12 January 2018

Yesterday, Little L, Littler B, and I accompanied T to the City Council Building in Knoxville where, just after noon, he became a citizen of the United States of America — 22 years after having left the Bahamas to attend

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Callaloo in the Mix

I woke up on New Year’s Day with callaloo on my mind. A Sunday staple in many homes in T&T and across the Caribbean, it is often cooked with crab and shares space on the plate with rice, stewed chicken, macaroni pie, plantains, and ground provisions. Somehow, I

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Pretending I’m There

  I can’t be in Trinidad for Carnival, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be getting into the spirit of it from afar. To all the revellers and masqueraders out there: have a fun and safe one!  

A Homecoming … and Leaving

Months of anticipation and longing were brought to an end over a period of ten days. Ten wonderful days that I was careful to savour because of, and despite, the swiftness of their passing. And there was truly much to relish on my recent trip to Trinidad: family, food, music, friends, warmth,

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Happy Carnival!

May the colours electrify you, may the rhythms reach your core; May good vibes travel with you, from fete to fete and door to door. May you marvel at the talents on display at every turn; And for this fleeting time of revelry, forget your worries and concerns. Wishing

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‘Tis the Season…

My preparation for Christmas began early this year. Fruit was set to soak for black cake, Promasa and banana leaves were sourced for pastelles, and rum bottles were emptied (ahem!) for sorrel and punch de crème. Everything was perfectly prepared. Mentally, that

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Snow and Sand

Little L woke up one morning last week and asked if it was winter yet. The excitement in her voice was unmistakable and it took me back to a time when, as a child, I was fascinated by the idea of snow. After all, those children in foreign Christmas shows got to

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Candles for the dead, and diyas for Divali. This is a weekend of light. Today, November 2, is All Soul’s Day – a day when, in the Christian tradition, persons remember those who have passed and pray that their souls

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