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Stories by Tamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:19 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Imagine having to contend with verbal and physical abuse from your partner to then learn that your child has been sexually abused at a home you thought was best for him or her, then later struggling to come to terms with the cancer diagnosis of...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:16 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

THE STORY of Janice Palmer-Randall and her husband, Carl, with raising a child with special needs is one of resilience and unconditional love. “Initially, I was plunged into depression. I couldn’t stop crying because I knew based on my research...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:16 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Last week, we met 42-year-old Nickiesha Morgan, who began sharing details about her life of despair in the trenches of street life. This week, she opens up even more and shares how she used her struggles as building blocks to her success. “I had...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:18 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

From all indicators, she should have been six feet under, having had to bounce it on the streets after running away from state care to fend for herself, mixing with the wrong crowds and ending up on the wrong side of the law. Forty-two-year-old...

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:19 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester: “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve,...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 12:07 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

“If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” Matthew 18:17 “Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:06 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester: Imagine only being able to lie in one position, having your movement restricted, looking at your responsibilities staring you in the face and not being able to do much, all while enduring excruciating physical pain. This...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:15 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Christiana, Manchester: Imagine being told that all the times you were out doing the things you were passionate about, you were possibly minutes away from getting a major heart attack? Well, this is what 22-year-old Jhori-Lee Holness was told...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:16 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

CraigHead, Manchester: Quite a popular man he is, not just because he is 102 years old, and works his farm as though he is 16, but because he is the oldest man in the community and a father to all. Egbert Hutchinson has outlived years he never...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Have you ever seen mothers who seem to effortlessly wear the hat of motherhood so well, whose actions are so true to form that you think there are step-by-step guidelines to motherhood that they follow? Kerida Samuda-Jones could easily pass as one...

Published:Sunday | December 8, 2019 | 12:23 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Mandeville, Manchester: It took one trip to a children’s home with his mother, who was spearheading a charitable drive, for Martin Greaves to come to the full realisation that giving back to the less fortunate had to be a part of his life’s goals....

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:26 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Mandeville, Manchester: Sometimes, it takes an earth-shattering experience for us to cling to the source of all our strength, and that is what happened with theology student, Roosevelt Hudson. Having accepted the message from the tender age of 12...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:22 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Mandeville, Manchester: After his brother died, Marvin Pryce knew without a doubt that his life of ­womanising, drinking, and partying had to stop. But not even that life-changing experience was able to completely and immediately change his mind...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:11 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester: “I still remember it as if it were yesterday. My friend and I had spent Grand Market night partying away and enjoying ourselves. At daybreak, I got up and went to get some soap to wash. I passed by his house and he said...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:13 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester: It was not until placement in grade four at her primary school that Crystal Clarke began learning, and even though her circumstances were never ideal, she used those adversities as building blocks instead of deterrents to...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:14 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Manchester: We often hear stories of pastors who used to live contrary to biblical teachings. Those persons may have started out in fields that, when matched with theology, would be like oil and water. Or they simply had not planned to enter the...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:13 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

She has been both mother and father to her two boys, and on meagre salaries and odd jobs has made it work so that they could have a much better life than she did. Marlene Dias says that life has never been easy for her, but she is driven by...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 1:24 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Manchester, Jamaica: “We are here not because of our goodness. We are here because of God’s goodness: we are here because of His mercies, and had it not been for God’s mercies, all of us would be dead. Satan wants to kill us, but God says, ‘Be...

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 5:37 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Porus, Manchester: Approximately five months ago, Kerene Smith-White, a 36-year-old mother of six children, and recent widow, received devastating news she would later confirm. Her two-bedroom dwelling, along with all of her belongings, were...

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 5:33 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Manchester, Jamaica: It is the dream of many individuals to migrate to what they deem as a country with greener pastures, but with the requirements of each country being different and sometimes difficult to satisfy, many never attain success....

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:20 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Mandeville, Manchester: With her larger-than-life personality, Kenisha Dwyer-Powell has the ability to make anyone feel powerful enough to tackle their dreams and conquer the world. Certainly, one could not expect less from a woman who is eager...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:19 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Chantilly, Manchester: Someone kills your pet and you forgive them. But if another person kills your loved one, what should you do? The nature of the hurt inflicted on you by another may be so heart-wrenching that the word forgiveness infuriates...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:20 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

It is certainly not something she eagerly awaits, but she knows of the possibilities with her life-threatening ailment. The thought of death scares her, not because it is a road every mortal life may travel, but because it means she may leave her...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:15 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Chantilly, Manchester: Someone kills your pet and you forgive them. But if another person kills your loved one, what should you do? The nature of the hurt inflicted on you by another may be so heart-wrenching that the word forgiveness infuriates...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Mandeville, Manchester: At 24 years old, Nekhidia Harris, an American born to Jamaican parents, is shorter than an average four-year-old, but she is short of nothing. With a heart that loves and is driven by a spirit of giving, if Harris’s heart...

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