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Current Rock of Residence:


Island Girl Since:

1968, but full time since 2013

Originally Hails From:

Chicago, USA

Maria has lived many lives in many places but has never felt happier than on her current rock in the sun, Grenada. In a former life, for many years she was a successful realtor in Chicago. Ironically, Maria has found buying a new pad in the Grenadian marketplace to have many plot twists… but she loves exploring, meeting new people, and growing a year-round garden in the sun.

One of Maria’s new missions is to communicate with folks back home and to teach them about the Spice Island – its unique produce, lively culture, and welcoming ways. Maria is an avid lover of life who seeks to try new foods and meet new people.

Back in a past life, Maria was a huge supporter of the opera, theatre, and was active in many civic organizations and causes. She has now limited her organizational involvement to being active in the Grenada Association of Retired Persons. She’s happy to share her adventure with her wonderful husband of many years. Together, they share a large family and love to show their kids and grandkids around their lovely island home.

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The Bitter Battle Between The Gardener and The Iguana

Gardening is one of the few activities we’ve enjoyed throughout the seven years we’ve made Grenada our home. Edibles fresh from the garden are a special treat, no matter the amount of work. A treat for us but equally a treat to the three iguanas who have decided our...

Island-style Cleaning Crew

Those of us who came to our rock from urban settings tend to be accustomed to living in sheltered environments where critters of all kinds were never to be seen inside a house, and preferably not outside either. In this way, moving to an island can require quite a bit...

How to Make Friends & Build Your Island Social Circle

Choosing to spend your retirement in someplace other than where you had been living for most of your working life is a huge step with many joys and some challenges. For me, the choice to live on my particular rock was an easy one, as I knew the island and had lived...

Turning Island Bush Into An Island Garden That Feeds Us

Except for 4 years in a small town in England, I’ve spent all my life in cities of varying sizes, in several different countries. Only 2 of the homes I’ve lived in had gardens and in neither had I attempted more than some experimental flower and vegetable plantings....

Little Old Lady on a Rock

This is a little story about how to take advantage of being old on a rock. Being old is not known for being a ton of fun, in general, so we've got to get our kicks somehow, right? As a society, we've created all sorts of euphemisms to help us deal with our aging:...

Unmasking The Mysterious Night Marauder

We share our island world with many creatures of both the two and four-footed variety. To what degree the human islanders share depends on their particular tolerance level and general approach to critters. Hubby and I fall into the quite tolerant camp - but we do have...

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