While the tourists gawk, buy souvenirs and get sunburned, the permanent residents of tropical paradises have harder lives. Here are some of the women I spied hard at work on our recent trip through the Caribbean to Brazil.
I make abstract art -- usually with a needle but sometimes with a pen, brush or camera, scissors and glue, pliers and wirecutters, whatever is there. I have a husband, two sons, seven sewing machines, a big messy studio and lots of other people's art. Life is good!