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Martha’s Vineyard’s women take over

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It is the year 2050, and the sons we mothers nurtured and raised have accepted the intelligence of women; they listen to us and bask in the glory of Mother's advice. They eat their...

We finally beat the ticks

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The Island finally succeeds in reducing the overabundance of deer and ticks and puts an end to the epidemic of tick-borne diseases. Significantly reducing the number of lone star and deer ticks did not ‘save’...

A rising tide lifts all ships

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Ah, the year 2050. We’ve come a long way from 2020. Remember Trump?  When I look out over the balcony of my rent-controlled Vineyard Haven apartment, looking at a completely redesigned and rebuilt Beach Road,...

Martha’s Vineyard in 2040: A test case for the Green New Deal

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On Dec. 12, 2019, physicist Philip Duffy, director of the Woods Hole Research Center, spoke to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission about “The Current State of the Climate Crisis.” He maintained that “the only tech...

We found a way to fix housing

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If you’d asked me 30 years ago if I’d still be here today, I probably would have dismissed the thought. Yet here it is 2049 and I’m sitting at my desk creating this brief...

We moderated our use of alcohol and drugs 

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2030 I’m taking the Cross-Island tram to grab some fresh caught striped bass in Menemsha. With many roads down-Island occasionally washing out (at least until the new seawall is completed) the elevated tram has become...

Six swift boats

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Instead of all the big ferry issues we will increasingly have with dire climate change, how about six harbor spots around the Island where fast, manageable boats could take six cars at a time...

The Aging of Martha’s Vineyard: Planning now for the inevitable

The truism “The only certainty after we are born is that we will die” is life's most somber adage. Given life’s finiteness, it is a tragedy that so many people in the U.S. experience...

The Aging of Martha’s Vineyard: Discerning aging’s social benefits

The social benefits of an aging community at first glance appear more difficult to identify than aging's economic implications. When we consider “social” issues, we enter the worlds of narrative and culture. Stories best...

It never has been easy

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Two years ago I traveled with a small group of Vineyard women to the first Massachusetts conference of Indivisible.Org. Afterward, I wrote an essay for this paper about my experience. At the time, not...

The Aging of Martha’s Vineyard: Economic benefits

Under the leadership of Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard, collaborative efforts are underway to move the Island to be a more age-friendly community. The major impetus behind these efforts is the realization that the Island...

The Aging of Martha’s Vineyard: Community needs, community costs

Over recent decades, the life expectancy of people over the age of 65 has dramatically increased. The Social Security Administration reports, “A man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until...

Hot and cold on the way to old

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According to Marty Nadler’s grandmother, when asked why she went to Florida in the winter: “Old and cold don’t mix.” I had no idea how right his bubbelah was until I hit the big Five-O....

A sense of community broke out

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Since there is no point in looking at a half-empty glass, know that we have a variety of positives to take from the soul-shriveling beatdown your Vineyarders absorbed from Nantucket in the 40th Island...

An aura of friendliness at M.V. Museum

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There is something about museums which can be a tad foreboding. The very word “museum” makes you yawn and think of excuses to stay home and watch a ball game. Unless you are an...

A mile in their shoes

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I have a theory. I have many theories about many things, but this one kept rolling around in my head. So, after seeing a news show host and her guest touch on the same...

Here’s to the shadbush

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Updated 5/9 I think my favorite tree is actually a bush — a shadbush to be precise. (A shadbush tree?) For the past week or so, these resplendent white-flowered showboats have been exploding out of...

Anti-racism begins at home, right here in Dukes County

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Last Wednesday I saw news of a “fun” house party in Newport Beach, Calif., where white teenagers in a big group saluted Hitler and played beer pong with cups placed in the shape of...

We’re blessed, not spoiled

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There are those who say Boston sports fans are spoiled by this run of championships. I prefer to replace that word with blessed. And if you look up “blessed” in the dictionary, there’s a photograph...

Asking the looking glass of a single Island house: What is our economic future?

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Glass is a liquid? It is indeed, but the liquid character of a substance that is so fragile, something that shatters when dropped, can be quite difficult to see. There are, however, two places...
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