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West Tisbury: Exploring everything

I’m writing this column on Saturday morning, and although Thursday is the official first day of spring, today feels like it has already arrived....

West Tisbury: On the bright side

If you haven’t been up to Alley’s Store lately, you are in for a surprise. It looks totally different. The long checkout counter stretches...

West Tisbury: The end of solitude

I have a friend for whom March 1 is the happiest day of the year. He says that spring is coming, the days are...

West Tisbury: Wind, wind, wind

The past few days have reminded me of my early days on the Island. I moved here in March and felt, for much of...

West Tisbury: Long Hill

It was with a sense of nostalgia that I drove the Edgartown Road this past Saturday afternoon, heading toward Long Hill. It was a...

West Tisbury: Snowdrops

Driving down Old County Road one early morning last week, I took note of the color of the sky, a soft lavender blue, the...

West Tisbury: Still no snow

Something comes over me every year about this time, the urge to clean and organize our house. The month of January is devoted to...

West Tisbury: Lovers of words

Russell Baker died this past week. He was, for me, the columnist sine qua non. His Observer columns in the New York Times could...

West Tisbury: Political season

Cold and gray this morning, hardly any degrees at all. The wind has died down some. Everything feels frosty and unyielding. My recent gift...

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,...