Category Archives: Martha’s Vineyard

Going to Church

When I moved to Martha’s Vineyard, I wasn’t surprised by the number of churches. The town I grew up in west of Boston, population about 10,000, had one for every denomination I’d ever heard of at the time (which isn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, musing, public life | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Undercover in the Summerland

Ta-Nehisi Coates might be the best, most challenging, most important writer I’ve read in years. I’ve been following his blog on TheAtlantic.com for a while now. His Atlantic essay “The Case for Reparations” is must-reading for anyone on the verge of rage … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, musing, writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

30 Changeovers

It’s changeover weekend — the 30th anniversary of my arrival on Martha’s Vineyard to take a year off. Ha ha ha. I’d saved enough money to live for a year and to buy my first PC — a Leading Edge Model … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, musing, writing | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

July License Plate Report

Hawaii showed up when July had barely started. The month could have ended there and it would have been all good. West Virginia came about two-thirds of the way through. Not a big haul, especially considering the number of cars … Continue reading

Posted in license plates | Tagged | 3 Comments

The Wedding

Why did it take me almost 20 years to find my way to The Wedding? It’s not as though I didn’t know it was there, and it’s certainly not as though I didn’t know of Dorothy West. I read her first … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Sonnets on a Planning Board Meeting

In “Small-Town Journalism in the ’80s,” guest blogger Eileen Maley recalled covering “West Tisbury’s planning board meetings, where much of the action took place. Overflow crowds showed up to hear proposals to chop up large plots of land for housing … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life, writing | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Small-Town Journalism in the ’80s

Guest blogger Eileen Maley was the first Calendar editor of the Martha’s Vineyard Times. I was the second. If it hadn’t been for Eileen, I wouldn’t have wound up at the Times at all: at a West Tisbury town meeting ca. 1987, this woman I … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Martha’s Vineyard Basketball

Slightly adapted from the review I just posted on Goodreads . . . No, I’m not a sports fan, but my fascination with the Vineyard and anything related to race and class is insatiable, so I had such hopes for … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in license plates | Tagged | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments