Posts Categorized: VI Personalities

The Low Down on Low Key Watersports – 31 Years of Extraordinary Scuba Diving

Low Key Watersports

When Bob Shinners imagines the movie of his life it opens with him as a young man standing on a Milwaukee bridge in a thick parka. He climbs the safety rail, closes his eyes, and jumps. As he plunges into the icy water, his steel toed boots and heavy winter clothes suck him into the… Read more »

The Real Carolyn Goodlander – A Peek Behind the Curtain of Fatty’s Empire

Carolyn Goodlander is truly a woman of the world. When I met with Carolyn to share lunch and words at the Cruz Bay Landing on St. John, she had just returned from her third circumnavigation aboard the sailboat home she shares with her writer husband Captain Fatty Goodlander, the editor-at-large at Cruising World Magazine, author… Read more »

Local, Sustainable and Wild – A Virgin Islands Culinary Revolution

“He just bought 1000 earthworms on Amazon,” Mathayom Vacharat’s girlfriend whispered to me as I sat down next to her at Ground Breaking, one of the themed full moon dinners presented by St. John Catering and Mathayom Private Chefs at their St. John event venue at the Windy Level. “Mysterious purchase,” I laughed, but we… Read more »

Zenning Out With Ramon Correa

As the sun began it’s descent, the colors radiated a golden hue and a zen vibe enveloped the space. The chaos of the busy town seemed distant from our 260 degree perch. The only intrusions were the distant sounds of church bells, a steel pan band practicing and the odd rooster. I asked this extraordinarily humble man about his life as a disciple of martial arts, a conscious excavator and his hopes for humanity and his Virgin Islands community. Our conversation seemed as limitless as the azure sky overhead.  Read more »

King Exodus

I don’t think I’m a singer, I’m more of a chanter. Chanting is more spiritual to me. Not that singing isn’t. I feel like when you chant a song to The Most High, you chant up an invocation, you don’t really sing it. I bring words of positive messages and try to tap into someone’s train of thought. This is where I like to aim my frequency. Read more »

VI History Month Now

An image is worth a 1000 words, could not be more true when it comes to the reach of Black Utopia Lane in St.Thomas. These ongoing ever evolving images cropped up in the early 80s. They have served as important social commentary and are considered by some to be as culturally significant as a calypso. Worthy as history making? I think so, here’s why. Read more »

Michael Barry say, “Don’t test the water with both feet”

I remember this one time being at Trunk Bay and a Spotted Eagle Ray jumped out of the water in front of us. There were some visitors near by and everyone gasped. Then I said in a loud voice to my son Jackson, “I bet you $100 it jumps again!” Sure enough it did.  Read more »

Catherine Perry: Building Her Dream House With Open Arms

The best advice I can give for being your own contractor is the closer you can be to the project with your tool belt on, the better the chance you have of not running up huge error bills. The “oopps factor” is huge here. And allow yourself to cry! You need to realize there are always going to be mistakes that will need to be fixed and that’s just one of the reasons why it costs so much to build here. Read more »

Meet Captain Happiness: Roberta Marquis of Pirate Girl Charters

power boat rental

Happiness is when I see people on the bow of my boat totally relaxed chatting amongst each other like they are in their own living room. Everybody getting to see something they have never seen before. Like pirate cannons under water. That is one of my goals…to show you something you’ve never seen before. Read more »

Stargazing, Sustainable Building & Motorcycles with Nelson Uzzell

St.John St. Patrick's Day Parade

I remember seeing a large bright object fly over my house and I googled the NASA Space Station to find out more about what it could be. They have this thing called “Alerts for Your Area”. You enter the latitude and longitude of where you live and then NASA sends you an alert … turns out there are lots of people looking at the stars who are also curious about moving celestial objects. Read more »

The REAL deal on renting a vehicle in St. John

What’s the best kind of vehicle? A jeep is always best. If there are only 2 people then the little Suzuki jeeps are perfect. But more people than that it’s not as comfortable as the larger SUVs because they only have 2 doors. Sometimes, if people have kids then it’s okay because kids are flexible and can more easily fit in the back. The price difference is marginal about… Read more »