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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. Most people seem to be social distancing, and for that...

West Tisbury: Next phase of the season

Where to start. Over 100,000 Americans dead, over a million infected with coronavirus. Our country ablaze in violence after the merciless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Yet I look out my window at...

Tisbury: Open to simplicity and kindness

Heard on Main Street: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them. I am sure that you don’t need to be warned that a close friend’s email may ask you for money or to...

Edgartown: Coming together in strength

I find it almost impossible to write this column this week, as I find it almost impossible to do anything right now. I am so disheartened and dismayed by the state of our country....

Chilmark: New gallery of fine art

As some of you know, our dear Zero, a 15-plus-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, passed away a month ago. Zero so enjoyed his life on this Island, from the beaches to the Edgartown library,...

Aquinnah: Plans for area near Town Hall

It feels strange to be writing this from the peaceful confines of my kitchen while large parts of America are in tumult over years of systemic racism and police brutality. Again. The riots over...

West Tisbury: Decoration Day memories

I am writing this column on Monday morning, Memorial Day. The weekend brought heavy rain on Saturday, followed by bright sunshine on Sunday. Today the sky is rather gray, quiet and solemn like the...

Tisbury: Reach out to local businesses

Heard on Main Street: You did fly the flag on Monday, right? Last Friday morning I was thinking about the children in their Memorial Day parade taking flowers to the harbor. When those kids toss...

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. The oranges we put out for the birds who have...

Edgartown: Virtual ‘March to the Sea’

I have to start my column this week with telling you that if you haven’t gone to the Edgartown School’s webpage to view the video of the Virtual March to the Sea, you really...

Chilmark: Online menus for local goods

It was Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend. After the rain, I drove to Menemsha to walk my dogs. There was a steady stream of cars heading to the beach lot for sunset, filling all...

Aquinnah: More shops are open

The end of May finds Martha’s Vineyard cautiously reopening, and what feels like droves of people gathering outside. The weather this past Sunday was glorious, and that brought many people outside, where it feels...

West Tisbury: Flowering trees and bushes

The windows are wide open, sun pouring in, and the fragrance of new-mown grass. Mike is mowing for the first time this spring. The past few days have really felt like spring, and I...

Tisbury: Shared around the world

Heard on Main Street: You are too blessed to be stressed. My friend, Joan Druett, is a maritime historian and well-known writer who lives in New Zealand. Like all of us, she is in lockdown....

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. They loved the hanging baskets of flowers overflowing with their...

Edgartown: Glimpse of summer

I don’t know about everyone else, but I sure am grateful for the calendar and reminder features on my calendar, so I have some knowledge of what day it is. Since most every day...

Chilmark: Abundant local farms

Last week I participated in a Sing with Roberta Kirn online, which made me so happy to connect with friends I haven't run into, and to be part of a welcome activity I'd been...

Aquinnah: Opening in phases

Happy Memorial Day everyone, we’ve made it this far! While this weekend promises to be different from years past, let’s all be grateful for being safe and healthy, albeit restricted from some people and...

West Tisbury: Hats off to the library

A new distraction appeared in our house moments ago. Mike brought in the cabinet he made for my dollhouse. It is more than I ever imagined. I wanted something with a big surface and...

Tisbury: Delightful surprises everywhere

Heard on Main Street: It’s OK to admit that chocolate helps. And isn’t it wonderful to have The MV Times in our hands again? It is hard to believe that when I last saw my son...