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Summer 2016 Musings #14 – Green Green Grass

Last summer was brutal on my sparse garden. I planted a few palms a few years back and they suffered. The four lowly plants to the north wall, had been burned black. Yes, you heard right Burnt Black! This year, I vowed that it would be different. So far, my weekly yard soaks have encouraged… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #14 – Green Green Grass

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Jamaican Wedding: Romantic wedding venues

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2011, Poetess Defy, Denise Fyffe People work hard at pulling of a great event when they are planning their wedding. Brides tend to go all out, in bringing in different flowers, food, beverages and cakes. They try to find the best romantic wedding venues and caterers. All their efforts… Continue reading Jamaican Wedding: Romantic wedding venues

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Summer 2016 Musings #13 – Pitter Patter on the Roof

As I put on a fresh coat of paint on my summer home renovation project, I feel the hot noon day transition with the cool winds. My arms burn from pushing and pulling the paint brush along ten feet of wall space. I turn and look at a cluster of clouds. There is a storm… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #13 – Pitter Patter on the Roof

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Summer 2016 Musings #12 – Chilling in my Sunroom

Its the morning after Labour Day and I am tired. Still, I manage to wake with the new dawn and thank God for another beautiful morning. I woke quickly. Pulling myself from a dream that showed more misbehavior than happy adventures. There is no adjustment needed for me when I wake up in the mornings.… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #12 – Chilling in my Sunroom

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Summer 2016 Musings #11 – Construction Changes

As the heat intensifies, the changes on my mom's house progresses. I thought it too much, to expect us to bear this persistent summer's heat under the present conditions. According to official weather records, earth has seen 12 straight months of record temperatures in 137 years, of record keeping. The planet is only getting hotter. So,… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #11 – Construction Changes

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Summer 2016 Musings #10 – Disappointments

A disappointment is not readily admitted where pride exists. Feelings are not loyal to their owners. They disclose to any one who would observe, what the truth of the matter is. Sometimes, even the owner would blind their own sight to deny the reality of things. But luckily, the time we spend in the dark… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #10 – Disappointments

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Summer 2016 Musings #9 – The Willie Lynch Syndrome

It is not beneath us to respect one another; young to old, man to woman, friend to foe. Today, I was in the Old Hope Road KFC waiting at the counter for my number to be called. The server said, 428 and a short, dark man, walking with a agitated stride which caused him to… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #9 – The Willie Lynch Syndrome

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Summer 2016 Musings #8 – When Nature Calls

Summer 2016 Musings #8 – Nature CallsSummer 2016 Musings #8 – Nature CallsIt is that time again. When my soul begs to be replenished, in the deep hills of my country. This cry rises as I stare at the full lady moon. Her bluish glare touch my window sill and my soul yearns. All that… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #8 – When Nature Calls

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Summer 2016 Musings #7 – Ice Chips

Its midnight, the heat sits on my skin like a lazy teenager. I had long switched off the screens and rested my head on a lukewarm pillow. Miserable. Sleep evades me like a nerdy teenager, looking for a date to the prom. Ice chips! They circle in my mind's eye, promising to cool, at least my… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #7 – Ice Chips

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Jamaican Wedding: The usefulness of magazines in the wedding planning process

Planning a wedding is an exciting event. Many women look forward to doing this their whole lives. Some even take it on as a career as coordinators and wedding planners. However, not many brides or couples are informed about how to plan a wedding or what are their options. Many who can afford the expenditure… Continue reading Jamaican Wedding: The usefulness of magazines in the wedding planning process

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Dealing with Workplace Harassment: Workplace Vampire

Sometimes, bosses really suck. Specifically those demanding, ungrateful types. They just demand, abuse and work you to a shadow; just like workplace vampires. Some compare them to soul sucking vampires that leave you feeling demoralized and downtrodden. Here it is you start a job with the best intentions, fresh ideas, and a wellspring of motivation. Then… Continue reading Dealing with Workplace Harassment: Workplace Vampire

