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Vacation Days VS Island Life Realities

Friends in the states picture us tanned as roasted almonds, spending our days sunning on the beach, our afternoons napping in hammocks, our twilights sipping rum punches in our beachside gazebo, our dinnertimes grilling fresh fish, and our nighttimes dancing under the...

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Post-Hurricane Life on Saba

Living on a small Caribbean island changes your appreciation for certain things we tend to take for granted, like full shelves in a shop. This past Wednesday on my way to work, I saw a fully loaded truck drive up from the harbour with supplies. It was a beaten up,...

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This Desperate Rock-Wife: A Poem

Happy Hour Starts at 1pm I've earned it, Don't you judge. I'm sippin' juice, and Flippin' cares, Tryin' not to stare at all the gnats I'm swatting from my face, Lord, such a disgrace! Mango season's rotting on my porch I'm cooking meals over a torch The flame a game...

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Justifying My Island Existence

“So, what do you do on a typical day?” It was the first time anyone asked me that particular question, but I took it the same way as the other questions we hear frequently from our friends and family back where we came from: “What do you do there?” or “How do you...

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Distinguishing “Summer” in the Tropics

As I write this, I am sitting on my back porch, somewhere between mango season and Carnival season. To the uninitiated, the blue skies above and warm day cooled by the trade winds suggest summer. But this is an island in the tropics – it’s always summer; so, we have other ways to mark the passage of time.

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