• From Mandatory Quarantine to Self-Isolation

    My wife and I, each year, normally take a long vacation to the Southern Hemisphere during its summer months. However, this year we thought we would change and visit southern Europe, specifically Italy and Portugal, going through and spending some time in the United Kingdom. The planning started in...
  • Mi good- good tun up: The pride of motherhood, with a twist

    Mothers love and are proud of their children. This is true for the most part; since we have certainly heard of mothers who treat their children in ways that would tell us that they couldn’t really and truly love and care for their offspring. However, many women who live...
  • Being Quarantined is no Fun

    As a joke, on the 21st February 2020 I put a post on my Facebook page asking if anyone wanted a free cruise. I was absolutely shocked by the number of people who replied ‘yes’, considering that the horror stories about people being quarantined on cruises ships and ports...
  • IT MAKES ME SICK!

    Once again Jamaicans must listen to regular bleating from MPs about their “low” salaries. Robert “Chicken Feed” Pickersgill called it chicken feed. Yet so many politicians contest run-offs in order to claim the prize of being their party’s candidate for most constituencies. Why do they struggle so hard to...
  • The Making Of A “Shotter?”

    When you live through something, it either leaves you angry at the people and the experience, or it makes you want to delve a little deeper into the whys and ‘hows’ of it, so you can, at the very least, try to understand it for yourself and your own...
  • Jamaican Water Woes

    Second to the violence, pollution is, to me, the worst part about living in Jamaica. The air pollution and the physical garbage, or more specifically plastic, is uncomfortable.  As someone coming from Canada where not littering and environmental awareness are instilled as a social value from a very young...
  • The Coronavirus: To Be Forewarned Should Be An Advantage

    Science fiction only remains fiction until science proves the facts in an irrefutable way. Over the centuries several religious beliefs; planetary data; the universe; the flat Earth; gravity; and many other scientific facts were reasons for charges of heresy and witchcraft. Many people lost their lives to capital punishment,...
  • Public Opinion, The Baptists And The National Movement

    A quiet but not too distant presence in the sinews of Public Opinion was the Jamaican Baptist church. It was the Baptists who led the way to emancipation. It was the Baptists who created the Free Villages for the unenslaved people. It was the Baptists who were leaders in...
  • The REAL Ghetto Story?

    Having grown up in August Town, in a place called Angola; ‘Gola’ for short, with adjoining areas of the community called “Jungle twelve,” and “Vietnam,” depicting war zones and perpetual fear, I saw both children and adults seemingly experiencing PSTD and being traumatized and re-traumatized, often on a daily...