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Life on the Verandah


Many of the homes I’ve lived in throughout my life have had porches or patios. They were, in my mind, a place to periodically gather friends and family for special events during the summer. A holiday cookout or a birthday celebration might warrant the use of these spaces.  For the most part, these patios and porches were

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Jamaica, For Your Health


Only in “middle age” chronologically, I seem to inhabit the body of an old lady in everyday life. I creak and crack worse than most ninety year olds. My body, having stood the test of birthing 10 babies and running a goat farm for 20 years, now rebels against me. Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis swell

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Torn Between Two Worlds


Today, the world outside my window is a melting mess of white snow and sloppy brown mud. It sounds like rain as it cascades off of my roof.  Snow?  In Jamaica?  No, sadly, I’m back “at home” in New Hampshire for a while, enduring snow storms and frozen blasts of wind from the icy north, with

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Jamaican Men, Beauty or the Beast?


As anyone who has ever visited or lived in Jamaica knows, the roles of males here are quite unique and sometimes a bit complex. Let’s delve in the variety of men that foreign women tend to encounter on our travels and in day-to-day life here “without a man of our own.” This is a situation

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Faith, Fate, Karma, Kismet, or Destiny


  Several years ago, as my desire was building towards a future life in Jamaica, I joined a number of groups and social media outlets where I thought Jamaicans and people like me might integrate.  It was never my intention to actually “make friends” or meet new people.  It wasn’t supposed to be personal.  No, my

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I have traveled all over the world and fallen in love with many places in my lifetime but none of them grabbed me as intensely as Jamaica. During my first visit, years ago, I felt as if I was coming home for the first time in my life. I look forward to sharing this journey with you as I begin the long process of making Jamaica my actual home. These are my experiences and observations. I hope you can see Jamaica through my eyes, and love her the way that I do. I am Jamaican at heart.

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