Home, Sweet Home

As I scrolled through the news this morning, waiting for something to trigger a response that might end up as a blog, I felt trapped in a time warp with everything that needed saying already said. The aftermath of the horror in Paris continued to unfold with a young woman blowing herself up and a […]
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One of the Good Guys

  In a world where politicians, actors and sports stars – and celebrities of every stripe – seem to get more obnoxious every day, it’s refreshing to read about someone like Usain Bolt. Not because he is such a phenomenal talent, not because he wins again and again, against all odds. But because he seems […]
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Bob Marley’s Jamaica

  No Jamaican historical figure is better known than Bob Marley. He put Jamaica on the map – at least Jamaica as the world sees it today. The Jamaica he created throbs with the rhythms of reggae and is clouded by the smoke from a thousand spliffs.  It is not the Jamaica I knew, but […]
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Jamaica “Unknown”

  I watched Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” Sunday night because CNN promised he would be showcasing Jamaica. But the hour-long show left me feeling the Jamaica they visited was, indeed, unknown. To me, anyway. Bourdain, swinging in a hammock at some still undeveloped beach on the North Shore, described the place as “Paradise.” To me, it looked rather boring […]
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Bravo Tessanne! You Make Our Jamaican Hearts Sing

At this time of year, it’s especially nice to have something to cheer about. And we Jamaicans have Tessanne Chin. Of course you know what I’m talking about.  If you’re not one of the nearly 10 million viewers blown away by Tessanne’s performance on NBC’s The Voice last night, you are surely one of the millions […]
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What Makes Someone an Entrepreneur?

In America, in the year 2013, the most urgent need is jobs. Ask anybody. Check out the polls. The same is true in Jamaica. And everywhere else I’ve ever lived or know anything about. But yesterday, chatting with a Chinese-Jamaican friend who was in Lakeland to record a deposition, it dawned on me that you […]
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People Google the Darndest Things: Worldview of Jamaican Culture

Once again, people’s interest in things Jamaican is ongoing, and provides us all with teachable moments upon which to expand our knowledge. Just a few days ago (according to my tracker stats), someone in Maryland, USA, found my blog by googling “worldview of Jamaican culture” most likely to learn more about this endlessly fascinating topic. […]
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A Patois Primer

For those who have asked: Jamaica’s language is English. As a former British colony, the Jamaican political and educational system culture, habits, worldview, and social norms are influenced by British culture. (I believe my aunt in Kingston still has her 4pm cup of tea every day) If you’ve visited Jamaica you might think otherwise, but […]
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