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November 10, 2020

Today, I would like to share with you a strategy for releasing stress to the clouds. As I look around in my library, I see books which I have never read, some well – used, and many about which I have long forgotten. There are also paintings, photographs, certificates, awards and dust -gathering souvenirs. I…

November 7, 2020

Jamaica is sometimes branded by its Bob Marley song- Don’t worry about a thing,  ‘cause every lickle ting is gonna be alright. Some  find comfort in this approach but many sceptics will question the very foundation of this advice. I also have a Jamaican souvenir which asserts that there are only two things to worry…

November 7, 2020

It was at its best as it flowered in March that year – two lovely, long white orchid blooms; one shoot died back and then another,  leaving one lonely leaf and a ball of dried up roots. In June, it seemed that death was nearing. But after the rains  in August, I had to exclaim: …

September 12, 2020

From a child, I have always loved nature – its flora, fauna, landscapes, sounds, seasons, colours, textures, wildlife, gardens and animals. Gradually, the pleasure derived from viewing and imbibing natural scenes has intensified with age. I have always been moved by the beauty of words in songs, poetry and prose. Along the journey, I have…

three historic books by Vivienne Roberts
September 12, 2020

Triads, Trios, triplets, trinity – I am not sure why I find threes so intriguing.  For instance, I could not help noticing and being thrilled by this cluster of  three beautiful orchids,  this stand with three different species of bromeliads and this ackee pod right now with three fused segments.  I love flowers, perhaps as…

September 9, 2020

FOREWORD Professor Vivienne Roberts of the University of the West Indies Open Campus is a scholar of great repute. She is known for being meticulous and of holding to high standards. As a colleague, I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to write the Foreword for her latest book celebrating the eightieth anniversary…