Cyril Everard Palmer, 1930* – 2013

The first book that I read by Cyril Everard Palmer (popularly known as C. Everard Palmer) was A Cow Called Boy. It was fascinating to me, from the front cover until the last page. What’s not to like: Josh’s farm pet follows him to school, disrupts school, is sold, and then Josh and his friends … Continue reading

Celebrate Jamaica: Each One Teach One, Jamaica at DC’s Flower Mart

Last Friday and Saturday, Flower Mart 2012 hosted over 130 vendors at its annual event…along with special performances and displays showcasing Jamaica.  I attended the event on Saturday.  As I walked onto the Cathedral grounds I heard Reggae music from speakers, entertaining those who had sought shelter from drizzling rain.  Flower Mart was held at … Continue reading

Celebrate Jamaica: Deika Morrison and Crayons Count

A chance conversation that Deika Morrison was involved in led to the realization that too many young children in Jamaica have little or no access to the learning materials needed for their development. Pushed by the need to do something, Deika drew on the experiences she had working on the Guinness World Record-setting book donation … Continue reading

Celebrate Jamaica: The Alpha Boys’ School

Growing up I didn’t know much about The Alpha Boys’ School.  I do remember Grandma making mention of it once as a music video by Leroy Smart played on the television.  She mentioned that he went to the school and that the school was known both for its music training and for the success its … Continue reading

Celebrate Jamaica: A Chat with The Juicy Chef, Jacqui Sinclair

The Juicy Chef - Photo from Jacqui Sinclair's Facebook Page

I got the Skype alert that “Juicy Chef” was calling the instant I was about to click the “Call” button on my end.  I answered and onto my screen popped a smiling face that was soon accompanied by a British accented voice that was cheerful even though I know she’d had a long day and … Continue reading

Celebrate Jamaica: Diane Browne, Kellie Magnus, and Sean Paul

In The Happiness Dress Jamaican children’s author Diane Browne tells the story of a special present for Carolyne from Aunt Inez.  The Happiness Dress is delightful, fun, and vivid.  I easily imagined Carolyne wearing her pretty dress and…nope! Go read the story!  For her work, Ms. Brown earned the 2011 Commonwealth Foundation Special Prize in the “Story for Children” category (scroll … Continue reading

Celebrate Jamaica: Collaboration

Today my friend @DJAutograph chose the Throwback Thursday tune on Large Up, one of his favourites “Anything For You (All Star Remix) — The audio is a bit low but that’s the best quality video.  DJ Autograph wrote I started DJing in 1994, a year after Snow’s hit “Informer” topped the Billboard charts in the … Continue reading