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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 years. "The two-year wait was frustrating," she admits. "But when we harvested the root a...

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Christmas Plant Decorations

Oh, by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly. The only trouble is that in Bermuda, thanks to no bleak midwinter, we don’t have much holly and, as far as I know, absolutely no mistletoe. Holly is an important part of British Chris...

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Pollution Is Not Some Esoteric Thing: An Interview With Dr. Jamie Bacon

Twenty years ago, scientist Dr. Jamie Bacon began seeing the first deformities in Bermuda’s toads. The toads she observed may have had a limb missing, or an extra limb, or even only one eye. These deformities were numerous and impractical for ...

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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.” Va...

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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 storms sweeping the island...

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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, some people did assure me there was such a...