Hello 2017!

What did 2017 find you doing? For me, I was writing in my journal. I needed to set the momentum for the rest of this year, especially since I had fallen into a writing slump towards the end of 2016. Thankfully, I’m out of it now, and raring to complete my novel. I have no…

The Jamaica Creative Writing Awards Ceremony

It is a truth universally known that a writer worth their salt writes for the love of the art. No doubt, it is a highlight in a writer’s life when others recognise and celebrate a product of that love. Any recognition is a bright spot along a lonely journey that is often plagued with self-doubt….

New Year, New Opportunities!

Happy New Year, one and all! Last year, I told you I was moving house from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. Now, I’m all settled in my new online home. What’s even better, the transition wasn’t anything like what I had feared. So, welcome, old friends to my new website. Hello to new ones that I’ll make…

International Literacy Day 2015: About That 16%

If you’re reading this post, you’re among the 84%―globally―who can read. Being in that majority is terrific, right? But what about the 16% who are unable to read and write? This year, we have over 7.3 billion global neighbours. It means that the 16% equates to―well, you do the math―staggering millions of adults worldwide who…

Light for Light: Electrify Africa

I feel blessed that my family has been able to grow what we eat, such as this avocado. The play of light on its skin and the leaves caught my eye while I hung laundry on the line. The sight of it reminded me that life on earth cannot exist without light. Plants wouldn’t be…

Jamaican Folklore: The Lizard’s Story

In Jamaica, old-time people say, “If a lizard jump on a woman, it mean she pregnant, or soon pregnant.” While one of these little fellas, like the one I snapped, have never jumped on me, one did run over my hand once. I guess that doesn’t count, ’cause I’ve never been preggers. Old-time people say,…