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I am not a covetous person, but every year when those orange late azaleas bloom at the entrance to the Polly Hill Arboretum, I am seized by a passionate envy beyond all bounds. They...

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of...

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Fireflies are showing themselves, making sparkly patterns in the trees and the night sky when I take Abby out. Happy to note them everywhere, since I remember them being quite sparse last summer. The...

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Hedgerows are at their most beautiful now. All the trees are leafed out, recently enough that there are still variations in the greens, and white multiflora roses vine through the branches. The roses’ fragrance...

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I want to start this week’s column with a welcome to Eileen Maley, the new West Tisbury columnist for the Gazette. It has been way too long. Eileen is a fabulous writer, and one...

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I’m writing this column early on Friday morning, the morning after the big rainstorm we had mid-afternoon yesterday. My woods are shrouded in mist. The sun isn’t up yet, so little illumination, just suggested...

West Tisbury – Garden chats, Freedom Falls, kids and dogs, community seeds, Mind of...

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The weather has been softly moist. Gray days turn into starless nights, the air visible like walking through a cloud. Pollen is visible too, with thickly floating grains everywhere. Margaret Renkl wrote about it...

West Tisbury: Spring delights, Marie-Louise Rouff, blues legends, and Rosemary Confalone

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It’s been nice, then rainy, then a thunder and lightning storm; it’s been a week of weather.  Everything is green, green, green. The big maple trees along the Edgartown Road always surprise me. One day...

West Tisbury: First flowers, Sylvan Heights birds, Parks and Recreation, and town planning

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I am relishing my last views of sky, of twisting tree trunks, of branches and twiglets interlaced. The new leaves are pale green, soon to darken and fill every space, closing in our woods...

West Tisbury: New trees, solar energy, Climate Action Fair, library programs, and play reading

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Baseball has been going on across the street for a couple of weeks now, always good to see and hear, another sound of the season. The Red Sox are starting slowly, a bit above...

West Tisbury: Spring blossoms, tree planting, town visioning, falls prevention, and Paul Karasik

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It’s lovely to have the doors and windows wide open, to be outside with my coffee or a sandwich, walking around, looking at everything coming up, everyday changes in the landscape. One of our...

West Tisbury: Town planning, Humphrey’s, oyster permits, family activities, and Gaston Vadasz

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Town meeting and elections have come and gone. Congratulations to everyone elected to serve on boards and committees in town. Thanks to Dan Waters for being our genial and thoughtful town meeting moderator over...

West Tisbury: Income taxes, elder services, planting trees, library programs, and plant nurseries

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Our dining room table has finally been returned to its tranquil self after a week of serving as income tax preparation central. Mike and I signed and sealed and stamped our envelopes, then used...

West Tisbury: Signs of spring, egg hunts, Richard Tripp, Music Street, and beach cleanup

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Ginny Jones called to tell me about a pair of ospreys that have returned to their nest on the Great Pond on March 17, right at their usual time. Ginny said that Danny Bryant...

West Tisbury: Earth Day, Washington Ledesma, book clubs, and Jenelle Gadowski

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“It used to snow in March,” I said to Mike one morning last week. I had gone out to his workshop to tell him about the lovely morning I was having. I had taken...

West Tisbury: Museum exhibits, Polly Hill Arboretum, jazz documentary, and piano concert

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It’s been an on-and-off rainy week. Sometimes the rain and wind lashes our windows with vigor; at other times it has the softness and warmth of spring. Everything is muddy, as is Abigail when...

West Tisbury: Great Pond, daffodil sale, M.V. Democrats, and Johnson & Ryan concert

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Last Tuesday was the sort of day that makes one glad to be alive, especially in midwinter, when it is such an unexpected treasure. The temperature was in the 50s. The sky was a...

West Tisbury: Spring break, soup and bread lunches, and town voting system

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It’s the last day of this Leap Year in February. Funny to have such a simple solution every four years to straighten out our calendar. It’s also school vacation week, so it may feel quieter...

West Tisbury: Early voting, soup and bread lunches, Howe’s House, and Jennie Greene

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Watching the snow falling Tuesday morning, I kept hearing in my head the lyrics to “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from “Oklahoma” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Of course, I was looking at my snowy...

West Tisbury: Rez Williams, jazz concert, voting by mail, and Ghost Island Farm

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I have been watching forsythia getting ready to bloom, branches I brought inside a week or so ago. Their buds are no longer tightly brown. I can see yellow now, and maybe they will...