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Daily Journal: The Accident

I feel so scattered today. I can't focus on writing or work. The accident keeps looping through my mind. It's incredible how fast life happens and how slow we are to react to them. It's hard to focus when you see the trap the enemy lays out for you. I am tired. I am in… Continue reading Daily Journal: The Accident

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Jamaican Wedding: Unique fall wedding invitation ideas

The thought of planning each aspect of a wedding ceremony can be quite overwhelming. Getting a bridal gown, selecting a venue, doing a seating chart for your wedding or even deciding on invitations require much patience, planning, and time. Weddings are a very beautiful occasion. Filled with romance and enhanced by the ambiance; set in… Continue reading Jamaican Wedding: Unique fall wedding invitation ideas

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Summer 2016 Musings #6 – The Holy Grail of bag juice, Cals!

I have discovered the Holy Grail of bag juice! Cals bag juice! It is definitely way above the rest, in quality. Over the last couple days, I realized that the more water content in the bag juice, the tougher it is. The harder it is to bite into the ice and the less rewarding it… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #6 – The Holy Grail of bag juice, Cals!

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Summer 2016 Musings #5 – Bag Juice pon Base

Usually, I prefer fruit juices, however, this heat is causing me to sweat and dehydrate at a rapid pace. I twist and turn at night, feeling like I am sloping through the Florida swamps. It's time to go cheap and efficient! It's bag juice season! Yesterday, I reluctantly dragged on a T-shirt and shorts and… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #5 – Bag Juice pon Base

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Summer 2016 Musings #4 – Roshan and Biscayne Bay on Double Duty

I lie in bed, feeling like a beached dolphin. The heat is caressing my skin in the most intimate ways; it's intolerable. Just this weekend, I had to pull em out, fix em up and plug em in. What you ask? My fans! Without them, I would be like a wilted flower. Thank God for… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #4 – Roshan and Biscayne Bay on Double Duty

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Summer 2016 Musings #3 – Melting Popsicle

I feel like a Popsicle that has been licked and discarded in the park at high noon. Icky! My pillows are drinking my sweat and 2:00 a.m. feels more like 12:00 noon. It is just the first week in May and already the temperatures are unbearable. How am I going to manage this Summer 2016?… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #3 – Melting Popsicle

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Summer 2016 Musings #2 – April Showers or Trickles?

Summer in Jamaica, unofficially, starts mid April. Over the last three years, the heat sits upon the land, like a fat rhino in labour, refusing to budge. April showers has been downgraded to April trickles. Kingston and St. Andrew sees very little rain compared to previous years. Last year, we had a devastating drought, which… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #2 – April Showers or Trickles?

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Summer 2016 Musings #1 – Silk Slips, The Clothing of Choice

It's funny how a heat wave can get you to consider wearing new things. Slips have never been my thing, but 96 degrees or higher in the shade...has made them the only sane choice. I can't believe it has taken me over a dozen years, to stash my tom boy ways and agree to even… Continue reading Summer 2016 Musings #1 – Silk Slips, The Clothing of Choice

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Jamaican Wedding: Tips for planning the best Jamaican wedding reception

By: Denise defy Fyffe. Copyright © 2011, defy, Denise Fyffe A wedding is a joyous occasion. People come together to celebrate the union of a bride and groom. They eat, drink and toast the newlyweds. But Jamaican weddings take time to plan, and it can become very stressful doing so. Often times the bride will take… Continue reading Jamaican Wedding: Tips for planning the best Jamaican wedding reception

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Jamaican Wedding: Choosing a Wedding date

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2015, Denise N. Fyffe The ultimate decision, when to keep your wedding? This is a major contemplation for most couples. You try to make it suit your convenience but sometimes you are impeded by the availability of your most important guests. You also try to think about the best… Continue reading Jamaican Wedding: Choosing a Wedding date