Friday, April 19, 2024

Chilmark

Chilmark: Nature walks, live music, indigo dyeing, MVBLM, and Offering of Music and Light

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Note to self: There is always enough time to take a walk. Our neighborhood is unmanicured, hilly, and uneven. It is wildly perfect. Last week my son walked into a cluster of ticks. The coyote...

Chilmark: Mindful moment, Native Earth Teaching Farm, Chilmark Church, and Pathways

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I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to say. There is no way to extirpate grief. Waylon Sauer was only 17. My heart holds Noni, Dan, their children, extended family, friends,...

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The house is filled with blooming geraniums, pink, white, and purple petunias, lavender, and bright yellow, red, and orange nasturtiums. They soak up the winter sun that streams for hours through southern windows. Before...

Chilmark: Ed Pierce, off-road biking tour, Pathways Arts, and artist Bruce MacNelly

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I listen to podcasts and the radio on weekend mornings while doing inside-the-house chores. Sometimes I hear things that I want to puzzle over with someone. My brain doesn’t retain exact quotes. I remember...

Chilmark: DIY carpentry, Holly Nadler, Pathways Arts, and First Congregational Church

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Call Us By Amanda Gorman Grant us this day Bruising the make of us. At times over half of our bodies Are not our own, Our persons made vessel For nonhuman cells. To them we are A boat of a being, Essential. A country, A continent, A...

Chilmark: Sam Carroll, Halloween activities, Befriending Our Grief, and wellness retreat

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Our lives can be lived in ways where we are blessings to one another. Because it was raining, the community gathered in the Chilmark Church to honor Sam Carroll. Pastor John Wesley Taylor from...

Chilmark: Community support, Howes House, Eco Bag, and ‘The Lioness of Boston’

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”In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” –Martin Luther King, “Steeler Lecture” Last week, I dropped social media and picked up the phone, and...

Chilmark: In remembrance, Hunger Walk, Pizza Nights, and Guinevere Turner memoir

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The goodbyes to seasonal friends feel as if they are starting to snowball. This first summer without our father felt like an embrace. Fall is filled with beginnings and endings. I savor visiting with...

Chilmark: Hunger Walk, Native Earth Teaching Farm, singing bowls, and ‘To Walk It Is...

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For some reason, during the month of October, my thoughts turn toward collaboration, reciprocity, and symbiogenesis. Taking care of one another is how we survive and thrive. I joined the CROP Hunger Walk team at...

Chilmark: Garden bounty, North Tabor Farm, Fossil Day, theater for kids, and mobility

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” –Maya Angelou Maya left us a legacy. I try...

Chilmark: Native Earth Teaching Farm, Juli Vanderhoop, author talk, and Howes House

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I never seem to get to the beach before Labor Day. But September and October are my favorite times for early morning snorkels along the north shore, and late afternoon play in the waves...

Chilmark: Grieving process, Seán McMahon & Katie Mayhew, healing sound bath, and author talk

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At our dad’s memorial service, our brother reminisced about the special visits our father made with him to visit with Fannie Jenkinson. She gave him muffins straight from the oven, news of up-Island, and...

Chilmark: Community Church, Chilmark Cookbook, Stillpoint, Peaked Hill Studio, and local farms

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I can feel a refreshing chill in the breeze; am excited for the arrival of a new 2023-2024 planner; expect delays while driving between 6:30 and 8 am and around 2 pm for school...

Chilmark: ‘Why Fathers Cry at Night,’ kids and reading, longevity series, and local farms

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“What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help them to learn.”  –African proverb In less than two weeks, on Sept. 9, at 2 pm, our family will host...

Chilmark: Honoring pets, Douglas West, Simon Gallery, and author talks

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Paul Robeson By Gwendolyn Brooks, 1970 That time we all heard it, cool and clear, cutting across the hot grit of the day. The major Voice. The adult Voice forgoing Rolling River, forgoing tearful tale of bale and barge and other symptoms of an...

Chilmark: Road Race, vegetable garden, ‘Black Man in the CIA,’ yoga, and tennis camp

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I love belly laughing, but I really love seeing families together getting the uncontrollable giggles — the “hand me my inhaler” and “I gotta change my pants” kinda laughter. In my family it happens,...

Chilmark: M.V. Book Festival returns

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Last weekend the Chilmark Community Center grounds were bustling with crowds of readers and writers attending the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival. Shout-outs to our town, all of the volunteers, to Suellen Lazarus, director, Annie...

Chilmark: Book festival is coming

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“I believe in pride of race and lineage and self; in pride of self so deep as to scorn injustice to other selves …”  –W.E.B. Du Bois, “Credo,” 1904  Pride gives you strength. I am...

Chilmark: Island Folk Pottery, berry picking, road safety, ‘Infinity,’ and Backyard Bash

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This week we will honor our dad’s 98th birthday with a meal of his favorite birthday foods: lobster, steamers dipped in broth and then butter, oysters on the half shell, fresh tomatoes from his...

Chilmark: Assistance dog, learning to read, jazz concert, and Constance Messmer workshop

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This week my beloved dog, Bitz, took a final walk. I am so grateful to have shared life with him, and the waves of grief are large. He and his training from Assistance Dogs...