Union Island’s Animal Shelter: Bittersweet Update

August 5, 2017

It’s a sad story with a bittersweet ending. Union Island: a mother and two litters of puppies are abandoned by an owner who has just left Union and the mother is later found dead, presumably poisoned. The puppies are rescued and brought to the Southern Grenadines Animal Kindness (SGAK) animal shelter, where they are slowly […]

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2-Day Escape to Union Island

July 6, 2017

It was the end of June and after months of waiting, the time had finally come for my Union Island getaway! I rose early that morning to be greeted by windy, rainy, grey skies, but they could not dull my anticipation. This was my getaway: the brief pause in my vacation where I actually relaxed […]

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Furry, Feathered, 4-Legged, No-Legged Citizens of Barbados: Part 2

May 29, 2017

A friend recently shared a link to one of those tucked-away, lesser-known spots that proves itself to be a definite must-see. The Facebook pictures of nervous hands holding scaly reptiles for the camera and children’s faces bunched around feeding animals truly make it one such place. So last month, I packed the godchildren into the car and […]

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Furry, Feathered, 4-Legged, No-Legged Citizens of Barbados: Part 1

April 22, 2017

This Easter break I wanted to take my godchildren sightseeing and after receiving some parental advice, decided on the Barbados Wildlife Reserve for the first excursion. Apart from the reserve’s neat set-up and the peaceful environment, admission also gets you into the Grenade Hall Forest and Signal Station right next door. Two for the price […]

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Guadeloupe: 24 Hours on the Butterfly

April 7, 2017

Originally written for Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine. Re-printed with permission. This is the story of a girl who happened to be in the right place at the right time when a guy from Guadeloupe strolled into her office. They met and had a conversation during which she (not so subtly) mentioned how much she wanted to […]

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Black History Month/Valentine’s Day Mash-up

February 26, 2017

We’ve just ended the month of Black history and Valentine’s Day and rather than add to the discussion about the atrocities of slavery or the commercialized list of ways to love your loved one, I wanted to reflect on something different. Why not marry the two topics in a discussion of how enslaved people expressed […]

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Neglected Dogs Steal Hearts at “Animal Kindness”

February 9, 2017

It started out as a regular flight home: leave St. Vincent, stop in Union and Canouan Islands, and then on to Barbados. Settled in my seat and ready to dive into my latest Spanish novel, I looked up as the flight boarded in Union to notice a man take the seat next to me and […]

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Sea Turtles Crossing

Precious and Protected: The Sea Turtles of Barbados

January 11, 2017

Originally written for Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine. Re-printed with permission. One evening as I was nearing the end of my jog on the boardwalk on Barbados’ south coast, I noticed a crowd gathering and peering intently at something in the sand just up ahead. Small pockets of people dotted a rough line crossing my path from one […]

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How Far We’ve Come in 50 Years, Barbados!

January 7, 2017

On the last day of my mom’s recent visit to Barbados, we were walking to nearby Dover Beach when she started recounting her days at Cable and Wireless (C&W, one of two phone companies at the time) in the 60’s. It’s always a pleasure to see how much she enjoys telling stories from back in […]

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“Need Has No Season”

December 19, 2016

It’s the time for giving (so everyone says) and I felt like writing, so I decided to share a personal experience that encapsulates the title of this post, which is actually a Salvation Army motto: some people are in serious need all year round, not only at Christmas. Here’s my story….  A few Christmases ago, I gave myself […]

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