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On My Way: A frolic in the pond

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A sunny sky with temperatures in the low thirties and 0 to 5 knots of wind. These were the conditions I was looking for...

On My Way: The surprises of Chappy

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Chappaquiddick Road was paved in yellow bricks. The road was level and straight, with low brush on either side. Becham, my trusty terrier-mix companion,...

On My Way: Sepiessa and Long Point

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We heard the waves crash at Sepiessa Point looking out over Tisbury Great Pond. We saw the waves crash at Long Point looking out...

On My Way: Bike ride euphoria

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The bleached-white tree trunks worn smooth by wind and water over the many years sprouted up from the otherwise green carpet of forest on...

On My Way: To the fair

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I wheeled my bike out of the shed. I took my helmet from the peg. My water bottle was full, and I was wearing...

On My Way: Adventure on the water

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On a recent sweltering Saturday, my cousin Anne and I set out in our kayaks across the waters of the Lagoon. I was in a...

On My Way: Cross-Island Hike

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The 2022 Cross-Island Hike, sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank, was as much a celebration as a 19-mile trek. For the uninitiated, including myself...

On My Way: A carpet of pine needles

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A few weekends ago, on a hot day without a whiff of wind, Becham, my 7-year-old terrier-mix pup, and I left my parents’ home...

On My Way: Biking Pennywise Path

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I had wanted to be back in the saddle for some time. It had been a few months. Usually, a few times over the...

On My Way: Walking King’s Highway

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We came to the end of the yellow trail of the Middle Road Sanctuary, and were confronted with three options: We could turn back...

Brushstroke by brushstroke

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The brush in his hand, the art paper taped to a backing on his easel, the palette of paints and the water ready to...

Lifting the veil

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The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) planted a seed of hope on the Island nearly a dozen years ago when it offered the...

Growing together at Daybreak

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— Members of the Daybreak Clubhouse of M.V. Community Services — a program for adults with mental illness — flourish day in and day out...

Mental Illness: The attack, and the PTSD that followed

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We opened this series on mental illness with Hermine Hull’s touching piece about her struggles with depression (bit.ly/HHDepression). Last month, Martha’s Vineyard Times contributor...

Mental Illness on Martha’s Vineyard: In the bunker

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We opened this series on mental illness with Hermine Hull’s touching piece about her struggles with depression (bit.ly/HHDepression). Martha’s Vineyard Times contributor Jonathan Burke,...

Mental Illness on Martha’s Vineyard

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) was taught to a group of about 20 at the Oak Bluffs Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 23. MHFA...

Mental illness on Martha’s Vineyard: Life and death with severe bipolar disorder

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The Times has run several stories on Vineyarders suffering with mental illness. For others, see: bit.ly/MVMentalillness Leslie’s husband suffered from bipolar disorder — a mental...

An anxiety story: He just doesn’t talk

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Sam is 23 years old, and does not speak. He has an anxiety disorder called selective mutism (SM). He understands language, but he is...

Mental Illness on Martha’s Vineyard: On the run with schizophrenia

In his book, “People and Predicaments,” Dr. Milton Mazer described the study he conducted on Martha’s Vineyard beginning in 1961, which showed that incidences...

Mental illness on Martha’s Vineyard: Losing one’s life to food

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In his book, “People and Predicaments,” Dr. Milton Mazer described the study he conducted on Martha’s Vineyard beginning in 1961, which showed that incidences...