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Oak Bluffs: Centennial voting celebration

This week could be described the same as last week, except there seems to be more: more people, more sickness, and more waiting for some rain to ease the drought somewhat. So many lawns...

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...

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...

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...

Oak Bluffs: Reaching out to others

Much is different, yet some things remain the same. As in years past, gardeners are proudly showing off their early crop yields of tomatoes and cucumbers. It seems impossible to me to acknowledge that...

Oak Bluffs: Planning for the school year

I don’t know what went on in your neighborhood on the Fourth of July, but we were surrounded by the loud explosions of fireworks in the nights before, during, and after that date. Sunday...

Oak Bluffs: Enjoying summer parks

The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage. So said Thucydides, Greek historian, c. 460 – 401 B.C. An apt quote as we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday...

Oak Bluffs: Changes on Circuit Avenue

We are fast approaching the July Fourth weekend, and the weather certainly feels like it. Hot and humid, the wish for beach lovers, has arrived. For me and the dog, Chance, it means fans...

Oak Bluffs: Change for all generations

“Summer comes with a bound, winter comes yawning.” So says the Old Farmer's Almanac about the summer solstice on June 20. It seems impossible that we are rapidly headed toward the longest day and...

Oak Bluffs: Showing how much we care

As I look out onto the front yard at all the beauty, the flowers — purple lilacs, bright pink rhododendrons, the driveway lined with the yellow yarrow and purple iris, I can’t help but...

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...

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...

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...

Oak Bluffs: Gifts to support nonprofits

And here is May, the month of sun, warmer weather, less rain, flowers starting to bloom, May baskets, and Mother’s Day wishes. “Richer than I you can never be, I had a mother who...

Oak Bluffs: Remember to continue

Hip! Hip! Hurray! It’s the first Monday in May and after a few weeks' pause, what I will write next Monday will be in the Thursday, May 14, print edition of the Times. The...

Oak Bluffs: Reflecting in a new light

Again this week we are awakening to rainy, overcast mornings. But the weather forecasters usually predict that the rain will dry out and the sun will appear in the afternoons. We cling to that...

Oak Bluffs: Thanks to our essential workers

With the advent of a bit warmer weather, our days are now sandwiched between the bookends of rosy pink sunrises and fiery red sunsets. Grasping quickly at the few sunny, warm days that tease...

Oak Bluffs: Keeping traditions

Spring has arrived here in its usually rainy, cool breezes with sunny days peeking in amongst the clouds. Monday last brought us howling winds with gusts close to hurricane force, mixed with a deluge...

Oak Bluffs: Necessity is the mother of invention

If April showers bring May flowers then our Island should be covered in blooms. Daffodils, crocus, and the always-faithful forsythia continue to smile at least, but I am anxious to fill the window boxes...

Oak Bluffs: Our lives have changed

“Blossom of the almond trees, April’s gift to April’s bees. Birthday ornament of spring, Flora’s fairest daughterling.” So said Sir Edwin Arnold, English poet. I do not have almond tree blossoms to gaze upon...