Sit down. Breathe. Smile. Drink some wash. Belch. Laugh. Plan to stay awhile.

I suspect that you are one of many Jamaicans at home and abroad who are thirsty for deliberate, thoughtful, open-minded, non-partisan commentary, musings, rantings and visioning about everything connected to the place and to the idea of being Jamaican inna dis ya world an’ dis ya time. No problem. No topic, person, issue, idea or question is off-limits here — art, humour, politics of all sorts, writing, design, food — in fact, this blog aims to throw corn and call all fowl at the same time. Makes the nyamings more interesting, don’t it?

I want this space to promote ideas, ways of thinking and modes of expression that we cannot seem to find in the mainstream sources which provide – filter even – most of the information that we have. Bit by bit, the alternative realities that we have been creating in our individual corners can find each other, and eventually, bore a hole in the repressive anti-intellectual, anti-literate and unkind environment that is the Jamaican diaspora. At the very least, you’ll have something interesting to read and reflect on while that other revolution is making its way. (See also “Rules of Engagement“)

Yes, a girl can dream, but why not? It beats waiting for smaddy a’ fa’rin to give me the idea and the permission to do something with it.

So, come mek we draw long bench and lap shift (yes, even men can do that…); there’s much for us to reason, dream, invent, build, learn, understand, laugh about and do, if we want a better future, beginning now, today.

41 Responses to “Passing Through?”

  1. experienceaurie Says:

    You are so refreshing. Yuh betta preach my lady!! Gwan!!! Cho!!! Yuh dun know!

  2. Esteban Agosto Reid Says:

    A very interesting and intellectual site.Kudos! I will be visiting it more often.Wishing you the best.

  3. Jamaipanese Says:

    thank you for visiting and spending so much time on my blog, i enjoyed reading your comments. I am happy my blog could teach you about Japan.

    Keep up the good work on your blog!

    lets exchange blogroll links.

  4. bibomedia Says:


  5. yow, point taken on the self defense classes, looks like we gonna have to take matters into our own hands.
    SCJ member – Howie

  6. Annie Paul Says:

    hi Long Bench,

    can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find my way to your wonderful (i’ve struggled long and hard to find the right adjective and only use the absolutely inadequate ‘wonderful’ because i couldn’t find the word i wanted) blog. what a great idea! thanks!

    will put a link to Long Bench on my blog too.


  7. longbench Says:

    Thanks for visiting Annie! You’re making me blush! Come by again!

  8. Joseph Says:

    I love the concept of this site anfd i look forward to other postings when I return. I will be adding a link to this site from my blog. Cheers

  9. We thank you for your comments, longbench and invite you to lend some of your insights to the ART:Jamaica blog by contributing to the posts that we put. We will add your link to our blog.

    Thanks again for your comments and obvious support.

  10. Wayne Says:

    This is a refreshing and interesting, not to mention eclectic pot pourri of random jottings on public issues…yeah could say it different, but is awright still. Like the jamdown references too….

  11. longbench Says:

    Thanks Wayne! Glad you could stop by. Come again. Bring a friend. Next thing you know, we will have a row boat!

  12. Thanks much for your commments on my story that made letter of the day in today’s Gleaner. I agree with all that you say, just that soliciting money from individuals and companies here in Jamaica is very difficult, and requires a huge amount of time and effort. When I’m operating the business, writing grants, coordinating programmes etc, etc, just really hard to concentrate on the necessary public relations and fund raising at the same time! anyway I just got some new energenic and talented board members who will help me with the above, so watch out for more about us in the news! Thanks for taking the time to reply and for your valuable comments.

  13. longbench Says:

    Hi Ms. Abrahams: Thanks for your response! Glad to know you and RISE are turning a corner, so to speak. Its amazing how when board members actually do the work they signed on for, folks like yourself can begin to enjoy your work so much more. PR and fundraisers are often considered “extra” staff and are the last to be hired, but in fact, they are essential to any organization. Thanks for your good, necessary work!


    Long Bench

  14. eemanee Says:

    Hi Longbench

    love the blog! finding it a little difficult to navigate though!

  15. longbench Says:

    Hi eemanee — I’ve been giving more attention to content over form so sorry about the navigation problems. Does Garmin help in these circumstances? I bet not.

  16. eemanee Says:

    lol. just that it is not immediately obvious what your most recent posts are but keep up the good blogging all the same.

  17. Jamaican Dawta Says:

    And all this time I was wondering if you had a blog. Glad mi fin’ yu.

  18. Dorothy Kew Says:

    Hi Long Bench:

    Thanks for your lengthy comment on my blog, My Jamaican Family. YOur thoughts are noted and all I can say is, wait a bit, more to come! I haven’t really yet delved deeply into my family on the blog … as you can see I don’t update it very often. I am stumped to a certain extent by the paucity of records where my research has been concerned so have not been able to make a definitive link back to slavery, i.e. one that is documented. I will write more about this in posts to come.

    Thank you for passing through! Stay good!


  19. Sondre Says:

    Am Jacan living in Paris and doing some research for a thesis. I desperately need to get in touch with 5 Jacan primary school teachers with at least 5 years of teaching experience to have a chat on MSN about the use of Creole in their classes. Do you know anyone who fits the bill?
    I’d be very grateful for a link up. Thanks in advance

  20. kadene Says:

    I just love the poll options. Had me rolling on the floor for sure!

    seriously though, although things got ut of hand, I like what the Thais did to show their government their lack of appreciation of their performance. How come other nations seem to get their message across and we jus siddung so? Been to Thailand and understand how much they depend on tourim, but they aren’t afraid to show the authorities that if conditions are not right for the citizens, then it aint gonna be right for the tourists!

    What we do? We tiptoe and beg and plead with our governments while them “cut dem eye after wi.”

  21. xyoni Says:

    absolutely lovely! your writing animates the jamaican spirit with such vivid blackness, greeness, and goldness.. it’s every bit authentic jamaican soul! adding you to my rss reader.

  22. Jaquanda Rae Says:

    Very very refreshing blog. I’m not surprised you’re a woman….at first I was marvelling at the possibility of such a grammatically correct and engaging tone belonging to a man….that would be nice!

    I’ll mark this blog as a favourite and look out for more entries. Affi draw fi mi long bench chile!

  23. longbench Says:

    Jaquanda – Thanks for stopping by! You are not the first person to raise a question about whether writing styles have a gender. Funny enough, many people who come to this blog assumed that I am a man. I never corrected them; didn’t seem relevant and was slightly amusing. Do visit again, and let me know what you think!

  24. Walte Call Says:

    Thanx for superb article. But I had trouble navigating through your website because I kept getting 502 bad gateway error. Just thought to let you know.

  25. Claire Says:

    I just want to mention, with a sort of smile on my face a large large thank you for your wonderful post on my blog.

    I don’t check that baby, as much as I should, but these darn books and the sun of my home drag me outdoors all too often, to the point where these poor words in my head, are never quite typed down.

    I loved your comment, it had me thinking in a way that caused a comedic, scratch-your-head moment, thank you and i do hope you come again:)

    ❤ Claire Cartwright

    • longbench Says:

      You are most welcome! I do wish I spent at least as much time on my own blog as I do on others’ sites, but at least I get to write a few words, which will hopefully lead me back to this one!

  26. Aurie Says:

    Just seeing what you’re up to…it’s been quite some time. I have a new URL for experience aurie btw.

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  36. Blackvelvet81 Says:

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