Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs

Jan. 2, 2020 and here you are reading this column, the first one for the year 2020, which I am writing on Thursday, Dec. 26, because of an early deadline. Doesn’t that date seem...

Oak Bluffs: A box of decorations

This is a first for many of us, as our columns for Dec. 26 must be in by 9 am today, Dec. 18, the day before this week’s edition of The Times is even...

Oak Bluffs: Oriental Martha’s Vineyard Lodge supper

Monday once more brings predictions of snow turning to rain turning to icy travels, as it has frequently these past few weeks. That raises a red flag to me that I might have to...

Oak Bluffs: Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard

Amid all the rain and predictions of falling temperatures bringing snow and ice, we truly do not know what to expect from day to day. But there are many helping organizations on this Island...

Oak Bluffs: Scallop season, holiday season, hunting season

Scallop season, holiday season, and, my least favorite, hunting season have all started with this winter season. Many in my family are avid hunters, and use whatever they manage to bring down. I could...

Oak Bluffs: This rainy Sunday is a perfect day

This rainy Sunday is a perfect day. Yes, a perfect day for reading and resting. I recently read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book, “Have You Seen Luis Velez?” A wonderful story detailing the life of...

Oak Bluffs: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone

Here we are, once again, a week away from Thanksgiving. The weather has been pushing us to accept that outdoor showers and quick ocean swims are over for most of us until spring. Some...

Oak Bluffs: Before the freeze

I hope everyone had time to enjoy the warm weather we have been blessed with over the weekend, because now we are promised a sharp and sudden return to colder low temperatures by Wednesday....

Oak Bluffs: Sending get-well prayers

We succumbed to the lure of the woodstove last week as the temperature took a cooler dip. The heat soon drove us to opening the door to cool off as the fickle outdoor temperatures...

Oak Bluffs: And so the landscape changes

The familiar carpet of green grass I have been accustomed to view from my windows is slowly being replaced by the russet color of leaves that have been dropping from the trees. Now it...

Oak Bluffs: Battery power

Did anyone else besides myself somewhat disregard all the weather warnings about the “bomb cyclone” expected for the Cape and Islands last week? Perhaps we are getting so used to the numerous predictions that...

Oak Bluffs: The three-day nor’easter

The sound of the boat whistle early Saturday morning brought a smile to everyone’s face as it indicated that the three-day nor’easter that pounded the Island was on its way out. At last, after...

Oak Bluffs: Road race coming up

The days are shorter, and predictions are that this past weekend will bring the last of our temperate weather. So I guess we have to be prepared for the temperature change. My cat Spike,...

Oak Bluffs: Hello to October

Hello to October, which will hopefully bring us more of this cooler fall weather, which is a favorite of mine. It also brings more wishful fishermen, women and children quite sure that the act...

Oak Bluffs: Another glorious day

“Another glorious day, the air is delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.” So said John Muir, Scottish-born American naturalist (1838-1914), as quoted in the Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar. We say goodbye...

Oak Bluffs: So many changes

Today is Sept. 19, 2019. Just an interesting bit of info: The date could be written as 091919. How often does such a date appear? So many changes here in the past years that I...

Oak Bluffs: A change in the air

That change in the air has arrived when you know that fall is here. Of course, fewer long lines, less traffic, and fewer people also give a hint of where we are headed. But...

Oak Bluffs: Each season brings its own beauty

Labor Day has come and gone swiftly, and we all seem to have made it through the summer once again. The hummingbirds are still happy at the feeder, and the other birds, and the...

Oak Bluffs: Labor Day crowds

Here we are again four days before Labor Day 2019 and the start of school the next day. There do seem to be fewer people and cars here than a few weeks ago, but...

Oak Bluffs: Everything flowed into place

The Oak Bluffs Fireworks on Friday last went off with great success. If you saw some of the videos of the park during that time, were you as amazed as I was by the...