October 22, 2012

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Hunting for bonefish

Kevin fishing the Flats.

The day could hardly have dawned with any less promise. After the achingly beautiful weather of the past few days, the grey skies that greeted me at breakfast were doubly disappointing. From the patio of our hotel on the southern shore of Anegada, I could see storm clouds massing over the distant water. I wondered […]

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July 10, 2012

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Pissarro: St. Thomas’ impressionist master

Today is the birthday of the impressionist master Camille Pissarro, who was born and spent his childhood on St. Thomas, then part of the Danish West Indies. The son of a Sephardic Jewish father and Dominican mother, Pissarro went to Paris at age 12 to attend school. There, his advisor told him to “take advantage of his […]

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June 11, 2012

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Sunny days

Solar panel unveiled at HLSCC

It’s been a good couple of days for advocates of alternative energy in the Virgin Islands. First, we heard that the U.S. Virgin Islands will be getting an 18 megawatt solar generation system — enough to generate about 15% of the territory’s peak load. The solar array sites will be split between St. Croix and […]

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June 1, 2012

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Hello Hurricane Season

Anyone near a radio or newspaper today knows that June 1 is the start of hurricane season.  An old rhyme puts it fairly accurately: “June, too soon. July, stand by. August, it must. September, remember. October, all over.” (Although this year with two named  storms before June 1, one starts to wonder, and we all know […]

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April 8, 2012

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10 Virgin Islands reads

I love to read and I love the Virgin Islands. Here are 10 of my favorite Virgin Islands books. The Night of the Silent Drums John L. Anderson Rome: Mapes Monde, 1992 The Night of the Silent Drums is the story of the 1733 slave rebellion on St. John, told through the eyes of a […]

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April 1, 2012

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It’s good to be back (+ the story of a frog)

First of all, I’m back. After taking a few weeks (okay, months) off to wrap up my research on the 5th edition of Moon Virgin Islands (out this fall people!), I’m glad to be back to the blog. There are a lot of things I could write about today: the BVI Spring Regatta which wraps […]

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January 12, 2012

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Wet Weather

I stumbled upon an interesting piece of news recently on the National Weather Service – San Juan website. It turns out that 2011 was the wettest year in 113 years of record-keeping in Puerto Rico, with 89.5 inches of rain recorded in the San Juan area. And on both St. Thomas and St. Croix 2011 […]

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January 5, 2012

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News Clipping: Homicide in the Virgin Islands

So this is not my usual, sunny news clipping, but after I read this article in the Virgin Islands Daily News I knew it needed to be shared. A high homicide rate is deadly for tourism, as the article points out, so there is a tendency to downplay the issue of violence in the context […]

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December 7, 2011

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News clipping: Stand Up Paddleboarding on St. John, with the NYT

The travel articles are coming fast and furious these days and this is one of my recent favorites. Wendy Plump writes in the New York Times about a week on St. John, and mostly about stand up paddleboarding around the island. SUP, for those who don’t know, is the new big thing in the Virgin […]

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December 6, 2011

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News clipping: the Boston Globe on Guana, plus eco-initiatives

I’m probably just jealous, but after reading the Boston Globe’s recent travel piece about vacationing on Guana Island, in the British Virgin Islands, I find myself annoyed.  The story by Paul E. Kandarian is a perfectly readable description of the private island resort. Heck, what would not be readable about six beaches, three gourmet meals […]

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