Our Tropical Journal

Bienvenidos. Here's our place to share finca and island news, memories from guests, as well as ideas, recipes, and assorted ramblings from the hammock...

Adios… in case you haven’t heard.

After 23 years at the helm, friends, I am excited to announce we are letting go, passing the stewardship of the finca to a long time finca guest, and dear friend in Puerto Rico, Sylvia de Marco. Having lost my husband, Bill, to cancer last year, six weeks before Maria, it was too much for… Read more »

Work. Stay. Love.

I’m home and almost settled after three weeks at the finca. Three weeks of lots of work, and lots of wonder; of being overwhelmed for days on end by loss and joy, both. I don’t know if I’ve ever returned from a trip — anywhere — with so many folks asking to hear about how… Read more »

after & before. knowing & going.

The last time I wrote it was before we knew anything. To think of the sweet innocence; having no idea of the devastation of the finca, of Puerto Rico, the hardship for thousands, and the current administration’s unconscionable neglect of it all. Who could have imagined any of it? Now, after four months, I’ve found my… Read more »

Unknowing

I am going to try to write. It’s all I can do, after giving money and answering this morning’s batch of sad, worried questions and fretting my way through the little bits of news. I’m beyond distracted. Like so many of us with loved ones in Puerto Rico, I’m in the unreal world of not… Read more »

La Lucha Continúa

This is so tough. In addition to the grim issues facing us, just learning how to balance the required responses, with life, is hard. Life. Remember life before this takeover/election/inauguration? Remember spending time thinking about what to cook for dinner? — how best to finish that quilt for a grandchild? Choosing the right paint color… Read more »