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.

Swans a-Swimming

When we drive, walk, or bike past the Mill Pond, most of us slow down and glance sideways to see what’s happening. Something always is, though it’s easy to miss if one cruises through at 35 miles an hour — … Continue reading

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Beyond Dredgery

I just posted this in reply to a comment to my most recent post, “To Dredge or Not to Dredge.” In that post I quoted William Blake’s line about “seeing the world in a grain of sand.” When we talk … Continue reading

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To Dredge or Not to Dredge

Neither dogs nor marijuana was on the warrant for West Tisbury’s annual town meeting last night, so most of the meeting was pretty dull. Most of the 42 articles passed either by unanimous voice vote or by a vocal majority … Continue reading

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Spring Is Springing

There’s been no ice in Travvy’s outside water dish for days now. No need for my trusty Yaktrax. I just put them in the cold-weather drawer to slumber spring away with my fleece hood, scarf, and most of my gloves … Continue reading

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March License Plate Report

The monthly update everyone’s been waiting for — ta-dah! Not a big month — we spent a lot of March hunkered down avoiding snow and/or cold — but Colorado, Minnesota, and D.C. are now on the map. I must have … Continue reading

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First Visit to the New Library

This past Saturday, a week after its grand reopening, I paid a visit to the West Tisbury Free Public Library. Wow. Not to worry: I’ve got pictures. Scroll on down; have a look. I didn’t get to the grand opening, … Continue reading

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Signs on Trees

I walk or drive past this tree two or three or four times most days. The sign appeared about a week ago. It bugs me. How does it bug me? Let me count the ways . . . Forget about … Continue reading

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After being briefly upstaged by missing-plane porn and Crimea porn, weather porn staged a comeback. It was no ordinary storm incoming, it was worst storm ever and it was heading straight for us. Well, OK, not straight for Martha’s Vineyard, … Continue reading

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My Morning

The last couple of weeks I’ve been too obsessed with impending deadlines to have adventures or blog about the adventures I wasn’t having. This morning I had a little adventure in spite of myself. Usually I write for an hour … Continue reading

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Rumor has it that a photographer well known on Martha’s Vineyard coined the term “trustafarian.” This fellow comes from money and has ties to Jamaica, so the rumor may well be true. “Trustafarian” appears in various online dictionaries, like the … Continue reading

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