Sick on a Rock

Written by: Roxane   It’s midsummer with a heat index of 104°F, so I knew something must be wrong when I climbed into bed wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt. Even more so when I woke up still wearing them, since … Continue reading

An Island Girl’s Best Friend(s)

Written by: Roxane   I was halfway through my 479th boat briefing when I realized that one of my new divers, a girl on the port side, was looking way too comfortable, snuggled into a stranger’s dive gear with her … Continue reading

My Sudden Island-wide Popularity

Written by: Roxane   I suddenly have a lot of new friends on my rock. It’s hard not to feel popular, what with all the personal phone calls coming into the dive shop just for me. Though in reality, the … Continue reading

This is NOT Your Boat.

Written by: Roxane   “Nope, this isn’t your boat.” I say this, only half joking, to some surfaced divers. Crouched at the end of the dive platform, I watch them glance at one another, the wife rolling her eyes while … Continue reading

Some Basic Island Survival Guidelines

Written by: Roxane   Growing up in Miami, I’m no stranger to the odd and invasive organism: monster cockroaches are an everyday norm, basilisk lizards use my parent’s porch as a drag racing course, and tourists swarm off cruise ships … Continue reading