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Cronig’s car confusion & cell phones

Not my Car and Calls while Walking

Derby Dilemma and Dumptique Etiquette

Derby dilemma and the Dumptiques

Derby Dilemmas

Derby Dilemmas

Stop Talking & Beach Plum Poaching

Stop the Talking and Stealing Beach Plums

After Obama

After Obama

Seasonal Status and Exed Out

Seasonal status and exed out.

Hiring a friend’s kid & Anonymous greetings

You’re not obligated to do something that goes against your own interests unless perhaps her father is in the Mafia. If she’s not a good match for the job, don’t hire her. That’s an easy call. The harder call is figuring out how to break the news to both parent and child with minimal damage.

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.