Thursday, October 1, 2020

West Tisbury

West Tisbury: Local pottery shaping the way

“Tra la! It’s May! The lusty month of May! That lovely month when ev’ryone goes blissfully astray.” So sang Queen Guinevere in “Camelot,” a musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. I remember the...

West Tisbury: Restoring inside and out

May 1 is right around the corner. Hard to believe, as we had frost last week, and there were a few mornings when the house was cold — 57 degrees, 61 degrees — when...

West Tisbury: A daffodil drive

It’s hard to start this week’s column. I don’t know what to say. I go back and forth between being grateful and being horrified. My life remains mostly constant, being home or in my garden,...

West Tisbury: We’re lucky to be here

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States was over 557,576 on this morning’s news, Monday, April 13, as I am writing this column. And 22,673 people have died in our country.  Here...

West Tisbury: Spring still springing up

We have another new baby in town. His name is Maxim Theodore Lowe, son of Julius and Milena Lowe, born on Sunday, March 29, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Welcome, Maxim. I look forward...

West Tisbury: Days have new rhythm

We have a new baby in town, a joyful and welcome occasion to note. Calib Martins Edwards was born on March 19, at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He is safe and healthy at home with...

West Tisbury: Most of us are watching too much news

Was it only a couple of weeks ago I wrote about joking around with John Alley over something we had both written in our columns? I still can’t believe that John died last week....

West Tisbury: “may you live in interesting times”

As the Island has mostly shut down and there are no events or social gatherings while we are self-isolating, I wondered what I would write about this week. Being fascinated by the science and...

West Tisbury: sudden snow

John Alley and I laughed together over both of us starting our recent columns wondering if March would come in like a lion or a lamb. So far, I lean toward lamb weather, as...

West Tisbury: My house is going to the dog and cats

My house is going to the dog and cats. Abby just discovered a mouse that Nelson must have brought in. She chased it around the dining room and living room until I was able...

West Tisbury: A polling place

This is the last weekend in February, extended by a day to the 29th on Saturday, as it’s a leap year. Sunday will be March 1. Will it come in like a lion or...

West Tisbury: Stories and songs

The grass is coated in frost that sparkles and crunches underfoot when I take Abby out around 5:30 in the morning. She awakens me with a paw, then her whole body’s weight, across my...

West Tisbury: Snow moon

The “Snow Moon” is almost full overhead, bright in the night sky. The name refers to February usually being our coldest month, with the heaviest snows. There are still two more weeks to go...

West Tisbury: I couldn’t be happier

When Sylvia Thompson died, her daughters gave me a jasmine plant that had belonged to her. I had never had one before, so read up on how to care for it. I cut it...

West Tisbury: Puppy is all-consuming

I couldn’t have been more disappointed to wake up early Sunday morning to find wet, soggy, muddy grass where there had been a covering of snow the night before, with snow still falling. By...

West Tisbury: Remembering Nelson Bryant

We had a beautiful night for Abby’s Wednesday 2 am outing. Snow was falling, and the tree branches were bent almost to the ground under its weight. I don’t know if she had ever...

West Tisbury: We couldn’t have begun 2020 with a prettier day

We couldn’t have begun 2020 with a prettier day. It was sunny and mild enough to wear only a sweater when we took Abby for a walk. We met another couple out walking their...

West Tisbury: Our new pup, Abby

Surprises are surprises because they come out of the blue, are unpredictable, maybe require a leap of faith to recognize. Ours appeared a little after 10:30 this morning at the Animal Shelter of Martha’s...

West Tisbury: The Shiny Brite Co.

Will we have a white Christmas? All my childhood memories of Christmas are wrapped in white. The lawn and trees were always covered, and snow always fell quietly outside our windows. There was always a...

West Tisbury: Winter moths

Winter moths flutter and sparkle in my headlights as I drive home from work in the evenings. I recognize what they are, and what they may portend, although grateful that they appear in thinly...