The first is that this Island has provided me with a home and home-away-from-home amid a diverse and neighborly community since I was born. The second is that Dolly Campbell and her colleagues at the Thrift Store were kind to my wife and me, when we were struggling to build and furnish our house here. The third is that the auction has repeatedly given us the opportunity to meet generous people who have jumped at the chance to see things that stretch the mind with questions and awe
I now see that these assumptions affected how I spent my time in the field — where, when, and in what habitats I looked.
The hazy, hot, humid days of summer are with us now. Occasional rains and thunderstorms, otherwise heavy gray skies. Foliage is heavy, too, dark unrelievedly green. The dogs and Nelson seem to sleep all day, worn out by having to hold themselves up against all this weightiness. They leave circles of golden fur wherever they […]
Good-bye, July, we hardly knew you. Onward, to my favorite month of the year. With the Fair and the Fireworks still up ahead, and the Commander in Chief due for his annual visit, we’re really just getting to the good part, the meat of this summer sandwich, so to speak. But what I want to […]
This was the final week for my niece and nephew’s first Island visit, but on their last day we had a real scare when our babysitter was stung by a bee, a first for her, and she turned out to be allergic. Do not delay, call 911 if you have trouble breathing after a sting. […]
There is a memorial tribute to Sheldon Hackney tonight at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center as part of the M.V. Book Festival. Many who contributed to the book “Dixie Redux” will speak. Hackney was president of the University of Pennsylvania for many years and head of the National Endowment for the Humanities under […]
Such sad news in Aquinnah this past weekend. Carl Widdis died on Sunday. I will miss seeing him around town, usually with his family, and getting an annual phone call from him telling me of the Hot Rod and Antique Car show every June. My first summer on the Island I drove my car off […]
Dispatch from week six; Chardon, Ohio.
Okay, let’s get real and ask ourselves some tough questions. For example, what would you do with 40 free lobsters? Or 45 pounds of scallops? How about 62 pounds of swordfish? Buckle up, folks, ‘cuz someone will be faced with decisions like that. The catch is you have to design the best tee-shirt slogan in […]
With school winding down for the year, preschoolers ages three to five years old scrambled to pull weeds, turn over the soil, form planting beds, add compost, and plant seeds. Before school let out for the summer they had successfully planted tomatoes, beans, kale, potatoes, and squash.