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.

Standout Saturdays

The weather for last Saturday’s “Stand Up!” standout was pretty lousy, but more than a dozen of us braved the rain and chill and stood out anyway. Plenty of passing motorists honked their support. The organizers — a bunch of … Continue reading

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Get Ready to VOTE!

Hey, if you’re on the island this Saturday, come on down to Five Corners around noon! Bring friends! Bring signs supporting the candidates and issues that matter to you! That morning, at 9:30 a.m., Howes House, West Tisbury, the MV … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Senator Susan Collins

Dear Senator Collins: You don’t know me. I’m not even a constituent. I grew up in and have lived the last 30+ years in Massachusetts. Like many another New Englander I think of New England as home. Though these six … Continue reading

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September License Plate Report

Two good catches for September, one at the beginning of the month (Oklahoma) and one at the end (Montana). After scanning my updated map, I realized I had colored Montana in but not added it to the list. That’s now … Continue reading

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How to Make Popcorn

Sometimes one just has to have popcorn for supper — or breakfast or lunch, but for me it’s always supper. Last night was the night, so here’s how I make popcorn. My method does not involve prepackaged popcorn or the … Continue reading

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Grayroots Rule

Of course I knew fashion designer Lorraine Parish by name — didn’t I pass her stylish shop every time I drove in or out of Vineyard Haven? But Fashion and I don’t exist on the same planet, so even though Martha’s … Continue reading

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Primary Day at the Polls

Tuesday’s primary election didn’t eat up all of my day, but it consumed most of it — especially if you include going to see RBG, the acclaimed documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Vineyard Haven library at … Continue reading

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August License Plate Report

August was looking like a total bust, then what should drive by while I was pulling out of the library parking lot in beautiful downtown West Tisbury but Nebraska. Moral of story: Good things happen when you go to the library. … Continue reading

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Of Primary Importance

Way back in the spring I wondered whose bright idea it was to schedule the primary for the day after Labor Day. Good grief, thought I, we’ll still be catatonic from summer and who has time to think about politics when you’re … Continue reading

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July License Plate Report

Sorry, I’m running a little late here . . . Sighted in July: Michigan, Wisconsin, Washington (state), Louisiana, New Mexico, and Idaho. The first three were later-than-usual sightings. Louisiana can be tricky, and for some reason I saw several Arizonas … Continue reading

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