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So long, Governor

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Heritage Trail is long, winding, and unfinished

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What began as a hopeful promise to a small boy many years ago has grown beyond both his and our wildest dreams. Those long-ago conversations when we had an ambitious vision to create a...

Three years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer

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I write this inspired by a New York Times op-ed earlier this year, “Should Young Americans be Required to Give a Year of Service?” I also note that this week marks the 60th anniversary...

‘Jaws’ fan caps off a Vineyard visit

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Just when you thought it was safe to ride the No. 5 bus from the Aquinnah Cliffs … Let me rephrase. It is perfectly safe to ride that bus, as well as all of the...

Donald H. Lyons: An appreciation

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Curiously, the ministry of a small town newspaper to its readers is not so very unlike the ministry of a small, like-minded congregation united in need. Bear with me on this. In each case,...

Clarity in the smoke

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I recently enjoyed a stretch of time up in the mountains of Northern New England. At the very end of the trip we spent a couple of days in a particularly remote spot. One...

An Island emergency: Not enough bike helmets!

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Martha’s Vineyard is suffering from a critical shortage of bike helmets, a situation that is nothing short of life-threatening. According to my own painstaking research, approximately 47.6 percent of on-Island bike riders have not...

Celebrate Juneteenth? I don’t get it

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This week President Biden made Juneteenth an official national holiday. That means you get the day off from work, the Post Offices are closed, and so are the schools. It means that it is a...

Cape Air adds new wings

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There’s a new commuter airplane on the horizon for Vineyarders. I’ve seen it a couple of times at Martha’s Vineyard Airport, but haven’t been in it yet. Cape Air has purchased 20 Tecnam P2012 Travellers,...

White privilege and me

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I am of the belief the majority of white people in this country — who care, that is — believe they understand what white privilege is. The majority of us do not. There are many...

Civics lessons can save our republic

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One of the crazy juxtapositions about the attack on the Capitol was the sight of insurrectionists slowly wandering through National Statuary Hall like fifth graders on a field trip, wide-eyed, taking photos and videos...

Sign of the times

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It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time — with the right message. As an unpublished author, I've written hundreds of thousands of words that nobody, except for a...

RIP, City Upon a Hill

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Going back to Puritan New England, Americans have considered themselves the rightful beneficiaries of God’s grace. We entered into a contract with God — we do the right thing (maintain a just, democratic republic),...

Not for nothin’, but you heard it here first

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President Trump saved his worst for last — hopefully — as he careens out the door in the next seven days. As White House staffers and administration bigwigs beeline for the exits and Trump’s social...

Lost at sea … on a Sunfish

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OK, you’re off Cape Cod, in your mid-40s, way out in the Atlantic, circa 1989, clinging to a little 13-foot, 9-inch “recreational, personal” Sunfish sailing vessel. Sleeps none — just a dugout “sitting spot”...

Traveling at home

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My life has been full of journeys. As a child I lived in Latvia, Norway, Russia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Portugal, and even occasionally in the U.S. Later in life, my wanderlust led me to...

A boy and his dog

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I get to wake Frankie up each morning, pulling back the cover on her crate. As she climbs up off her bed (yes, Frankie is a girl), her eyes blink, she twitches her head...

Don’t become complacent

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I live part-time in NYC, in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The past few months have been very challenging. The city was dealt a severe blow at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in...

The mask maven of Vineyard Haven

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Updated, Sunday, 4:30 pm* “Move along and keep your head down. Don't touch any of the masks, just take the mask she gives you, and if she's in a good mood, she'll let you buy...

Mixed messages

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Signage has always been confusing on Martha’s Vineyard. I live in Vineyard Haven, and pick up my mail at the Vineyard Haven Post Office. The neighboring elementary school is the Tisbury School, and my...
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