Too much happiness

Someone in the village was very drunk and out wandering along the jetty. I was told he had “too much happiness”. It really made me stop and think. Linguistics have always fascinated me, though I am no expert. Several years ago (30+), I wrote an essay about how words matter. I had used the example…

Long time no…..

I guess this means I’ve come up for air.  That was a truly deep dive. I arrived in the U.S. the start of March, having planned to spend one week. For many reasons, I did not return to St. Lucia on schedule. Things were….let’s just say, complicated. In the last few weeks, I’ve caught up…

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…