President/CEO – Whyte-Hall Communications Network
Spanish Town is the capital and the largest city in the parish of St. Catherine in the county of Middlesex, Jamaica. It was the former Spanish and English capital of Jamaica from the 16th to the 19th century. The city is home to many memorials, the national archives, a small population, and one of the oldest Anglican churches outside of England (the others are in Virginia, Maryland and Bermuda).
What are your earliest memories of Spanish Town?
After school, I’d often go into the market where I’d purchase a dozen ripe bananas and ate them all before I leave for home. Fishing was one of my biggest past-time in whilst growing up in Old Capital, the Spanish Town canal was one of my hangouts – fishing and swimming with my friends. Strange enough, Spanish Town was the first place I met Superintendent of Police, Ionie Ramsay when she was a young cop.
What do you miss when you’re not in Spanish Town?
I miss being home.
Who has been your inspiration?
Several people: Former Cuban President, Fidel Castro. Napoleon Hill, Lillian “Mother” Lewis (my adopted mother), Kahlil Gibran, and Norman Vincent Peale.
What are your favourite home comforts?
My books (I call them my forever friends)! Photography; and I also love to cook.
What would you do if you were mayor (of Spanish Town) for a day?
First, I’d declare Spanish Town a World Heritage Site, then I’d set about returning the town to its former Spanish glory… meaning cleaning up and sprucing up the place.
Share with us the title of the last book you read?
I just completed reading “The lead Generation Handbook” by Robert Bly. And I’m currently on my way through “Ten Greatest Salesperson (What They Say About Selling) by Robert L. Shook.
What’s your middle name?
And the last bit of music that stirred your soul?
“Solitary Man” by Neil Diamond
What was your last bit of retail therapy?
An Ace Mini London multimedia mobile phone in Haiti (July 6, 2010).
Which cologne are you now splashing?
What is your preferred beverage?
Passion fruit drink, followed closely by Lemonade!
What was your most memorable meal in Spanish Town?
Curried goat and roti in food court of the Life of Jamaica (LOJ) shopping Plaza.
What projects are you working on?
I have recently return from a Panos Caribbean Fellowship to Haiti, where I was trained in the art of Photovoice, or photonovella, which is a method of working with people in communities that are typically under-represented or excluded in our society. It is a way of documenting community strengths, and initiating dialogue about what is significant. Quite simply, it is a way of giving voice by using photography.
I am looking for opportunities where I’ll be able to pass on this skill set to anyone, or a group of individuals wanting to record and represent their everyday realities.
What upsets you?
Intolerance and suffering.
Name the last three places visited on holiday.
Belize, New Jersey, and Providenciales (Turks & Caicos Islands)
Share some of the places in your black book.
Lime Cay (the general area is great for line fishing), Hope Gardens, Tropical Palm Reserve (Negril), and Blue Mountain, and Devon House (when I need to indulge in my favourite ice cream – Devon Stout).
What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Spanish Town?
Take a visit to the local market… not just to buy anything, but to just observer the great exchange between buyers and buyers, and buyers and sellers.
What’s your philosophy?
Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood. (Kahlil Gibran).
What’s your favourite part of your neck of the woods? I’d love to read about what’s important to you, as it has been for me, as explained above.