Mental Floss

I’m feeling a need to offload a lot of confusing emotions. Being a foreigner anywhere is stressful. So many things do not function as expected. Just imagine if you awoke one day to discover all the faucets had suddenly gone from right-handed cold to left?  Wouldn’t that just mess with your head? Well, wrap your…

After a long silence…

So, it has been a spell since I last posted. My living situation has been chaotic. The man who rented me the house on Laborie Bay did not have the right to do so, did not give me a lease, tried to bilk me for more money, and the list goes on. The police came…

Settling In

It has been crazy, baby. This is an unwelcome visitor to any home. These centipedes take to crawling up the feet of the bed and into the covers where they sting the sleeper. The resulting welt is painful. What a nasty wake-up call.  So, you know me….I asked, “don’t you use any of those bed…

Laborie, St. Lucia, West Indies

This is it…my little fishing village.         The bougainvillia and ixora are the size of bushes here. These are the remains of lockers “donated” by the Japanese government to St. Lucia. The lockers were supposed to be rented by the fishers, who did not pay despite use. The waves and storms undermined…

Moving On…

The last few weeks of Lucy’s life have been tragic and comedic….as usual.  Never afraid to venture into the darkness, she asks questions that nobody wants to answer in public. This made folks uncomfortable and increasingly unwilling to share information. To some, this may seem like a failure. It is anything but.  The end result…

Changing the world

I’ve taken to chanting this mantra “You can change the world by how you look at it.” So, once again I have evidence to bear. Someone asked if I had been “harassed.” I had to say “no” honestly. “They respect you?” “I don’t know, but I’m not harassed.” Actually, I knew the answer to the…

A Regular Day

    I saw the ants swimming before I knew they were in my glass of ginger wine. Cold, hot, with a bite and extra protein. I was planning to cook the chicken that had thawed. Actually, this was the second time I had thawed it. Could not get my stove to work. I ate…

Lucian Christmas

OK, Lucians are REALLY into Christmas.  I love the local songs. Two of the hotties this year are Put Jesus in Your Christmas And another one that has chorus of “gobble, gobble, gobble”.  I can’t find it on youtube. This is also typical.  Christmas By Ya Door You gotta love the Lucian obsession with life’s…

Thanksgiving

All all of my North American friends are huddled in the cold, I find myself basking on the beach and wishing for nothing more than an endless day. Alas, I’ve given in to THANKSGIVING, when we celebrate the start of eradicating Naive Americans. Wow, that is one I never got. Anyway, I’m joining up with…

Why I Don’t Iron

Most people know that St. Lucia is a warm tropical climate. You may not realize the role clothing plays in professional realms. St. Lucians with education and professional status take great pride in having clean, pressed, and formal business attire….business suits and all. The great tragedy of it all is that there is NO place…

What do we mean by “Mental Illness”?

I have contemplated this question for decades. And I have learned that this label is applied to anyone who is perceived by the mainstream of any society to be outside the norm of expected behavior.  In today’s world, all I can say is WOW. In the U.S. and other nations which have adopted the thinking and…