With my last post for 2013 I thought I would share with you a simple truth of life. It’s not anything you have not heard before but it is something that we always take for granted and that is our comfort zone. 

We all have a comfort zone. Its our feel good zone, like eating the ice cream or chocolate bar. We are human so it is natural to have this place of safety where we can huddle . But staying there every day gets you no-where. Its like the man in a prison, a 4×4 cell around him every day, he paces, he gets up, he does push ups, he squats but technically he has not moved an inch out of those walls. His comfort zone, although imposed physically traps him for breathing, from growing.

So my message to you today is don’t get comfortable in your comfort zone. Its social suicide. it’s also mental slavery as you become a slave to the same routine accomplishing nothing. If you plant a seed it immediately gets out of the comfort zone you placed it in and grows. You must do the same. Staying in your zone only guarantees one thing, safety. But life is not about playing the game in the safety zone. It’s about throwing the ball to the end zone and running briskly to the finish to score a touchdown. Now that is where the magic becomes a reality.

2013 has come and gone. Turn your page and start a new chapter. Have the best 2014 ever. One love to you all.





If you have an hour to spare watch this documentary. Knowledge is power. In my continuing quest to seek why is cannabis ( weed) illegal  this documentary explains it all in details. The so called ‘war on drugs’ and the criminalization of cannabis is the biggest lie and conspiracy ever created by man. It is an attempt by a few to marginalize a crop purely on the basis of racism and monetary greed . By building a machinery of propaganda you control the people and make them believe what you want them to believe. Man cannot legislate morals. Neither can he fight mother nature. I am not advocating a revolution. All I am asking for is to use common sense on this so called war.When we spend 4 out of every 5 dollars fighting the growth of one plant, you know something is wrong, someone is trying to hide something. How can we fight and kill nature and at the same time build and create synthetic drugs to counter it. Stupidity must have some limits.   I await your feedback.


In the continuing series The 7 wonders of Jamaica here is Wonder # 2- Cannabis.

Cannabis. Everybody just pause for a minute. Let’s just stop and take a deep breath.

Growing up I remembered clearly being taught that this plant was a ‘bad’ plant ; that you can get thrown in jail so don’t smoke it, don’t be seen with it and if your friends have it leave them by. My Mom told me this. I was also told it would ‘turn you mad’, Jamaican patois meaning that the plant had side effects that would diagnose you as insane by the authorities. Some of the people I knew seemed to verify that as through their constant smoking their eyes would change color, they no longer looked ‘groomed’ and they were in a state of mental euphoria.  I remember seeing every day on TV the arrest made by the authorities and it reinforced what my Mom told me. And so I believed and I conformed. Never smoked it, always hating those that had it. But time has a way of teaching you things in life that you take for granted. I kept asking myself ‘why is this plant illegal?”. Everyone I asked did not give me a definitive answer? So I decided to do my research and this is what I found.


1. WHAT’S IN A NAME: This plant has more names than any other plant I know – Cannabis, pot, marijuana, weed, herb, bush, sinsemilla , cali weed, mary jane, hemp, grass, ganja, skunk (because it can smell like skunk spray),  hashish and many more. Not to mention that each “strain” of cannabis is given its own name, some of which are quite interesting.There are hundreds of other names for the plant and its derivatives. So with so many names in so many countries meaning so many things to so many people why is it so bad ?

2. IT PRODUCES HEMPCannabis – the scientific name has long been used for fibre (hemp), for seed and seed oils, for Industrial hemp products are made from Cannabis plants . Various extracts including hashish and hash oil are also produced from the plant. So if this plant has so many derivatives including hemp, a known product of immense use, why is this plant illegal?

3. MEDICINAL USECannabis has tested and proven medicinal values that ails a lot of the diseases that we are fighting now from glaucoma to cancer. Just recently Dr. Sanja Gupta , a chief medical correspondent for CNN reversed his opinion on Cannabis –   Hmmm. Ok so if this plant has medicinal purposes, tested or otherwise, then why is it bad, why is it illegal?


4. NO GROUNDS FOR ILLEGALITY: When you look at the historical timeline you will see that it was during the turbulent years of “Prohibition” , in the 1930’s that Cannabis  was outlawed. The legislations passed were all cock-eyed to please the various interest groups to make sure that their pockets were well-greased. Legislation was passed without he knowledge of the people at the time and what was fed to them they believed. Remember the old adage feed them what you want them to believe, and they will believe.  Cannabis was  declared a ‘drug’ and a narcotic that only the lowest of the lowest , the Mexicans and Indians at the time,  used. It was said it  gave these people the false pretense  that they were ‘equal’ to the dominant class at the time. The drug also caused them to rape white women. It must  be banned. In modern society the arguments presented in the 1930’s about Cannabis would be seen as racist, dumbfounded, has no legal or factual basis and full of self-interest and nepotism all grounds for an over turn.

