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Cassava Pie

When people talk cassava pie, you know Christmas is coming. I listen to the talk but have to confess that during the whole time I have lived in Bermuda I've never tried my hand at making it. The whole process sounds tedious to me, tedious and downright terrifying - scrape, wash, grate and squeeze before you even begin the batter. But my friend Alison disagrees. She used to start literally from scratch: First plant your cassava, then wait for two…


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Pondering Petunias

I will always be grateful to petunias for getting me back to a pursuit I had followed as a child: gardening. I’m grateful as well to a friend and former teaching colleague who in the mid-’80s gave me the six-pack…


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Signs of Autumn

Now that the fall is once again upon us, I can’t help thinking poetry. Lines from two Caribbean poems come to mind. Jamaican poet H.D. Carberry begins his “Nature” with: “We have neither summer nor winter/neither autumn nor spring.” Valerie…


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Year of the Bird

We’re already at the midpoint of the year, with the summer about to wreak its full heat on us and then the fall to bring us migratory birds, both expected and accidental. We never know quite what will arrive because…


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A Rose by Any Other Name…

When I left the UK and had my first Christmas in Bermuda, I knew I had to adjust my thinking. Where decorations were concerned, it could no longer be simply a matter of the holly and the ivy. That said,…

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Ch-Ch-Changes…

I have to admit to being a conservative where places I love are concerned. Usually I need them to stay exactly the same for my own peace of mind, so that if a new building goes up or an old…