Maria! Maria! Dairy of a Category 5 Hurricane : October 2017: Slim Pickins

Three and a half weeks after Maria, I finally have a chance to reach Roseau, get some money, and call my family. At 6:30 a.m. on Monday October 2, 2017, I crawl over the landslide to meet my ride. Three other neighbors are crammed into the backseat of my friend’s little jeep. As we pickContinue reading “Maria! Maria! Dairy of a Category 5 Hurricane : October 2017: Slim Pickins”

Maria! Maria! Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane

NOVEMBER 2017: The New Normal Since there’s not much more I can do without money or materials, I am working on transferring this handwritten journal to the computer in the mornings. In the afternoons, I pick up glass from the solar water heater in the backyard. That’s about it. Giselle gets the corrections to IslandContinue reading “Maria! Maria! Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane”

Maria! Maria! Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane

December 2017: Books on the Beach Around December 1, I’m notified that Nobody Owns the Rainbow has arrived at the port after touring the Caribbean on a RAM Shipping cargo boat for several extra weeks. “Books on the Beach” is coming up, so I turn my attention to clearing seven boxes containing 250 books fromContinue reading “Maria! Maria! Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane”

Maria! Maria! Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane: First Quarter, 2018

JANUARY, 2018 :  Key West Ho, hum. Christmas 2017 has come and gone, and Santa had no place to land his team of reindeer because I’m still roofless. Most Dominicans are already looking forward to an early Carnival, while I am looking forward to getting off this god-forsaken island and freeing up my head. ForContinue reading “Maria! Maria! Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane: First Quarter, 2018”

Maria! Maria! Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane: Second Quarter, 2018

APRIL, 2018: Reggae on the Beach Reggae on the Beach comes and goes at the beginning of April. It is sparsely attended—no Nelly—plus six months after Maria, it’s still difficult to organize fun things in Dominica or get folks to spend money on anything but rum to make them forget their worries. Mashed up roads,Continue reading “Maria! Maria! Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane: Second Quarter, 2018”

Maria, Maria: Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane, Third Quarter

JULY: Stand By I don’t know what Roseau has got, but every time I venture into town I come home exhausted. Even if I only have a few errands, the drive alone over these devastated roads if enough to wear me out. Whether it be grocery store, doctor’s office, pharmacy, or the never-ending search forContinue reading “Maria, Maria: Diary of a Category 5 Hurricane, Third Quarter”