Sunday, January 16, 2022

Town Columns

Chilmark: And now back to being thankful

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Thanksgiving, the concept of a shared meal of gratitude, was a holiday potluck food orgy with 25 people crammed into a 450-square-foot West Side apartment when I was in my twenties. My extended family...

Edgartown: Silver linings

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Happy Thanksgiving! Even with all the challenges in the last couple of years, the trials and tribulations of COVID, the political discord, and the heaviness that seems to permeate day to day life some...

Tisbury: I’m quite proud of myself

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Heard on Main Street: A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. The Louisa Gould Gallery invites you to their annual Holiday Small Wonders Show, offering new affordable artworks in...

West Tisbury: I was very lucky

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I have nothing but happy memories, which makes me lucky, I know. My mother always made a festive dinner and gathered as many relatives and friends as she could....

Aquinnah: A day of remembrance

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The 52nd Annual National Day of Mourning will be held on Nov. 25, at noon on Cole's Hill (above Plymouth Rock), in Plymouth, Mass. The event is created and facilitated by United American Indians...

Chilmark: Are tornado warnings becoming more commonplace?

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Condolences to the extended Healy family and friends on the loss of Kent Healy. Although I did not know him as a friend, we certainly said hello and had a few brief conversations over...

Edgartown: That snuck up on me pretty quickly

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Nov. 11 turned out to be a lovely day to celebrate and thank our veterans. I remember some mighty cold ceremonies at Ocean Park when my kids were little but last Thursday was a...

Tisbury: Don’t take yourself too seriously

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Heard on Main Street: Don’t take yourself too seriously; no one else does. The Vineyard Haven library now welcomes visitors to the children’s room, though there is a time limit of 25 minutes and a...

West Tisbury: I can see the sky

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I can see the sky! After all the storms and wind, enough of the leaves have fallen that there are clear patches of sky above our yard and through our woods, enough to see...

Aquinnah: Love loves love

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Such heartbreak this week, with the death of the great June Manning last Monday. June did so much for her family and community that it actually feels as if we have lost more than...

Tisbury: Better to be safe when you can

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Heard on Main Street: Fly the flag. It’s Veterans Day. You’d never know it wasn’t still summer. Most weekends it is impossible to book any ferries. I don't remember these problems in the past. Although...

West Tisbury: Birthday cake for breakfast

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The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Veterans Day. My father’s and brother Mark’s birthdays. My brother-in-law Edward’s, too. It was always a festive day in our house when I...

Edgartown: The last two weeks have been a wild ride

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The last two weeks have been a wild ride. Starting with the huge nor’easter causing so much damage heading into Halloween weekend to the wind and rain over that weekend that lead to crazy...

Chilmark: The leaves are in full fall regalia

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When I moved to the Island 16 years ago I bought a used 2005 Subaru Forester. That car was passed onto my youngest son at least eight years ago. He just finished putting a...

Aquinnah: An odd combination but the truth

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If you have not seen it yet, you must check out Padma Lakshmi’s “Taste of the Nation: Holiday Edition.” It came out on Hulu last Thursday and the second episode, “Truth and the Turkey...

Edgartown: Everything is still mostly green

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I write this week from the highway heading home from New Hampshire, where we spent the weekend with friends and family. Our girl Kiana came down to Seabrook from UNH to hang with us...

Chilmark: We’ll be cleaning up from this storm for weeks

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I'm writing this on Halloween, having just hung up with a friend whose power was restored this morning in the Seven Gates area. It is Day of the Dead and another friend encouraged me...

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,...

West Tisbury: Kent will be missed

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The sky has been so dark and clear at night since the nor’easter last week. Stars appear more numerous, the moon a mere sickle-shaped sliver. The thermometer read 38 degrees this morning when I...

Aquinnah: Last week was a lot to manage

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Last week was a lot to manage. First there was that very intense nor’easter that came through Tuesday night and lasted through Wednesday, knocked out power all over the Island. Here in Aquinnah, most...