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A Post-Hurricane Confession from a Rock Sister

Life on a rock has turned me into a weather geek, especially during hurricane season. That time of year, I check the updates on 6 different sites whenever the National Hurricane Center updates them (2:00, 5:00, 8:00, and 11:00). It’s just a wee bit obsessive, though...

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Island Living Debunked: D.R. Edition

When we embarked on our move to the Dominican Republic, it seemed like almost everyone we knew had an array of concerns on our behalf. "It's too dangerous! It's a third world country! You are going to get mugged!" Varying degrees of panic were being spouted from all...

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10 Inalienable Truths of Island Driving

Before I moved to my rock, I thought I'd cycle everywhere. "It'll be fine! I won't need a car." I naively told people. I held onto this vision of sunshine bicycle rides under gently swaying palm trees right up until the minute I stepped out of the airport. Then it...

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