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Freedom to Choose: The Last Bite of Cake

Jamaica, life, Travel

In Jamaican households, on the island and overseas, Christmas cake starts making appearances in cupboards and on dinner tables in the early days of December. People will tell you how many they’ve baked, or how many their mothers have baked….

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Hundreds of Birthdays

Jamaica, Reflections

As my birthday approaches, the years that have built up to create this life wind and intersect in my mind. Loops of memory of all these years. Years stack on top of each other and stand side by side, three and thirty-two, six…

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From Jamaica to Germany

Germany, Jamaica, Travel, Wellness

Dear Friends, Last week at this time, my mother and I were at Milk River Bath in Clarendon; she was soaking in the mineral baths, which are reputed to be among the most curative, restorative, and mineral rich in the…

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And It Goes On…

Jamaica, Travel

Dis long time gal mi neva see you, come mek mi hol’ yuh hand.– (Long Time Gal, Jamaican folk song) Dear Friends, What a sunny day it is today! There’s a warm breeze blowing through the open window; as I sit…

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Jamaica: Not Just Sun, Sand, Sea

Jamaica, Travel

Two days, I spoke to my mother on Skype, and after hearing about her trip to The Blue Mountains, I begged her to write it down and send it to me. My mother’s voice is soothing and warm like ovaltine, but her words…

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Letter from Kingston: The Hibiscus

Jamaica, Travel

Did you know that a hibiscus folds into itself at night? All of its radiant peach and red and gold wrapped around itself until the morning sun swoops in. I realized this morning at 1am, when I looked at the hibiscuses…

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Letter from Kingston: Home is Jamaica

Jamaica, life, Travel

Dear Friends, There are simple questions in life: What’s your name? How old are you? Where do you live? Where are you from?  However for me, these questions aren’t as simple as they appear at first glance, and I often find…

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