Category: ordinarya

Excusing an Unfulfilled Promise

Excusing an Unfulfilled Promise

Dear Andrea, I’m recently divorced and share an 8-year-old daughter with my ex-husband who lives in a different country.  The problem is that even at a distance, he’s an unreliable parent.  For example, they...

“Dear Andrea”

“Dear Andrea”

This blog started life as a venue for my exploration of those tiny anointments of insight that provide some options for how we see ourselves and our world. It has now emerged as an...

The Age of Magic

The Age of Magic

Lamps with genies slumbering inside, beanstalks that tower into the heavens, mirrors that speak—all the stuff of fairytales, right? Well, not anymore. The last few decades have proven that the age of magic has...

“Somebody Who Loves Me”

“Somebody Who Loves Me”

  While growing up in Jamaica I was painfully sure that my life was not the real deal. My father’s ancient Austin Cambridge sputtering along Red Hills Road; my unruly hair that began escaping...

“What a Coincidence!”

“What a Coincidence!”

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a coincidence as “the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection.” Another definition that I find even more useful...

“Recalculating…”

“Recalculating…”

  Have you ever made a not-so-great choice that you can’t undo and that you realize is going to forever change the path your life takes? Maybe you ignored your parents’ desperate pleas (your...

“Nobody Canna Stop Laughing”:  Language, Cultural Anxiety and the Clifton Brown Commotion

“Nobody Canna Stop Laughing”: Language, Cultural Anxiety and the Clifton Brown Commotion

  Several weeks ago, parts of Jamaica experienced extensive flooding after days of heavy rains that rivaled the deluge which set Noah’s ark afloat some millennia past. Bridges, roads, homes and businesses were washed...

Tia Dalma’s Portrayal in Pirates of the Caribbean

Tia Dalma’s Portrayal in Pirates of the Caribbean

    Tia Dalma is featured in the second and third installments of the series, and she is shrouded in magic and mystery. She lives in the remote interior of a creepy swamp, her...

Pirates, Dreadlocks, and Captain Jack

Pirates, Dreadlocks, and Captain Jack

  Below is an excerpt from my paper that I will present tomorrow morning at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference in Curacao. My paper today is concerned with Hollywood’s representation of the Caribbean in...

A Question of Habit

A Question of Habit

This month the so called “burqa  ban” went into effect in France, the first European country to enact such a restriction. Women wearing burqas (or any other garment that veils their faces) are now...