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.

June License Plate Report

A good month for the West and Midwest: South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa, and Arizona. South Dakota and Iowa never did show up last year, so snagging them both in June is a minor coup. I had a strong assist … Continue reading

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Measles on the Map

Measles came to Martha’s Vineyard earlier this month. An off-island child, presumably here on vacation, was taken to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and diagnosed with it. Before, measles was deep background for most of us. Now it occupies a prominent … Continue reading

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Singing After Charleston

Originally posted on U.S. Slave Song Project:
The First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, in Canton, Mass. When plans were made for the Spirituals Choir to sing at the Unitarian Universalist church in Canton, Massachusetts, on Sunday, June 21 — today…

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Gay on MV

I started this post last fall, after the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce blogged about “LGBT MV.” I’ve been poking and prodding it ever since. What used to be called Gay Pride, then Gay and Lesbian Pride, then LGBT Pride, … Continue reading

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When I’m 64

That would be today, and for the next 364 days until I turn 65. I love birthdays on Facebook. People from all the nooks, crannies, and corners of my life check in with birthday greetings and remind me of all … Continue reading

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May License Plate Report

Idaho and Utah are new on the map this month, for a total to date of 34 — out of 51, because as a former D.C. resident I always include the Last Colony non-state in the tally. The map seemed … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day on Martha’s Vineyard is the quasi-official beginning of “the season,” which is to say the season of crowds, traffic, and unaffordable housing. As elsewhere in the U.S., schools, banks, government offices, and many businesses are closed. Parades are … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Low

For Travvy, the malamute I share my apartment with, breakfast and supper are the high points of the day. Supper usually comes around five o’clock, sometimes before and sometimes after our late afternoon walk. If I’m working at my laptop, … Continue reading

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Two Downed Trees

The snow hung around long enough this winter that I almost forgot what my neighborhood looked like before the snow started falling. Gradually the snow melted. Gradually spring flowers bloomed and the grass turned green. Now the oaks are leafing … Continue reading

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Housing 101

How bad is the housing situation on Martha’s Vineyard? In recent memory (which is to say mine, which goes back 30 years), it’s never been good. No situation is “good” where about 20 percent of the population has to move … Continue reading

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