Written By:

Judy Palmer

Current Rock of Residence:

Dominican Republic

Island Girl Since:


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Judy, twice an expat on two very different islands, leads a life of contentment in retirement after nearly 50 years of working in non-profit publishing as a writer, editor, and finally in her own advertising sales company (to make some money before retirement).

Until recently, her best friend was Monet, her Bichon Frise, who lived 16 happy years, half of them on a tropical island. Judy’s life is a book of many chapters with subplots and stories ranging from her four marriages to worldwide travels. Her upbringing in Mississippi in the ‘60s included a first-hand experience with racial segregation and the ensuing integration, along with sit-ins and church burnings.

Her first expat experience was on the island of Great Britain (definitely not tropical). She lived three years in Surrey, just outside of London in England, in the late ‘90s when she was vice captain of her women’s golf league and won every competition except club champion. She managed only second place. Golf was her passion until Parkinson’s’ Disease took it away along with her hobby of playing the piano. She also fights an incurable blood cancer that requires frequent blood transfusions. But that hasn’t gotten the best of her.

Judy retired early at age 60 in perfect health. Now, despite her health issues, she still looks out from her condo in Costambar, an expat enclave on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, to see the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean and the gorgeous sunrises that brighten her day. Her stories of her experiences on her tropical island show her amazing attitude and gratitude for living every day.

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