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Chilmark: New farm stand and floral cheers

Just another summer week, with a car tumbling over the guardrail and sinking next to the Coast Guard boathouse (relieved the passengers were unharmed), a Saturday morning BLM vigil with more than 150 attendees,...

Edgartown: On slow post offices, and other summer hazards

August is here. How is it possible that the summer is flying by so fast, and yet also feels so slow at the same time? And I don’t know about all of you, but...

Tisbury: Be mindful of bike riders

Heard on Main Street: Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how. Wear a mask. Best wishes go to Myra Stark. Accidents are always startling, and it seems to take a while to...

Oak Bluffs: Turn your face to the sun

Wise words from the Old Farmer’s Almanac and this Maori proverb: ”Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.” This isn’t easy to do in these stressful times. But we...

Aquinnah: Library continues speaker series

Massachusetts COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. This is mostly due to parties among young people (two of which happened on the Cape), and people not knowing they have been exposed to the...

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 or two. I have been avidly watching the progress of...

Oak Bluffs: Schools releasing final plan

From all the news reports, I gather we must not let up on our vigilance to cease the spread of the coronavirus. The majority of people I see about in Oak Bluffs appear to...

Tisbury: Local foraging delights

Heard on Main Street: Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint, and he has to touch it. I am so happy when...

Edgartown: History talk at Fisher House

I’m sitting down to write this after spending the day floating on air. After all this time, I sort of thought that having an “official” high school graduation was unimportant. I mean, it’s been...

Aquinnah: Pearls of summer

Happy August, everyone! That’s right, the month every Islander dreads begins on Saturday. This year has been so crazy that who knows what August will be like? Maybe it will be wonderful, maybe terrible;...

Chilmark: The art of return and restore

After leaving last Wednesday's Farmers Market and heading up Middle Road, I noticed four pink pigs running ahead of me along the side of the road, but clearly confused as to where home was....

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 leaving the ground dry again. I could have wept. This...

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 are long gone, and we are having our usual summer...

Tisbury: Mystery packages

Heard on Main Street: I actually wore a sweater last week. It was rather nice. This is July, right? The large numbers of cars and people crowding our Island make it hard to realize that...

Oak Bluffs: Acts of kindness

Remember when life was so much simpler? If you needed to make a phone call, you would dial the number, with no area code needed, or if you wanted to go further back, when...

Edgartown: Learning something new

I sat down to write this column on Sunday night, and put it away. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the state of the world, and didn’t want to write from that vantage...

Chilmark: Summer activities

Back to summer beach days, sunshine, and family. Chilmark lost one of its brightest lights, Betty Eddy, only eight days after reaching her 100th birthday. Condolences to her extended family members, and to the...

Aquinnah: Outdoor market and dining

Rest in peace to John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, who both fought tirelessly against racism and oppression in America for decades. They died on the same day. While the work they did...

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, leaving the tree itself a tall green sentinel. The flowers...

Tisbury: Upcoming literature series

Heard on Main Street: If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. We are all tired of masks and that whole issue. Today I saw some people,...