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Oak Bluffs: Our little Island

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Margaret Wise Brown, the “laureate of the nursery,” was born on May 23, 1910, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She wrote more than 100 children’s books, under her name and the pseudonym “Golden MacDonald.” She’s most...

Chilmark: The season has begun

Congratulations are in order this week. Congratulations to Phylis Meras, who just turned 91. The other morning I was so happy to see her turning the corner from Music Street to Middle Road. I...

Edgartown: 20 on the 20th

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I can’t believe that we are already in the third week of May. I’m thinking that the gray, windy weather is playing games with me, but it still feels more like March to me....

West Tisbury: A gift I never tired of

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I have felt a mixture of sadness and gratitude all week since Tony Cordray died. Opening a box of eggs from Flying Skunk Farm has been a daily gift of the most delicious-tasting eggs...

Tisbury: Make sure your vote counts

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Heard on Main Street: Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving. If you find meditation helpful, you may want to take advantage of the Island Insight Meditation Community. Their current Zoom...

Aquinnah: Why does the winter drag on?

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Memorial Day is just around the corner, but you wouldn’t know from the perpetual wind tunnel we are living in these days. I didn’t think it was possible for more debris to fall into...

Edgartown: Little bits of normalcy

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The calendar says mid-May. I know it does. But this weather? It has winter written all over it. What is with this wind and chill in the air? It’s got me all mixed up...

Oak Bluffs: Flower Supermoon

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“I’ve never seen a moon in the sky that, if it didn’t take my breath away, at least misplaced it for a moment.”  –Colin Farrell The May full moon is known as “the Flower Moon,”...

West Tisbury: Dear Zeke

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May flowers. May apples. Shadbush. Every day brings something new. That’s the magic of this time of year, and it all happens so quickly, seemingly overnight.  Harriet Bernstein’s cherry trees that I mentioned last week...

Tisbury: A phenomenal upset

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Heard on Main Street: When in doubt, just take the next small step. I can’t believe I missed the Kentucky Derby this year. A phenomenal upset, with a horse carrying odds of 80 to 1...

Chilmark: Slow Down for Stella

You could construe Middle Road just north of town hall as a massive construction zone with a mountain of dirt rising from Beetlebung Farm, as tall as nearby trees, while just west of the...

Aquinnah: I was reminded why I live here

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I know that I complain a fair amount about the quiet winters here, and especially the winter weather. Usually at some point in April, when it drops down to 32° and there’s a chance...

Edgartown: What a welcome gift

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Hooray, hooray, the first of May. I’m sitting down to start this week’s column after an incredibly warm and beautiful first day of May. I’ve been duped into believing that sunny mornings meant warm...

Oak Bluffs: A flower, a diamond, a sandwich, or a hug

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“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force … it’s an act of infinite optimism.”  –Gilda Radner Here’s your reminder: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. Thank your mother,...

Tisbury: Celebrate all mothers

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Heard on Main Street: Laughter makes the world a happier place. Wishing everyone a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. Celebrate all mothers, including your own. I remember as a child in Sunday school, we were...

Chilmark: Happy Birthday, Nancy

Last weekend, when my son came upstairs from working in the basement, he didn't find our dogs. He went outside and still didn't find them within the perimeter of our dog fence. He then...

West Tisbury: Skipper Manter is retiring

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I have heard the news that Skipper Manter is retiring from the police department, but I still can’t believe it. Skipper has been a policeman since way before I moved to town. George Manter,...

Oak Bluffs: My first plunge

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“Hooray, hooray, the first of May! Outdoor fun begins today!”  –Old Vermont saying This weekend ushers in the month of May. Nothing against April, which offered us the blossoming of flowers and a tease of...

Tisbury: Beautiful blossoms

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Heard on Main Street: Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. Weren’t we all delighted to enjoy a few days of warm — and dry — weather last week? Everyone was smiling as we...

West Tisbury: We needed the wood stove

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Another week of weather that changed by the minute, at least by the day. The wind last Tuesday almost blew Abby’s fur off. The rest of the week started with sunny mornings that quickly...