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Beguiling Bougainvillea
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Beguiling Bougainvillea

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the winter 2006 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally. Maybe Hurricane Florence wasn’t as vicious as Fabian of 2003 fame. But she did vent her spite on our bougainvillea, leaving it burnt and completely bereft of any foliage. So right now I’m in temporary mourning for all its purple glory that used to tumble over our patio wall and greet us when we…


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Ode to Toads

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally. People, I have noticed, are rarely indifferent to our toads: they either love them…


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A Year of Abundance

The downside of COVID travel restrictions has meant we have largely been stuck on the rock, missing out on new experiences and different scenery in foreign lands. However, there has also been an upside. Judging from numerous online conversations and…


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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…