Make it a good Christmas and spread the joy. The splashes of colour and the flashes of lights are the exclamation points for the happiest message in the history of the world ... . A Christmas well-spent transforms the water of an ordinary existence into the wine of a rich memory, mellowing with age.
The excerpt from Jean Lowrie-Chin's Souldance: Poems & Writings captures the spirit of this much-loved season and will be among the features to be shared by the author at two readings this month.
Lowrie-Chin will be sharing with readers and signing copies of the book for patrons at the Fontana Pharmacy in Montego Bay on December 15 between 1 and 3 p.m. Fontana is located at the Fairview Shopping Centre in Bogue.
The following Saturday, December 22, she will be signing copies of Souldance at Kingston Bookshop in the Liguanea Post Mall from noon to 2 p.m.
The successful public relations executive, columnist, and community leader has received enthusiastic acclaim for Souldance, published by Ian Randle Publishers in 2009.
The lyrical, spiritual, patriotic, and socially conscious content of this, her first book, often presented with wry humour, reveals a little-known creative side to the former journalist and one-time teacher.
Reviews following book signings in Jamaica, New York, and Florida have described Souldance as "a delightful and delicious read", "insightful and inspiring", and as one of the "50 great reads for Jamaica 50".
The author, according to one source, "has a lot to say and does so beautifully and with power".
The book captures and celebrates life, specifically Jamaican life. The free-spirited poems and sensitively crafted columns and prose writings feature major themes such as family, freedom, social responsibility, and the spiritual, and deal with local issues both amusing and serious. The author draws from and highlights many inspiring Jamaicans, from Claude McKay to Usain Bolt. Though dealing with the country's challenges as well as its successes, Lowrie-Chin's message is always positive.
Her Christmas memoir quoted above, for example, urges us all to relish the beauty of the Yuletide season:
Fill your senses with the sights and sounds of Christmas: pots of poinsettia bursting into bloom, beautiful children clutching new toys, colourful jonkunnu dancers, sparkling lights and Christmas carols.