Author Archives: Susanna J. Sturgis

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has two blogs going on WordPress. "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories" is about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard. "Write Through It" is about writing, editing, and how to keep going.

Cheap Gas

The day before yesterday I filled Malvina Forester’s tank for less than $40. If you live off-island but somewhere in the continental U.S., this will not seem worth a mention, never mind a blog post, but bear with me. In … Continue reading

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So Much Depends on a Little Red Cart.

Originally posted on thetompostpile:
Here on Martha’s Vineyard, the town of Oak Bluffs has a rare jewel. A family-owned supermarket on its Main Street. The “Reliable Self-Service Market”. The market is of a type that was once common, the centrally-located…

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New House: Lot Clearing

Several new houses have gone up in my neighborhood in the last year or two. What do I consider “my neighborhood”? Mostly it’s the area within about a half mile of my apartment that Travvy walk through at least once … Continue reading

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My Martha’s Vineyard

Originally posted on From the Seasonally Occupied Territories . . .:
Which Martha’s Vineyard do you live on? All the road maps and atlases agree that there’s just one Martha’s Vineyard, but none of us live on those maps. I’m talking about the…

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Je ne suis pas Charlie

Three gunmen attacked the editorial offices of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. When they left, 12 were dead and 11 injured. In the days since, at least five more have died: four hostages and a police officer. Two of … Continue reading

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Just a Dusting

Tuesday afternoon and evening it snowed and snowed and snowed, but it was snow-globe snow. When Trav and I walked past the school in the dark, we heard the scraping of what sounded like a plow. There was nowhere near … Continue reading

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Sign of the Salamander

Last May 4 a brushfire burned through a patch of woods that Trav and I often pass on our walks, between Island Children’s School and the school bus parking lot behind the West Tisbury School. Six weeks later, I blogged … Continue reading

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My First Visit to Pathways

Early on New Year’s Eve, I made my way up-island to Pathways, a winter happening at the Chilmark Tavern. Pathways is now, I’m told, in its sixth year, but this was my first visit. Chilmark and, beyond it, Aquinnah aren’t … Continue reading

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Year-end License Plate Report

When summer ends and the year wanes, the license plate pickings dwindle to almost nothing. One year I spotted my last new plate in July. So I was pretty thrilled to spot Mississippi — one of the perennial hard-to-get states — … Continue reading

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Dear Senator Warren

Dear Senator Warren: A lot of people I know want you to run for president. I don’t. I really hope you won’t. The bottom-line reason is that you’re too valuable a U.S. senator to be wasted on the White House. … Continue reading

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