On life

I saw an interesting film called ‘Flatliners’ last weekend. In it, four medical students, curious about what happens after we die, choose to stop their hearts, then to be revived to tell of their experiences.

For Leonard

Unknown to most of us before the tragic events of last week, Leonard Archibald’s face is now etched in the memories of many, indeterminately.

Spare the rod

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations in 1989 and approved by the Government of Guyana in 1991.

Moving social cohesion beyond words

A woman of African descent wrote on social media this week, “Amerindians are animals and should go back to the bush.” The post resulted in people of all ethnicities condemning her and the condemnation in part saw her being subjected to racial slurs.

A praying nation

We often ask people, “How are you?” Though, in many cases, we don’t really care about the answer.

Legalise it

Most people who use marijuana in Guyana consume by smoking the herb. It is not only members of the Rastafarian community who engage in the practice, which is sacred to them, but people of every class, religion, ethnicity and gender.

Through the fire

As Emancipation approached this year, I found myself uninterested. It wasn’t because I had strayed from its significance or that my love and respect for the occasion had dwindled.

Man and the bottle

Like a play, we all have a beginning, a middle where we face various challenges and conflicts that we must resolve, and, of course, an end.

The voices from the grave

It seems like even the atheists were praying on Sunday night. Another tragedy had happened and, as is often the case, many sought divine intervention.

SHE is Eternal

Selfless, Heroic and Eternal is SHE. Creator, Mother, Queen, Motivator, Homemaker, Career Woman – SHE is everything under the sun.

Haitian experience

Every day Cubans are arriving in Guyana to engage in shopping. Asians have been coming for years setting up businesses all around the country.

Us, Together

By Kojo McPherson (Guest writer) Kojo McPherson is a multidisciplinary artist currently focused on filmmaking.

Hope

Hospitals are places where new life is welcomed, where healing is expected to take place and hope is restored.

Tolerance

Do most Guyanese have a problem with gay people? Or is it the sex that bothers them and more particularly the sex gay men engage in?

Blow

‘Blow,’ which is a Guyanese term for infidelity, has been trending in recent weeks.

Love the skin you’re in

Did they assume that I was in danger of losing my way? How could they not see that I am not a person with fabricated beliefs about myself?

A brilliant man, a part-time beggar and Mr. Sugar

“Life is hard.” “I have no idea what’s going on.” “I am hoping to get out of it.” “I applied for a house and I am waiting.” Those statements were uttered by three vagrants I had a conversation with earlier this week.

Somewhere in the muddle

A plot to assassinate the president? While there will always be those who disapprove of His Excellency, Brigadier (rtd) David Arthur Granger, such an allegation was disquieting.

A misstep

A meeting was planned to accommodate consultations on the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) on private education.

From town to de country

There are almost two hundred thousand people living in Georgetown. Yet, I am often asked by acquaintances about places to rent in the city.

Are we forgetting the ‘big truck’?

People dying from AIDS in the present time seems rare. There was a time when people would die, especially the young, and one would often hear, “De big truck knock she down” or “He had de truck.” ‘Big truck’ is a colloquial term for describing the disease.

We are in so much trouble

Earlier this week, we celebrated Phagwah. Phagwah is a Hindu festival of colours and celebrates good over evil and the beginning of Spring.

We are survivors

Skeletal remains were found in 1974 in Ethiopia from a female hominid of the Australopithecus afarensis species, who has been called Lucy and who is said to be one of our earliest potential ancestors.

Abuse is Abuse

This week a woman humiliated a popular Disc Jockey who goes by the name DJ Magnum.

Too much talk

Paid parking is now a reality in Georgetown. While some seem to have no issue with the new system, many are objecting.

Scroungers

The eyes of the desperate are often sad and pleading and if one stares into them long enough, empathy is evoked.

The security guards deserve better

Security guards are people who deserve the utmost respect. It is a profession that many of us would never venture into either because of the pay, the shifts or because our qualifications and/or interests lead us in a different direction.

Home

Sometimes the dreadfulness stemming from social issues and disappointments with the powers of the day seem to overshadow all the other things that are happening in our country.

Reflections and Hope

I do not usually make New Year’s resolutions. What I do throughout the year is make notes on what I want to accomplish both in the short and long term.

A season of drama

Since its return in 2011 the National Drama Festival has helped to develop and expose the talent of many young people.

Save a little

We are in a season where the cries of Guyanese at home and even some abroad have become constant.

Was independence enough?

Recently, Prince Harry of the British royal family visited our country. I have never really been interested in any monarchy, and in the case of Prince Harry, we are worlds apart.

What next?

The average Guyanese will probably not pry into every detail of the budget.

Trying times

After the Lusignan massacre occurred, I did not sleep well for weeks. With only Annandale separating Buxton and Lusignan, the tragedy was too close to home.

Not a festival of noise

Diwali is an opportunity for introspection–we must think about what we are doing for the betterment of our community and what part are we playing in the narrative of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

Coconuts and KFC

Last Sunday, I attended the Guyana Coconut Festival, which was organised by the Ministry of Business and held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.

The struggle for an honest living

She walks the streets pushing a trolley. The need for visibility—and with it, sales—propels her to leave the shelter where the vendors have been relocated.

A time for seniors

We all know the saying “getting old is a privilege.” Experience shows that it can be a privilege but it can also be terrifying.