Posts By: Jennifer Knowles

A Contrast in Colors – Focusing on beauty and resilience in the aftermath of the storms.

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Savanna Goodman is a Pennsylvania native who has been living in the VI for the past 7 years. She describes herself as an eccentric with a unique point a view, a trait that has served her well as the owner of Alternate Aspect Photography and the idea person, coordinator and photographer behind the Our colors Will Not… Read more »

St. John Hurricane Recovery Update: 9.27.17 SJCF-VOAD

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“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success” We are working on expanding strong partnerships with dedicated teams on the ground and in the states so we can identify each partner’s strengths and needs in the unified mission of helping St. John recover and rebuild. By sharing the tasks we will… Read more »

 State of St.John: Hurricane Irma/Maria Recovery Update From SJCF-VOAD 9.26.2017 

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“Today is better than it was yesterday.”  … and this momentum, even if it feels like “going back to square one” or starting over, this is an opportunity to not simply fix what is broken, but to try again at giving the island what it truly needs with the support, knowledge and desire to make it even… Read more »

Irma/Maria UPDATE: SJCF-VOAD Report 9.23.17

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The main message from all community meetings today was – conserve fuel, conserve fuel, conserve fuel!  *Information contained in this article is copied with permission directly from SJCF Director Celia Kalousek’s report 9.23.201 Can you hear me now??? Communications improving with more community wifi and hotspots being activated. The trees are beginning to bloom. People are… Read more »

 State of St.John Hurricane Irma and Maria Update From STCF 9.22.2017 

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Together we Rise! St. John Strong is not just a catchy phrase, it captures the spirit of our community, but even the strong need support to recover from a disaster like this. This is a team effort and boy what a team that has come together! *Information contained in this article is copied with permission directly… Read more »

 State of St.John Hurricane Irma and Maria Update 9.21.2017 

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“Paradise is not lost!” Message from St.John Community Foundation Director Celia Kalousek *Information contained in this article is copied directly from SJCF Director Celia Kalousek’s report 9.21.2017 Communications are limited, as expected, and teams are in the process of making an assessment of damage to the island’s infrastructure. Intermittent calls and internet exchanges are coming through… Read more »

Zenning Out With Ramon Correa

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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

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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 »

Traveling With Pets to the Virgin Islands

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If you have a pet that cannot travel under your seat as an “in cabin pet” and they are not an “emotional support animal” or Service Dog, they will need to travel in the cargo hold. YIKES!!! If this is your only option, then time of year, in particular the temperature is an important consideration.  Read more »

Catherine Perry: Building Her Dream House With Open Arms

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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

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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

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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 »

Share Your VI Story in a Blog Post

What about you? Yes You! We invite You reader, to connect with us and share your VI stories, tips or comments on this blog too! Whether or not you live here, have been here or were born here, your experiences matter. They are authentic and personal and that’s what this blog is supposed to be about. Read more »