5. IT IS NOT A DRUG: The anti-narcotics law written to  regulate narcotics–opium and its derivatives, such as heroin, cocaine  and morphine had nothing to do with Cannabis. Cannabis has not been proven to date that the side effects are devastating to an individual any more so alcohol , tobacco and all the other designer prescribed drugs that are legal.   If Cannabis makes you crazy, high and delusional then so too does alcohol, aspirin, Benadryl, coffee, and the list goes on and you can easily get these over the counter.  Tobacco, the great hope to millions, causes more deaths per year and it is fashionable to say the least. The contradictions don’t add up. Why aren’t these drugs illegal ?


6. RASTA DID NOT ORIGINATE GANJA: The Jamaican connection with Cannabis , commonly refereed to as Ganja , started from the 1800 brought here by the indentured laborers  as slavery coming to an end. These East Indians introduced Cannabis to the Jamaican populace and they used it for medicinal and recreational use. It was like smoking the hashish. Contrary to public belief the  Rastafarians did not originate Ganja in Jamaica. They , like the Indians and other herbalist then , used it and smoked it for the same reason everyone did at the time which was  the natural ‘high’ and medicinal purposes derived from the properties of the plant. Rastafarians considered Ganja the “wisdom weed” as its use helps one to gain wisdom. Rastafarians also use it as a part of a religious rite and as a means of getting closer to their inner spiritual self. They also equate it to being grown on the grave of King Solomon, but that is another story.

Bob Marley one of the most popular icon of the Rasta religion.

Bob Marley one of the most popular icon of the Rasta religion.

7. ILLEGAL IN JAMAICA: This is where you have to stop and ask why?  By virtue of being the Caribbean largest  producer of ganja , Jamaica was pressured to conform to ‘international standards’ and declare its use illegal. Why you might ask? Because the USA said so. My summation is that so much money was riding on the other combatting industries there was no way the US was going to defeat its own self-interest and allow a small minion like Jamaica disrupt its monetary base. So Jamaica declared it illegal on those grounds only, not by its own research or findings. The result of this immature action – the clogging up of the courts and jails with frivolous arrests and declaring Ganja a luxury product ,putting value , cause and effect on Cannabis. Hence the volatile drug trade.
...”Jamaica has signed three international treaties that make possession of marijuana a criminal offense, including the 1988 U.N. Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. Hylton the DPP of Jamaica,  did not outline possible penalties for violating the treaties but said decriminalizing marijuana could put Jamaica at risk of losing its annual antidrug certification from the United States. Countries that lose U.S. certification can face economic sanctions.  The U.S. government, which gives Jamaica up to $2 million in annual aid, has consistently opposed the island’s efforts to loosen its drug laws…” (From
8. THE DRUG TRADE: The Drug Trade was conceived , created, fostered and nourished by the same people who declared Cannabis illegal – the USA. The US consumption of Cannabis is at an all time high, the market exist  for the sale and distribution of the plant. Mexico and other  countries are the largest producers , with Jamaica used as a middle man in most cases. In recent times Jamaican middle men took the risk of going it alone , often to the demise of their product and their organization. Hence the vicious war and related crime and violence . Cannabis  is not the cause of war. Man is. Man is fighting with  himself. On one hand is Cannabis, on the other is oil, the only difference oil is restricted to a few countries so the war is ‘manageable”. Cannabis on the other hand is everywhere  in people’s homes, bedrooms , backyards and cellars. How are you going to fight a war where the enemy is all around you?
9. THE SECRET IS OUT: With the help of the social media, the secret is finally out and the people are no longer fooled as in the 1930s. Hence so many states and countries have made Cannabis legal for personal and medicinal use .
The battle is big and the system created by the US will untie itself but in time,  Cannabis will take its rightful place in society as a legal entity.  As for Jamaica , a forward thinking government would investigate , plan and manage the use of Ganja to help the country economically. A forward thinking government would decriminalize the personal use of Ganja saving its tax payers millions of dollars. The very country that forced everyone to sign the international treaty is the very one , little by little, legalizing the use of Cannabis. So why is Jamaica still worried and scared of the big bad wolf?
Jamaica is sitting on a wealth too vast to measure. When we don’t think for ourselves but for others we miss opportunities that others will take away. If Jamaica continues to govern not for its people and its own economic and social path but for the values of others , then we will continue  in economic constipation and its citizens the by-product of this harsh reality.
Status of Marijuana in the USA

Status of Marijuana in the USA

Countries where Cannabis is Legal/decriminalized: North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Portugal , USA at 14 State levels, Canada ,Uruguay AND COUNTING. 

