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West Tisbury: Travels

Last week was hot and sunny, perfect for haying. Driving past hayfields of swaying grasses, then seeing them cut and baled or rolled, is...

Chilmark: Sunday softball

Summer has officially begun, not because it is after June 21, but because Bill Edison, former Pasture Road Softball Commissioner, is back in town,...

Chilmark: Small world

It's Tuesday morning, and I just removed a tick from my hip, the larval size, a dark dot the size of a pinhead. I...

Chilmark: Graduates, lobster rolls, and farmer’s markets

More sun and rain; I know everyone's antsy for summer to officially begin. Let's hope by June 21 we have no regrets. I'm proud...

Chilmark: Creekville opening

I may have wished for warmer weather and more sun, but the holiday weekend brought out runners, bicycle packs, families enjoying our beaches, kids...

Collecting after a flood: Gail Ballou

Gail Ballou started visiting the Vineyard when she would pilot a small plane from the N.Y.C. area to meet friends from Vermont in Katama...

Chilmark: Ticks abound

May is sliding by to a wet start, warmer and, let's hope, even sunnier. Ticks ahoy: Check yourselves and your loved ones vigilantly. On...

Chilmark: More gray weather

Fog, rain, a record-length town meeting, and the Women's Symposium were last week. This week, well, more of the same weatherwise, but the sun...

Chilmark: Lambs and other signs of spring

Thank you to Pathways Projects Institute’s Tanya Augustinos, Scott Crawford, and Keren Tonnes, plus everyone else who helped make this another amazing season of...

Chilmark: Vacation happenings

It's school vacation week following a weekend of Easter festivities and perfect weather. Lucy Vincent Beach was filled with visiting families and locals, and...

Chilmark: Lambing season

So that bug turned out to be the flu, which I generously gave to my husband. Then I learned Nancy Aronie was home getting...

Chilmark: Tartan Day

Well, I finally succumbed to a dreaded bug, had a 102° temperature, so missed not only playing with David Stanwood on Saturday as well...

Chilmark: Thinking of Lucille

I was very sad to read of Lucille Plotz’s death last week at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y. I wish her extended family and...

Chilmark: March highlights

The moon reflecting over the water is wonderful to wake up to until morning light fills out the day. It's officially spring, and none...

Poem: Waking

in the white womb of winterwrapped taut against coldanother morning dustingquietly coveringblanket of icethis lethal loveone stepsolidly cracksecho splittingwhat’s frozenunder my feetwakingin the night...

Gardens of Love: Carol Brush

Every time I have the opportunity to drive a Vineyard road I’ve never been on, I feel as if I’m visiting another state. This...

About that Menemsha cottage

I have passed Dave Tilton's home in Menemsha countless times while walking my dogs, and wondered who had two New Hampshire license plates honoring...

Chilmark: Rid the winter blues

I hope you didn't oversleep, and have adjusted to the time change; more daylight is a welcome taste of spring to come. In the...

Chilmark: Cold, colder, colder still

Cold, colder, colder still: Chilmark saw our ponds refreeze, snowdrops die, hardy witch hazel hangs on, icicles hang off tie lines, the Menemsha jetty...

Chilmark: March on

March already! Even in the stillness of winter, time marches on. It is the quietest week of the year, with so many families on...