Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs: Poor February!

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2022 is NOT a leap year. Why, you ask? To be a leap year, the year number must be divisible by 4 — except turn-of-the-century years, which must be divisible by 400. Stay with me:...

Oak Bluffs: I had to read it

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“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” –Abraham Lincoln Here’s your official reminder that Valentine’s Day is next Monday, the 14th. I interviewed a 4-year-old at the Family...

Oak Bluffs: One person can accomplish a lot

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“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”  –Rosa Parks  When Rosa Parks went...

Oak Bluffs: Trust the medical professionals

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“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”  –“Alice in Wonderland,” Lewis Carroll Making sense of the protocols for the current COVID surge isn’t easy! But there is concrete information available...

Oak Bluffs: We all need to use these tools

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“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your JOY and YOU shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”  –Helen Keller I picked up two home COVID test kits at the...

Oak Bluffs: Snowman making first

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“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  –Martin Luther King Jr.  We have stepped into 2022! As I write this, we have had one fake snowstorm (that was just...

Oak Bluffs: Many happy tears

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I was looking for a quote to start the New Year, and I couldn’t find one I liked more than this from Primo Lombardi: “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.” There is...

Oak Bluffs: Deserving of a standing ovation

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When 2021 began, we really did not know what to expect. We did know that we were happy to say goodbye to 2020! New Year’s Eve was more of a collective sigh than a...

Oak Bluffs: Rich in the things that matter

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Tidings of comfort and joy to all! I love the hush that falls over the Island on Christmas Day. All the business of work and school and shopping just stops for a day. It is...

Oak Bluffs: Light an extra candle

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On Dec. 4, I attended a celebration of life for Kent and Maureen Healy. They were wonderful people who contributed so much to the entire Island community that the Ag Hall was filled with...

Oak Bluffs: Speaking of polar bears

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I am thankful for these December days with temperatures in the 50s, but the plants and shrubs seem a little confused! My yellow rose bush is blossoming and even the old rhododendron, who should...

Oak Bluffs: Peace and joy, Megan

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On Nov. 2, Megan Alley announced her retirement from writing the Oak Bluffs town column. While this was sad news for those of us who have loved reading her bits of wisdom and news...

Oak Bluffs: I think it is time for a younger point of view

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There are so many ways and words you may say goodbye: Tchau, TaTa, Aloha, and many more. But I am saying goodbye to you dear readers after almost 19 years of writing this column,...

Oak Bluffs: Being kind

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If all Saints' Day, on Nov. 1, brings out winter then St. Martin's Day, on Nov. 11, brings out Indian Summer. So says the Old Farmer's Almanac. I must remember to see what those...

Oak Bluffs: Ordering logs for the wood stove

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My mind is now on approaching late fall and early winter as this weekend was taken up with removing the air conditioners from the windows and finishing clearing up the flower beds. Ordering logs...

Oak Bluffs: Council on Aging clinics

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Sometimes I think I liked life better “back in the day” when things seemed simpler. I miss the noon whistle summoning us home for lunch or alerting us to a fire, walking to school...

Oak Bluffs: Pop-up book sale

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October is ready to greet us tomorrow. With open arms it waits to coax us into cooler winter, like a decompression chamber easing us into the inevitable change. “Warm October, cold February” declares the...

Oak Bluffs: Climate Action Plan

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I love this weather cycle we seem to be in this past week. Fall breezes and sunshine. Wednesday, Sept. 22, was the Autumnal Equinox. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “As the wind and...

Oak Bluffs: Maritime Month

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Now that we are on our inevitable path toward fall weather, the sun’s pathway to bring sunlight and heat into my house has changed its position. The slant of this projectile is much lower,...

Oak Bluffs: Concert at P.A. Club

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“Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.” So said Hal Borland, American naturalist (1900-78), according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. I think we all are...