Grandma the Healer: Pain

My Grandmother was a  Maroon born in Trelawney Jamaica who  later settled in the parish of St. Thomas where she raised 4 children with her husband. Over the years she would  become a local healer, diviner, and washerwoman whom people affectionately called “Mother Marks”.  Neighbors would visit her in the hopes of curing weakened limbs, rashes, and sick spirits; they were rarely disappointed.


Centruroides gracilis, a species of scorpion found in Jamaica(The Scorpion Files)

Grandma’s remedy for pain was a tincture created by soaking scorpions in Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum. The venom extracted  from the scorpion would act as a numbing agent which would bring relief to her arthritic joints after it was rubbed on. Although it seems an unusual cure, my friend Lamar who lives in Jamaica says “Yea, dem still use it. De real country Granny  yuh find with dat.”


In Patricia-Kaye Aaron’s commentary  Belief Kill and Belief Cure she recalls some of the Jamaican home remedies she’s heard , ” Soak a scorpion in white rum and use the mixture to cure menstrual cramps ( I’m not sure if you’re supposed to drink it or sop it )”.


In Madagascar: The Eighth Continent: Life, Death and Discovery in a Lost World by Peter Tyson 2011, “He’d been bitten by a fat tailed scorpion; in rare cases, people have died from the sting of a thin tailed variety. The Malagasy in camp told him there were three things he could do to staunch the pain. He could put the scorpion in alcohol, then apply the brew of dissolved scorpion juices to the wound. He could mix the local Malagasy rum with local tobacco and rub that in, or he could take his live scorpion, boil it for 20 minutes , and guzzle the juice.  Dean settled for a beer. ”

To each his own.





PicsArt and Tings

Hoping your day went well and  nothing fell apart. Just a few thoughts to share with my virtual friends.

PicsArt is a nice app to use if you like to play with images or are creative. Here are some of the images I created below. It’s been a while since I’ve used the App but I see they’ve added more features which I’m excited to try out. I have an android phone and downloaded the app in  Play Store.10353092_10152794415103753_1662058211331222218_n





On another note,  I’m teaching myself 3D animation and I couldn’t be more excited. I might get an associate degree in 3d animation starting January 2017.However, I’m definitely leaning away from this option since  this is a personal project opposed to a career choice. It will be nice to manifest some of my thoughts into images.  In the meantime, I’m having fun teaching myself to draw and will be downloading a free trial of the animation software Maya. Also, I’m  becoming familiar with graphic design.


I read a book called “Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang”.  Bang uses the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” to illustrate how shapes and colors elicit emotions. She utilizes a few shapes and a handful of colors to get her point across. It’s a simple read. I believe it would be a really useful tool to use for school age children, not only  explaining  how pictures work,  but how people work. In simple terms it can be used to explain why we might be more attracted to some people and not to others(a round face appears more welcoming and kinder meanwhile a sharp nose seems unkind and menacing)and explore the causes of racism. It’s a book that can help children,  or people, to be more mindful of their thought process in regards to judging others. It can also help them  think critically about  the emotional responses they get when interacting with peers .

Thank you for reading. happy dance



Summer of Peace

The Summer of Peace Summit 2016  includes the Everyday Peace Summit, Global Compassion Summit, Countering Violent Extremism Summit, and  11 Days of Global Unity. The webcasts appear one hour before the session start time and the recorded session is available within 24 hours of the end of the session.

Register for free here .

Happy Summer!