Author Archives: Susanna J. Sturgis

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.

Giving Thanks

I like the idea of Thanksgiving — a day for counting one’s blessings, giving thanks, and hanging out with friends and family. Reality is more problematic, as reality invariably is. Notice how, in the run-up to the holiday, news outlets … Continue reading

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Fall Slides Toward Winter

Monday was sunny but cool enough that I kept the front door closed. Clearly it was time to swap the screen insert for its sturdier cold-weather alternative. This I did. Just in time: Monday night’s temperatures produced the first ice … Continue reading

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October License Plate Report

Sorry to be so late with this one: state names have been swirling through my head, but they weren’t on license plates, and I don’t remember ever obsessing so much about Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia in particular. All three of … Continue reading

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If you haven’t voted yet . . .

or know someone who hasn’t and maybe could use a little nudge, or more information, or a ride to the polls — I posted my “Pre-Election Prep Talk” a couple of weeks ago. If you read it, you will recognize … Continue reading

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What We Envision

Like the stillness in the wind before the hurricane begins . . . Dylan’s “When the Ship Comes In” has been one of my most favorite songs since my college antiwar activist days. I still know all the words, but … Continue reading

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Trust Your Eyes

People say this all the time. I do too. It’s metonymy: it’s less about your literal eyes and more about your perception, non-visual as well as visual. But my eyes have been crappy since I was in elementary school, and … Continue reading

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Pre-Election Prep Talk

I thought of titling this “The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good,” but (1) it’s too long, (2) it’s a cliché, and (3) I don’t always agree with it. However, when it comes to electoral politics, it’s a good … Continue reading

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September License Plate Report

September wasn’t nearly as spectacular as the Best August on Record, but I did pick up Alabama. The 2022 tally now stands at 46, with Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, and West Virginia still AWOL. In the last three months of … Continue reading

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Unexpected Visitors

You knew I was going to write something about what’s going on, right? Martha’s Vineyard hasn’t hit the national news this way since the first Clinton visit in 1993. As features editor for the Martha’s Vineyard Times I had a … Continue reading

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August License Plate Report

Best. August. Ever! Which you might have surmised because here I am posting on the first of the month instead of waiting a week, or, in the case of June, almost a month. I went back over the last 10 … Continue reading

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