Caribbean

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving

By Jackie Leavitt I am thankful for so many things. It’s true every year, but this one especially. A year ago, I would have never imagined what I would have done and what I’d currently be doing. It wasn’t even in the realm of possibility. Last […]

Jaded in Paradise

Jaded in Paradise

By Jackie Leavitt A couple months ago, I was Skyping with my sister, Vickie. She was sitting in her hotel bed in Hawaii, having just finished months of sailing from New Zealand while working on an educational tall ship. I was sitting on a palm tree–lined […]

Five O’clock

Five O’clock

By Jackie Leavitt From the car, I gaze at the dark scene flowing past the window of my rear passenger seat. In the front, Lars is driving his co-captain, Travis, to the airport so he can catch his early morning flight. The road curls along the […]

Sunny Salutations

Sunny Salutations

By Jackie Leavitt I wake up in bed and feel all of my muscles tight. I’m stiff all over. I stretch my arms up and crack my wrists — not something I can usually do. Yoga time, I think as I drag myself up and […]

A Bird May Love a Fish

A Bird May Love a Fish

By Jackie Leavitt The bird circles once, twice, before it stops. It lifts up its shoulders in a movement-stopping shrug. It hugs itself, balling up before catapulting down, down, down to the surface of the water. Dropping, and dropping further. You are caught, mid-step, mid-heartbeat, […]

Bananas in Grenada

Bananas in Grenada

By Jackie Leavitt It’s been 45 minutes since the last time I walked slowly and carefully down the marina pool steps into the shallow, four-foot water. Time for another dip. Each stair drops me further and further into the cooling water, washing away the heat […]

One Word

One Word

or, Dolphin Delight By Jackie Leavitt I look off the back of the boat, staring at our lifeless lures trailing behind us, bobbing along in the deep blue-gray water. We’ve had no fish action yet since we left Portsmouth, Dominica, a few hours earlier. Bueller leaves […]

An Island is a Snowflake

An Island is a Snowflake

Or How Each Caribbean Island Differs From One Another By Jackie Leavitt When I flew into the Dominican Republic in mid-March two months ago, it was the first time I had set foot on any Caribbean island. My perception of this area came from Internet […]

Siren’s Call

Siren’s Call

By Jackie Leavitt The sailboat sits alone and empty, rocking back and forth on the ocean’s breath as the sun shines down on its white hull and the red buoy that ties it to place. The wind whines, asking for attention from the wandering-eyed sailor, […]

Through the Lens: Dominican Republic

Through the Lens: Dominican Republic

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