Category Archives: Martha’s Vineyard

How to Survive Summer

With this year’s changeover I commence my 30th year as a year-round resident of Martha’s Vineyard. Traditionally the changeover is when the July people leave and the August people arrive. I’m not sure we have real changeovers anymore: it seems … Continue reading

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The Vineyard We Knew

Everybody elsewhere knows all about Martha’s Vineyard. They’ve read about it on the newspapers. They’ve seen it on TV. The president vacations there, right? Plenty of books mention the Vineyard, or use it as a backdrop. Few are those that … Continue reading

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Moped Accident

Day before yesterday a moped crashed into a pickup on a stretch of road I know well: the stretch where it’s South Road, Chilmark, on one side and State Road, West Tisbury, on the other. This is where Rainbow Farm … Continue reading

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June License Plate Report

An excellent haul for June: Delaware, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Hawaii (!!), Nevada, and Utah, bringing the YTD total to 42. Nine to go — I include D.C., last colony and my onetime home, so the goal is 51. Arkansas was at … Continue reading

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The Morgan Comes to Call

The Charles W. Morgan sailed into Vineyard Haven harbor on Wednesday, June 18, escorted by a local flotilla and her companion ship, the Roann. Built in 1841, the bark Morgan is the last of the U.S. whaling fleet, which once numbered more than 2,700. After several … Continue reading

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Creative Economy?

In the last two weeks, I’ve been attempting to blog about two related events. One was my discovery that preview tickets for mainstage shows at the extensively renovated Vineyard Playhouse now cost $50. The other was the proclamation of the … Continue reading

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May License Plate Report

May started off slowly, but in the second half I scored some good ’uns: Alabama (on Main Street, Vineyard Haven); West Virginia (in the parking lot behind Windemere, where the Spirituals Choir I sing in has been rehearsing lately); Kansas … Continue reading

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Infested

You know those cartoon traffic jams where four cars are stuck in an intersection and none of them can move because each one is being blocked by another? Five Corners looked like that a little after midday and I was … Continue reading

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Stunned

I got the news via Facebook early last evening. There in my news feed was the genial, instantly recognizable face of Pat Gregory moderating a West Tisbury town meeting, and next to it the ungraspable Martha’s Vineyard Times headline: “Pat Gregory murdered … Continue reading

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Whose Story Is It?

I’m posting this to both my writing blog, Write Through It; and my Vineyard blog, From the Seasonally Occupied Territories. I love it when the two converge like this. Earlier this week I read a blog post on “What Makes Cultural Appropriation Offensive?” Both the … Continue reading

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