What Does Jamiacan Diana McCauly, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain have in Common?

Quick!! Which books shaped your moral sensitivities in high school? Sure the Bible of course, but were there other authors whose work fired your imagination and caused you to read by flashlight or a lamp, when everyone else was asleep? Charles Dickens and Mark Twain, were two authors who took me on the journey of […]
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On the 11th. day of Christmas, a Jamaican gave to me…

Have you selected a core value to promote in 2011? Take a look at listening as the core value for yourself, your family, your company or anyone of your associations. Being a good listener is one of the most important skills you can master if you want to advance your career and build meaningful relationships. […]
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On the 7th. day of Christmas, a Jamaican gives to you – the heart of Listening

“History repeats itself because no one listened the first time.”  I read this quotation and wondered if  there’s a part of Jamaica’s history that keeps repeating itself. . Jamaica has branded itself as a country of athletic and cultural excellence, however, there is a vexing side of our culture that seems to have a choke hold […]
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Remembering the Legacy of Miss Lou et al

September 7 would have been the 90th. birthday of Miss Lou. Dr. the Hon. Louise Simone Bennett Coverley  She was a thought leader that use her gifts of words and presence to influence the Jamaican culture to embrace its preciousness.  In honor of her, we share one of her works. Dutty Tough – Louise Bennett […]
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Comfort in Our Season of Grieving

Over the past week, we have been lashed with  several emotional  hurricanes. The slaughter of freedom fighters in Iran as symbolized by Neda, the horrific train tragedy in DC and the passing of  several celebrity icons have ripped our hearts with a varying category of ferocity dependent on our personal affinity. . Why? Why ? […]
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Big Up the Jamaican Dad

  At a recent after dinner stroll,  I could not help but notice several men engaged with their kids in ordinary, but meaningful manner.  First, I noticed a pile of three parked bikes, followed by a bouncing ball.  Yes, this dad was teaching his three daughters soccer.   The kids ranged from 3 to 9, and […]
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Dealing with death in Diasporia

On last Saturday, even the New York skies rained  tears as we said good bye to my dear Uncle C. Uncle Cyril expired early on St Patty’s day in the hospital after surgery.  Death is like an earthquake, an emotional earthquake that jolts us from our normal daily routines as we unite in our grieving, and sort […]
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Is this Depressing News or are We just Maturing?

If there is a phrase that resonates throughout the world regarding the state of Jamaica’s happiness, the above statement would indicate our world class position. Well, so I thought! We own the area code of bliss!  Really? When I saw the headline of the survey, The World’s Happiest Countries, I just figured we would be getting […]
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Going Home from Diaspora?

A feature story in Business week featured a mass migration of Indians and Chinese back to their native land. H1B visas issues, frayed family ties, along with career opportunities are major contributors. Click for story I could not help but think about Tom Friedman’s book, ‘The World is Flat”, where technologies, and mega trends have […]
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