Monthly Archives: June 2012

Invasive Species

If the ecological police fined businesses for wasting paper, they’d surely cite the Vineyard Gazette every week in summer when its Tuesday edition comes out. This past Tuesday’s paper, however, was worth a look. Being ecologically aware (not to mention … Continue reading

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Young Sea Gull

A recent Tompost on TheTomPostPile (a must for anyone who wants to see and hear more about Martha’s Vineyard), “We Meet Death on the Beach,” reminded me of a poem I wrote in October 1985, just a few months after … Continue reading

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Elizabeth in Edgartown

Here’s the “just the facts, ma’am” version. My slanted, skewed, and otherwise non-objective commentary follows. This Sunday, July 1, Elizabeth Warren, candidate for the U.S. Senate from our state, will be at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown to present … Continue reading

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Rescinders Blocked

Sometimes all a writer can do is scratch her head and wonder What the hell just happened here? At its regular meeting last night, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) considered commissioner Lenny Jason’s motion to rescind the roundabout vote. Lenny … Continue reading

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SMF’s Land Grab Continues

The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation (SMF) — a Vineyard conservation nonprofit that has long since lost sight of its founder’s mission — is still trying to steamroller Ben Ramsey and Nisa Counter into giving up their land on Blue Barque Road … Continue reading

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On the Ballot

It took less than a week for the town clerk to certify my signatures and get my nomination paper stamped by three of the town’s registrars of voters. Why does it take three registrars to certify that a candidate is … Continue reading

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No Dogs! No No No!

So last December the West Tisbury Parks and Recreation committee threw up a NO DOGS sign on the new public basketball court near the West Tisbury School. Trav and I had been using it a few mornings a week for … Continue reading

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I Hate Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

The other day X declared that she’d taken to her bed with raw spinach poisoning. A friend noted that X’s symptoms sounded suspiciously like those of the nasty stomach bug she herself had just gotten over, and she had not … Continue reading

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Fear

I’ve been thinking about fear since last Tuesday’s special town meeting. Well, no: I’ve been thinking about fear since my right retina detached in the summer of 2004 and set me on the road that led to “My Terrorist Eye: … Continue reading

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A Candidate’s Progress

One month to the day after I picked up the instructions and a blank petition (see “Rumor Control” for the backstory), I filed my nomination papers to run for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC). This required a trip to Town … Continue reading

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