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.

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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My Primary Picks

This post is for you, Massachusetts voters! Our primary is less than two weeks away — the day after Labor Day, and the day kids go back to school. Who the hell thought that was a good idea? No one … Continue reading

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Thinking About Liz Cheney

On the landing of my grandmother’s house, two very tall matching mirrors faced each other across 10 feet of carpet. When I looked into one of them, I could see duplicates of myself endlessly receding into the glass. If I … Continue reading

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How Hot Is It?

Not as hot here on Martha’s Vineyard as in some other places, but it’s hot, and muggy, and it hasn’t rained in many weeks. I don’t track the temperature or the humidity, but here’s my data point. I generally do … Continue reading

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July License Plate Report

Unlike the June report, July is being posted in a reasonably timely fashion. It really is August 6. Compare the top of this map to the top of June’s and you’ll see that July was a very good month: only … Continue reading

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Fourth of July

Yeah, it’s the sixth already, but here’s a comment about the parade that I just posted on Lucian K. Truscott IV’s Substack (to which I subscribe and where I frequently comment). I live in a small town on the largest … Continue reading

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June License Plate Report

Just so you know, I’m shamelessly backdating this report. It’s actually August 6. Around the third week of July it dawned on me that I’d never posted the June license plate report — not because I had nothing to report, … Continue reading

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The Search for Kong

I couldn’t find Kong anywhere. My apartment is not large. Kong is not small like an earring. But Kong was nowhere to be found. Kong — or, more formally, Kong Wobbler — is one of Tam’s favorite toys. The top … Continue reading

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