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Grieving in public

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

MV $, selfies with celebs & retake on (not) hospitalized neighbor

It’s generally considered poor taste to talk or write about money, but money is weird on the Vineyard in ways that it isn’t weird most other places. There is often zero relationship between one’s income, class, educational/cultural/financial background, social standing and innate hipness. It’s part of our cultural make-up that people from totally different financial realities casually cluster together and feel good about it.

Piping Puppies and Hospital Privacy

I’ll go even farther: let’s say you and your dog have a special mystical relationship with the plovers and they actually consider you a part of their tribe. They have asked you, during a vision-quest, to please walk around the dunes with your dog at the start of their nesting season.

Potluck and politics

If it’s a small gathering, where you know everyone personally, feel free to send out an email letting people know you have a gluten sensitivity, in case they are vacillating between, say, pasta casserole or kale casserole.

Ancient rights; friends on a budget

Bemused readers ask novelist Nicole Galland for her take on navigating the precarious social landscape that comes with living on the Vineyard. Nicole, who...

Shopping Cart Valet

Are people prickly or what? I feel like I can't breathe without someone snapping at me to stop. Yesterday, I got yelled at by a friend, a co-worker, and someone I didn’t know in a store. I got honked at twice. Even my dog growled at me.

Boundaries and Burgers

Boundaries and Burgers

To Honk, or Not To Honk

To Honk or Not to Honk

What to say and where to stand

Clamming and Movie Theaters.

Cancer and the Facebook friend

Cancer and the Facebook friend

“Ex” expiration dates and when dates ≠ dates.

"Ex" expiration dates and when dates ≠ dates.

Too much smiling?

Ferry reservation ethics.

Doctor in the produce aisle; ex at the dinner party

The doctor in the produce aisle and the ex at the dinner party.

Shopping cart etiquette and breaking rules.

Shopping cart etiquette and breaking rules.

Book lovers talk about books

In a continuing series, The MV Times asks book lovers to describe a memorable book that has made an impact, and continues to affect them.

Shakespeare for the Masses returns with “King John”

As usual with Shakespeare for the Masses, the adaptation is short, funny, and physically lively.

Vineyard Playhouse’s Shakespeare for Masses presents “Julius Caesar”

"Julius Caesar" features Jill Macy, Christopher Roberts, Chelsea McCarthy, Brian Ditchfield, Rob Myers, and more.

“Measure for Measure” at Vineyard Playhouse

Got problems? Get a little perspective on 'em with the help of Shakespeare's most famous "problem play," "Measure for Measure" Dec. 28 and 29.

Shakespeare for the Masses returns with “Pericles”

The Vineyard Playhouse's series Shakespeare for the Masses opens its third season Friday night with their tongue-in-cheek version of "Pericles, Prince of Tyre."