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Island Reads: Fireburn

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction set in the tropics? Today's featured book is set on the island of St. Croix in the 1870s and tells "the horrors of a little-known, bloody period of Caribbean history."     Note: Some of the links in this post are...

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Living with Small Kids on a Small Rock

I think it was about three years ago that me and my husband were sitting at the then newly opened Bizzy Bee bakery on a Saturday morning in Windwardside, Saba. People were waving, cars were honking, and the smells of coffee and freshly baked bread were in the air and...

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You Know You’re From Hawai’i If…

You say slippers, not flip-flops. You’re cold when the weather drops below 70 degrees... But even when it gets cold, you still wear shorts and slippers – you just add a sweatshirt. You think a 20-minute drive is a long drive. You’ll sometimes let someone into your...

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It’s a Jamaican Thing

A Love Letter to Jamaica   I lived in Jamaica for about half my life, but I can’t say I ever loved it the way I do now, from hundreds of miles north. Sometimes, to see a place more clearly you have to venture far away, to put some distance between you, as you...

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The Stress of Island Home Ownership

There are a few things that I have come to appreciate about western industrialized nations. For example: flushing the toilet without a thought for where it all goes, which goes hand in hand with turning on the faucet and having potable water (although I'm from...

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Island Reads: Dragonfruit

Do you ever think back to pivotal moments in history and wonder how you would have behaved had you been alive then? Do you ever wonder what actions you would have taken, how you would have reacted under the pressures of the day, and in what ways your personal values...

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