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Oak Bluffs: Planning for the school year

I don’t know what went on in your neighborhood on the Fourth of July, but we were surrounded by the loud explosions of fireworks...

Oak Bluffs: Enjoying summer parks

The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage. So said Thucydides, Greek historian, c. 460 – 401 B.C. An...

Oak Bluffs: Changes on Circuit Avenue

We are fast approaching the July Fourth weekend, and the weather certainly feels like it. Hot and humid, the wish for beach lovers, has...

Oak Bluffs: Change for all generations

“Summer comes with a bound, winter comes yawning.” So says the Old Farmer's Almanac about the summer solstice on June 20. It seems impossible...

Oak Bluffs: Showing how much we care

As I look out onto the front yard at all the beauty, the flowers — purple lilacs, bright pink rhododendrons, the driveway lined with...

Oak Bluffs: Learning from history

Flowers and people are increasing everywhere, and the sidewalks and streets are becoming for us, after a few months of staying-home instructions, pleasantly crowded....

Oak Bluffs: Friendly while out and about

Now the iris and late-blooming azaleas have replaced the blossoms of lilacs and goldfinch, and many varieties of woodpeckers are flocking to the feeders....

Oak Bluffs: Holiday weekend

Gifts to me this past Monday morning were the cardinals, chickadees, flickers, and hummingbirds who paid me visits off and on throughout the day....

Oak Bluffs: Gifts to support nonprofits

And here is May, the month of sun, warmer weather, less rain, flowers starting to bloom, May baskets, and Mother’s Day wishes. “Richer than...

Oak Bluffs: Remember to continue

Hip! Hip! Hurray! It’s the first Monday in May and after a few weeks' pause, what I will write next Monday will be in...

Oak Bluffs: Reflecting in a new light

Again this week we are awakening to rainy, overcast mornings. But the weather forecasters usually predict that the rain will dry out and the...

Oak Bluffs: Thanks to our essential workers

With the advent of a bit warmer weather, our days are now sandwiched between the bookends of rosy pink sunrises and fiery red sunsets....

Oak Bluffs: Keeping traditions

Spring has arrived here in its usually rainy, cool breezes with sunny days peeking in amongst the clouds. Monday last brought us howling winds...

Oak Bluffs: Necessity is the mother of invention

If April showers bring May flowers then our Island should be covered in blooms. Daffodils, crocus, and the always-faithful forsythia continue to smile at...

Oak Bluffs: Our lives have changed

“Blossom of the almond trees, April’s gift to April’s bees. Birthday ornament of spring, Flora’s fairest daughterling.” So said Sir Edwin Arnold, English poet....

Oak Bluffs: How our expectations have changed

“March is the month of expectation, the things we do not know.” So said Emily Dickinson, American poet. How our expectations have changed since...

Oak Bluffs: the effectiveness of quarantines

So sorry not to have a column last week but I finally gave in and realized that I needed to take a break and...

Oak Bluffs: Spring is in the air

As my phone continually rings, with the caller ID reading “unknown caller,” I have to patiently wait until it stops that sound, as I...

Oak Bluffs: Don’t forget to vote

“If there is spring in winter and winter in spring, the year won’t be good for anything.” So says my favorite “Old Farmer’s Almanac.”...

Oak Bluffs: Amazing grace

The red skies of morning are beautiful to see, but also bring warnings of storms approaching. Those signs have seemed to prove pretty accurate,...