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West Tisbury: The thirst of the land

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Despite remaining gray for most of the day last Monday, our rainfall amounted to barely a drop-and-a-half. I went out the next morning and dug my hand into the soil; it was still dusty...

Tisbury: Discovering new books

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Heard on Main Street: When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?” One of my best friends, since our early school days, has...

Oak Bluffs: Documentary films

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“I don’t think there is anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower.” –Helen Mirren Remember when the date of the Grand Illumination at the Campground was kind of a secret? Not anymore...

Edgartown: Mid-August events

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After so many years on the Vineyard, I’ve just come to expect and accept the craziness that is summer, and particularly August, on the Island. Until last week. Amelia and I took a mini...

Chilmark: Read beyond the beaten path

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It's the bounty of summer on all fronts, and hopefully a reprieve from the heat. Swimming is my happy place, and it took having a guest for me to get to one of my...

Aquinnah: Summer Speaker Series

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August has settled over us just as hot, humid, and dry as July but with more people. The best escape is the beach, which, although crowded, I find with a carefully placed towel and...

West Tisbury: Parsonage Pond

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The first white mallow flowers have appeared among the greenery around Parsonage Pond. The ever-changing arrangements of shapes and colors at Parsonage, even though it is mostly a filled-in marshland now, and at the...

Tisbury: Literary walking tour

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Heard on Main Street: Sometimes it takes me all day to get nothing done. I am happy to share some happy news with you. Leigh Smith turns 95 on August 15, and all of her...

Oak Bluffs: The magic of summer

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“’Cause a little bit of summer’s what the whole year’s all about.”  –John Mayer  I know summer is not everyone’s favorite season, but it is mine, and always has been. Even 40 years of living...

Edgartown: M.V. Atlas of Life

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And just like that, it’s August, the month that has the reputation of being the harder of the two summer months here on the Island. Island folks have long held the opinion that August...

Chilmark: Foraging, fiddling, garden drinks

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August, oh deer, they seem to be everywhere. Each time I leave my house, no matter what time of day, I've run into deer, whether walking or driving, so be extra-careful on the roads....

Aquinnah: Dawnland film screenings

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Finally, rain. So needed, so welcome. On Monday, August 8, the Aquinnah Cultural Center, in association with the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, will present “Dawnland Films,” a screening of two films at the Aquinnah Circle....

West Tisbury: Hot, dry days and nights

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My husband has left me. Bad enough if it were for another woman, but I have been abandoned for a bright red Troy-Bilt lawn tractor. I have always known and accepted Mike’s attraction to tools,...

Edgartown: Have a great week

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Another week, another column. Am I running out of clever stories and updates to write about? Yes. Am I writing anyay? Also yes. But thankfully, I’ve remembered some things for this week’s column that...

Oak Bluffs: Summer community

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“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”  –Maya Angelou I ran into Brian Weiland last week, picking up trash and sweeping the walkway above the beach...

Aquinnah: Capture the magic

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Summer is moving right along; sometimes it feels as if it is moving too fast. But there are moments where you can capture the magic, especially here in Aquinnah. Last week it was Juli...

Chilmark: The best new thing

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This week walking on Peaked Hill, I passed a 10-inch box turtle on two different walks, both chalking up the only times to cross paths since walking up there over the past decade. The...

Tisbury: Lots of fun

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Heard on Main Street: You're wrong. The 10 commandments are not multiple choice.  You must have seen the great pictures and write-up in July 7’s Times: The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse offers the Fabulists, with Theater...

Edgartown: Endless outdoor activities

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I guess it is officially summer for me. I have completely lost track of what day it is. And as such, I’m writing this week’s column late on Monday, well past my deadline. It...

Aquinnah: A special day

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Aquinnah is really showing up this summer. The 15th annual Native Artisans Festival and Public Safety Day were this past Saturday, and both were wonderful. My only complaint is that I’m not richer, and...