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Ps and Qs: Renting a friend’s cottage

Dear Nicole,I have a friend with a cottage she rents out for the summer. Months ago, I asked her if my family could rent...

MV Ps & Qs: Restroom or reading room?

Dear Nicole,My husband, son, and I had breakfast at the Black Dog yesterday. While there, a man got up from his table and took...

Ps and Qs: Woods Hole friends

Dear Nicole,We are lucky to have a friend who lives in Woods Hole whom we stay with when the ferry gets canceled. Now that...

P’s and Q’s: Why can’t I be your caretaker?

Please enjoy this encore column from Nicole Galland.Dear Nicole, I have a friend who has a very lovely home on the Vineyard in which she...

You’re wearing that?

Please enjoy this encore column from Nicole Galland. Dear Nicole,I recall a time around here when I could head out to a dinner party...

Ps and Qs: Don’t leave, please!

Dear Nicole,It's March, we've been battered by the weather, and like so many of us on the Island, the ferries have Lyme disease. Tack...

P’s and Q’s: Nor’easter

Dear Nicole,Another week, another nor'easter to look forward to. Among the issues that these nor'easters have wrought, I’d like to ask you about one...

Ps and Qs: But I don’t support your cause

Dear Nicole,I have a friend who gets fired up about certain causes and issues, and tends to take it personally if someone takes an...

MV Ps & Qs: Checkout line

Dear Nicole,We are formerly seasonal residents, now retired year-rounders who, for the first time in our lives, do our grocery shopping together. My husband...

Bedside Table: Nicole Galland

First off, I have to fess up to owning an (early-generation) Kindle, which you can see poking out of the bottom of the pile;...

MV Ps & Qs: May I have a ride?

Please enjoy this rerun of an older column. Nicole is on hiatus while she is finishing up a novel that is set, strangely enough,...

MV Ps & Qs: Paying the late plumber

Dear Nicole,My plumber takes six months to send me a bill after the work is complete. Can I wait six months until I pay him? ...

Minding your MV P’s & Q’s: Secret Santa

Dear Nicole,For as long as I can remember, my family has done Secret Santa. When we started we had a $10 limit, and now...

Minding your M.V. P’s & Q’s: Hydrangeas

Dear Nicole,Some homeowners with gorgeous hydrangea bushes have gone for the winter. Is it OK for me to pinch some of the remaining hydrangeas...

But what about cell phones on the beach?!

Please enjoy this rerun of an older column. Nicole is on hiatus while she is finishing up a novel that is set, strangely enough,...

Lend them your ears

“Julius Caesar,” one of Shakespeare’s most-produced plays, has been a hot news topic these past few weeks. In case you missed it, here’s why:...

MV P’s & Q’s: Snubbed

Dear Nicole,There is someone I occasionally run into. We used to have nice chats, but now when I run into him, he all but...

School’s out, and Shark has taught his last class

Dan Sharkovitz began his tenancy at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in the fall of 1979, along with my incoming high school class....

Minding Your MV P’s & Q’s: Year-round residents beaches

Dear Nicole, About those private beaches. I know there are town beaches for town residents, but don’t you think we should delegate one beach —...

Minding Your MV P’s & Q’s: When a young lady isn’t young

Dear Nicole,I am a woman in my fifties. I suspect that most people who look at me think, "She looks like she's in her...