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For the love of pantries

A pantry is a room apart. You can stock it with whatever you want to protect or store away from the bustle of kitchen...

The sweet taste of fall on the Vineyard

The wild fruits of the Vineyard offer themselves free of charge to us humans, the birds, the deer, and all the other fruit-loving critters....

Two owls, two presidents

The morning 9-year-old Oliver Ames met former President Obama, he was checking owl boxes at Farm Neck with his grandfather, Michael Zoll. Back when...

Blue ribbon fever

As August comes along, I start thinking about what I want to enter in the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair exhibits. My latent competitive streak...

To the victors belong the pies

Last Sunday, the Chappaquiddick Community Center (CCC) was the site of serious fun during the 10th annual Chappy Pong Tournament. The tournament was sponsored...

Domestic Disturbances: Seasonal transition disorder

At yoga class a few weeks ago, there were a bunch of new people. I found out later they were returnees from last year,...

Becoming Perennial: Whatever will seed, will seed

My Chappaquiddick garden must have some of the sandiest soil on the Island. After 30 years of adding manure, compost, soil amendments, and mulch,...

Building the Homestead

My father grew up in Pittsburgh, and never learned to like the seashore or the feeling of salt and sand on his skin. He...

Mom’s home cooking

Cooking was not something my mother ever needed to learn when she was growing up — her family had a cook. When she married...

Essay: Blue sky

The beginning of a new year gives us the opportunity to make a fresh start, to make our lives more like we want them...

Domestic Disturbances: I’m tired of being self sufficient

When I was little, I always wondered why I was born into a family that had enough to eat, rather than into a starving...

When Slip Away needs a tractor, Slip Away gets a tractor

From the beginning, Slip Away Farm has thrived on the support of the Chappaquiddick community. The island’s thin and sandy soil is sadly lacking...

Domestic Disturbances: Impermanence and the End of Summer

The fish are jumping at Cape Pogue Pond, breaking the surface of the still water for a quick glimpse of the world above, where...

Domestic Disturbances: On Tree Therapy

What is Tree Therapy?Tree Therapy is a powerful non-prescription curative used to:Reduce the risk of feeling old associated with aging. Treat the indefinable...

Chappaquiddick turns back the clock

For a week in April, Chappaquiddick seemed to come untethered from the normal everyday world and drift back in time to when life was...

Mass. Memories Road Show travels to Martha’s Vineyard

If you had to pick three photos to preserve for posterity, how would you decide which to choose? The Mass. Memories Road Show had...

Domestic Disturbances: Drama at Chappy Point

On a quiet fall day as I rode my bike onto the ferry heading back home to Chappaquiddick, the deckhand said, “Walk your bike.”...

My Wild Food

At the end of summer, our Island turns into a bountiful orchard full of wild apples, pears, and cherries, beach plums, grapes, rosehips, and...

The Jeffers of Chappaquiddick

The way people used to talk about Tillie and Gladys Jeffers, it was as if they were one person. They were sisters, Wampanoag Indians...

Domestic Disturbances: That Chicken in My Window

When I came home at the end of the day, there was a chicken waiting outside my front door, standing there in the patient...