Holding Down the Fort

Above: My high energy kids playing. No down time for me… It’s been nearly a month since I’ve returned from Santo Domingo. I came back late on March 24th and the next day was the beginning of Spring Break for my kids. Dive in… Three days after I got back my mom…

Life on High-Definition Video

Above: Dominican Republic carnival When I know I’m leaving for Santo Domingo, at first I feel a panic. Of course I’m thrilled to go, but to leave my kids is hard. They are still so young, so fragile, like tissue paper dolls, and they need my guidance, my defense, and the ferocity…

Multiplicity

Above: M.C. Escher – Relativity Whenever I come to the Dominican Republic I always have such mixed feelings. On the one hand it is so familiar. I lived here 8 years, long enough to learn the language, the culture; long enough to move among the locals without feeling like a tourist. There…

Sol India

Above: The dressing room at Sol India There is a great store tucked away in the Zona Universitaria called Sol India and they sell Indian clothes, accessories and decorations. Tucked away in the little street that runs off of Maximo Gomez by the Supermercado Nacional, you wouldn’t know it’s there unless you…

Llegó Papá (Dominican Hipocrisy)

Above: [Translation] Father has arrived! A better country, but for everyone. Next year is election year and one of the candidates is former president Hipolyto Mejia. He was president when I first came to the Dominican Republic in 2003. When I got to Santo Domingo the peso was trading at 25 to…

Indian Fried Okra

Above:  Cook it down, stirring frequently Indian Fried Okra   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 35 mins   Finished dish is almost unrecognizable but full of spicy goodness Recipe type: Side dish Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 lb Fresh okra sliced thin width-wise (little circles), tops cut…

Chivos Sin Ley (Lawless Goats)

This billboard says in English: “Stop correctly, there are others who want to pass. We cannot live like lawless goats.” But apparently Dominicans can live quite well as ‘lawless goats’…

Running Away with the Circus: Part 2 — Circus Dreams

The best way to describe the show is in pictures but I will say this. From my friends’ house, the equipment, including a portable trapeze, gets loaded onto a long truck. Two trucks are loaded for different shows at two locations. The performers, mostly barrio boys, climb on the back of the…

Running Away with the Circus: Part 1 — Backstage

Above: My friends from The Circus of Dreams Friday we took the Expreso Bavaro bus to Higuey to visit my friends from The Circus of Dreams The manager, who is from England, and I had become good girlfriends online and even though she started as my client (I designed numerous things for…

Signs of Progress

  Signs of progress: trash improvement in Ozama As always, when I come here, I look for signs of progress, of change, and rarely find anything significant. It’s discouraging because in many ways I want this country to be better, I want to be proud of it, to be able to brag…

Gold & Blue

After the internet center on Saturday we relaxed with a movie on my laptop (The Water Horse) which we enjoyed. Then, in the evening, we went to this Mexican ‘style’ place that my ex likes, to get some food to eat back at home while we watch another movie (Some Like It…

Tsunami Overshadow

Above: Screenshot from the movie “Hereafter” Well here I am at the Orlando airport. The trip down was easy breezy. I so love that I have a car. I made it down in less than 2 1/2 hours. Plenty of time to spare. I found a deal on parking, $4/day only 2…

Parting Notes from My Son

My son Marcos loves his mom, and her cooking…   Save

Peanut Chutney

I have befriended this woman in St. Augustine who is from India but grew up in South Africa. It’s rather interesting because I first met her husband who is American but spent 20 years living in India. They are an interesting couple because he, in some ways acts very typically like an…

Indian Grocery Store

There is a great Indian grocery store in Jacksonville that I discovered called Kalyaan Market. Friends have told me about other markets in Jacksonville but I found this one and it seems to be the biggest. All I know is that after my first visit there many months ago, I’ve been longing…

excavation

the coffin of my heart began to rot; the lid is shut the walls are wood the worms are eating through i feel the dirt tickling the scratchy pain burns my skin someone, is shoveling i see the bright blue sky the gateway of my pain was rusted shut; cemetery of my…