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West Tisbury: Quiet time

It’s already noticeable that the sky is light later into the afternoon. Finally it’s cold enough to have icy patches on the lawn and...

West Tisbury: Taking down the Xmas tree

I’ve always wondered why people take their trees down the moment Christmas Day is over. Recently someone told me that her tree was down...

West Tisbury: Library lineup

It’s still dark enough for the Christmas tree lights to show against the early morning sky. No one is up yet except me, and...

West Tisbury: Holiday magic

It’s early in the morning, barely light out. This is my favorite part of Christmas, sitting downstairs with just the tree lights and silence,...

West Tisbury: dreaming of a white Christmas

It was such a treat to wake up to snow Wednesday morning. When I opened the door for Nanuk and the cats, there was...

West Tisbury: Santa at the station

I’m writing this after attending my favorite event of the whole year, the arrival of Santa Claus at the West Tisbury Fire Station. I...

West Tisbury: Lighting up the season

I love driving home at night this time of year, seeing all the lights and decorations brightening my way. The tree at the turn...

West Tisbury: Thanksgiving recap

It’s the last weekend in November. Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now we rush forward towards “the holidays,” Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, with parties,...

Nature nurturers retire from Polly Hill

“Who could imagine such a place?” said Arboretum founder Polly Hill.Her quote began an article commemorating the 20th anniversary of Polly Hill Arboretum...

West Tisbury: Friendsgiving

I was so disappointed to wake up Friday morning to find the snow washed away except for a few wisps caught in the grass...

West Tisbury: Corn pudding time

It’s finally gotten cold enough to start the woodstove in the evenings, and these past few mornings, as well. Leaves are mostly down now,...

West Tisbury: Cozy Farmers Market

I don’t remember seeing foliage so brightly and diversely colored on the Island before this year. Take a look at the trees surrounding the...

West Tisbury: Whether the storm

After ominous weather reports and a day spent in preparation, Saturday’s nor’easter turned out to be not much of a storm. There was wind...

West Tisbury: Driving with Ms. Kirchmeier

Ruth Kirchmeier and I drove to the Vineyard Playhouse on Saturday evening to the opening of Marie-Louise Rouff’s exhibition there. The trip allowed us...

West Tisbury: Noticing nature

It always surprises me to find the odd myrtle flower or a few blossoms on our rhododendrons every fall. An unexpected gift. A reason...

West Tisbury: Trash day

“We could have held a town meeting at the transfer station,” my husband said when he got home from taking our recycling in this...

West Tisbury: A little Scott’s Grove history

After complaining for most of the summer about the lack of rain, it seems appropriate to begin this week’s column by stating my gratitude...

Ribbon is cut at Scott’s Grove

A group of local and Island residents and dignitaries gathered Thursday afternoon to mark the completion of nine affordable apartments in West Tisbury, a...

West Tisbury: The comfort of cat love

Nelson is sleeping peacefully on my chest. I had planned to attend a couple of events over the weekend that would have given me...

West Tisbury: On watch

I have spent much of the past few days watching Hurricane Florence approach the Carolinas and Georgia, then seeing the devastation from wind and...