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West Tisbury: Virtual Agricultural Fair

I have cried almost every day since Donald Trump became president, and can still feel the physicality of shock as I watched the returns...

West Tisbury: Blooms at Parsonage Pond

The Island feels a bit emptier today, as my dear Giulia Fleishman left on an early boat to head back to rabbinical school on...

Max Decker paints in narratives, capturing everyday life in his work

Max Decker is a very competent landscape painter, but he is an exceptional figurative painter. He calls it narrative, as in telling a story,...

West Tisbury: It’s good to have friends with gardens

Another hot, humid week. We had a little rain, very little, just enough to wet the grass and cool the air for an hour...

West Tisbury: Edible zucchini blossoms

It rained last Wednesday morning, the most beautiful sound. I wish it would have continued all day, but it stopped, quickly soaking in, then...

West Tisbury: Toward a simpler lifestyle

Hazy, hot, and humid weather continued through last week and the weekend. I had hopes for some rain, but nothing. Our abundant spring rains...

An artist’s gift

Right before July Fourth weekend, there was an ad in the newspaper by West Tisbury artist Marie-Louise Rouff. It said that in honor of...

West Tisbury: Slowing down, taking notice

White petals covered the lawn beneath a kousa dogwood tree in my backyard, making the ground look like there had been a summer snowfall,...

West Tisbury: Finding a place of sanctuary

This morning I looked at an online map of coronavirus spread, and was shocked at the thick red areas covering much of our country....

West Tisbury: In touch with nature

Rain over the weekend brought relief to parched gardens and hose-weary gardeners. It has also washed away the pollen that has coated everything in...

West Tisbury: Emerging signs of summer

Summer formally arrived on June 20, the summer solstice and longest day of the year. The weather has been lovely, a string of sunny...

West Tisbury: Preparing for a new season

I am writing this column early Monday morning, the 15th of June. It’s a gray morning, cool, a respite after a warm week. I...

West Tisbury: Looking to the future

If there is a more spectacular garden combination than orange Oriental poppies and dark purple Siberian iris, I don’t know what it is. That...

West Tisbury: Next phase of the season

Where to start. Over 100,000 Americans dead, over a million infected with coronavirus. Our country ablaze in violence after the merciless killing of George...

West Tisbury: Decoration Day memories

I am writing this column on Monday morning, Memorial Day. The weekend brought heavy rain on Saturday, followed by bright sunshine on Sunday. Today...

West Tisbury: Flowering trees and bushes

The windows are wide open, sun pouring in, and the fragrance of new-mown grass. Mike is mowing for the first time this spring. The...

West Tisbury: Hats off to the library

A new distraction appeared in our house moments ago. Mike brought in the cabinet he made for my dollhouse. It is more than I...

West Tisbury: Local pottery shaping the way

“Tra la! It’s May! The lusty month of May! That lovely month when ev’ryone goes blissfully astray.” So sang Queen Guinevere in “Camelot,” a musical...

West Tisbury: Restoring inside and out

May 1 is right around the corner. Hard to believe, as we had frost last week, and there were a few mornings when the...

West Tisbury: A daffodil drive

It’s hard to start this week’s column. I don’t know what to say. I go back and forth between being grateful and being horrified. My...
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