Quote for today..Fitting Out

I think fitting in is highly overrated. I’d rather just fit out… Fitting out means being who you are, even when people insist that you have to change. Fitting out means taking up space, not apologizing for yourself, and not agreeing with those who seek to label you with stereotypes.”

— Golda Poretsky

The unusual eyes of Africa

Vanessa Bristow photo Boy with Sapphire eyes

I came across this unusual picture of this little boy from Africa with the most amazing eyes. When  I saw it I said to myself that this is a nice photograph but how unusual . I continued to read the article and I understood how people would associate the photograph with photo editing. The photographer explained in her own terms that it is not photoshopped.  Here are her comments:

To all of you DOUBTING THOMAS’S out there who distrust the originality of this photograph: It is NOT Photoshopped. I was in the local communal lands looking for my lost Dalmatian dog, and I stopped to ask his mother if she had seen it. While I was talking to her, her son, who was playing with his siblings and friends nearby, caught my eye. I asked her if I could photograph him, and this is the first picture that I took of him – it was possibly his first interaction up close with a white person, and his fascination in me, or in the camera, is plainly evident. I took a few photos of him at the time, and a few more later on a follow-up. An ophthalmologist friend had this to say about his unusual eyes:

“The picture of the little boy with the blue eyes and dark skin probably represents Ocular Albinism or Nettleship-Falls albinism, or Juvenile uveitis. Both conditions cause the pigment of the iris to be less dense.”

Ms Brislow took another photo of this little boy and you can see where he was a little more relaxed and the resulting shot is evident of his new-found love of the camera.

Vanessa Brislow photo of the little boy in Africa

So I went to work to find out more of this unusual phenomenon as just today I ran across another photo of these beautiful eyes . Not sure who to credit for the work but  here  is the picture.

From Facebook

The word “albinism” refers to a group of inherited conditions. People with albinism have little or no pigment in their eyes, skin, or hair. They have inherited altered genes that do not make the usual amounts of a pigment called melanin. One person in 17,000 in the U.S.A. has some type of albinism. Albinism affects people from all races. Most children with albinism are born to parents who have normal hair and eye color for their ethnic backgrounds. Sometimes people do not recognize that they have albinism. A common myth is that people with albinism have red eyes. In fact there are different types of albinism and the amount of pigment in the eyes varies. Although some individuals with albinism have reddish or violet eyes, most have blue eyes. Some have hazel or brown eyes. However, all forms of albinism are associated with vision problems. Read more at the website:

This medical condition is real and it is reported to affect 1 in 60, 000 male born per year even lesser females. If you do the math there are a few people in the world with that condition. Whilst we are fascinated with the beautiful colors of the person’s eyes the fact is those that have it are going through living hell by people’s misconception. Like everything in the world those that are different are ridiculed from birth, sometimes ostracized by family members and friends and they come to accept a world that is harsh to their realties.  Let us hope this little boy gets to live a normal life or as close to normal  can be. For us that are now educated on the matter  spread the word  and educate one person at a time. More reading at the website below.

The Best Committee- the committee of Sleep

I get inspirational quotes daily and the one I received today was this. “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”– John Steinbeck

When I read the quote I smiled and said to myself ..opps my secret has come out . I have the same committee and they are the best committee that I have ever worked with. In general I hate committees. It’s a bunch of people who gives an excuse for working on a project and really the only person that works is the one with the idea . Committees are a waste of time especially if consisted of a lot of ‘talkers’ and not ‘doers’.

So I tackle my problems alone and especially when they are entertainment related I look at all the problems that will come up for the event and just let it flow. This usually happens when you have special events and you check the history of the  events and you need to plan a similar event for the current year. My rule of thumb is never to repeat myself so I always put myself under due stress of coming up with new ideas to an event that I did just 12 months earlier. But I want  something new-like a transfusion of new blood to give the event new life , after all its a new year. So I call my committee for a meeting and go to sleep.  I keep thinking about it but I turn it over to my committee of sleep to take care of the details. And wouldn’t you know it the next day the problems just seem to automatically disappear and I start to flow.

My committee has never disappointed me as it always delivers. Somehow the committee tackles all the problems and delivers a step by step analysis of how to tackle these circumstances. That is my secret to the many events that I have planned that others wonder how did I come up with that idea. Its simple – my secret is my committee, the committee of sleep. The only committee that does what it says and get the job done.

How about you. Do you have a similar committee? Would love to hear your opinion.