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How I Hacked My Island Hostess Duties

I'm starting to appreciate the spartan nature of Dominican kitchens. At first, I would compare the lack of cabinetry and the sparse shelving of typical island kitchens to images of the dream kitchens of America and think, "How does this even work here? Why would...

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When Islanders Come Calling

On this rock, people here tend to consider the nation among the trendiest in the world. It is like a religion - an opioid, even. We boast about our First World status because we supposedly qualify by having the latest, the best, the newest of everything imaginable....

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An Island Dog’s Wardrobe

It began with a bowtie. "He'll look cute for Christmas," I said to my husband. "It doesn't mean we're those people." "People who dress up their dogs?" "Exactly. We're not those people."     One bow tie, one baseball hat and two leg warmers later, I have to concede...

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Island Map Mishaps

Maybe it’s because I’ve had a rough go at it this week trying to find places on my rock, or maybe it’s because living here for over a year and constantly failing at finding places has finally caught up with me, but I need to talk about directions on my island. I'm...

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