister Damion Crawford As it turns out we ended up in a long-ish Twitter conversation about his statements, which I have captured here.  (I can’t figure out how to embed it into the post but if I do I’ll update the post.) … Continue reading

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