Life in Jamaica

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

panda with ice cooling down from the heat
Life in Jamaica

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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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!

cals bag juice
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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

summer heat - woman with fans
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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

melted ice cream truck
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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?

african american woman-sleeping in silk slip
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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

suicide note woman sudden death by Denise Fyffe
Book Reviews and Features

Suicide, Taking Lives by Denise N. Fyffe

Suicide Suicide often occurs because someone feels trapped in a world of constant despair. Their outlook is very glum. Suicidal tendencies are often triggered by stress, trauma, bullying, unemployment, relationship issues, gambling problems, chemical imbalance, grief and other factors. Many of the persons who take their lives are considered suffers of a mental disorder; including,… Continue reading Suicide, Taking Lives by Denise N. Fyffe

black-woman-reading sudden death by Denise Fyffe
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Jamaican Stories about Depression by Denise N. Fyffe

Depression Depression is more common than many of us are aware; though, it is hidden away, like some deep dark secret. It is a natural response to trauma. For some, the emotions overwhelm them and they commit suicide. Depression does not discriminate, stereotype or exercises any prejudice; neither is it unique to any one situation.… Continue reading Jamaican Stories about Depression by Denise N. Fyffe