Category Archives: musing

On Paying for Local News

Just before Thanksgiving, the Martha’s Vineyard Times announced that as of January 2, 2020, it would be going to a paid-subscription model. This is a big deal. Founded in 1984, the paper has been delivered free to all Vineyard postal patrons … Continue reading

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

Indulgence

In 2019 my car and my teeth have eaten up most of my disposable income. More than my disposable income: the rear brake job in the spring took three months to pay off, and it’s just been joined by the … Continue reading

Posted in dogs, musing | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Hunting Season

It’s Sunday in the middle of shotgun deer season and there’s no hunting on Sunday so I didn’t wear my orange vest when Tam and I went out this morning. Shotgun deer season began the Monday after Thanksgiving and runs … Continue reading

Posted in musing, outdoors | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On Living in Bubbles

I’ve been accused of living in a bubble. It’s true: I live in a bubble. Several bubbles. Bubbles have a bad rap. If someone accuses you of living in a bubble, they generally mean you associate only with people who … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, musing, public life, writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post-Veterans Day Musing

I don’t “celebrate” Veterans Day but I do indeed observe it. I notice. I take note. Coming of political age during the Vietnam War, I was not favorably disposed to either the military or the U.S. government. In the decades … Continue reading

Posted in musing, public life | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Rice

Almost every time I cook rice, I remember my mother warning me not to lift the lid while it was cooking because then it wouldn’t come out right. Somewhere along the way I got brave and discovered that this isn’t … Continue reading

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

Singing in “Messiah”

I happily wish “Merry Christmas” to everyone I know who celebrates it, and “Season’s Greetings” to those who may not, or who celebrate more than one of the season’s holidays, of which there are quite a few. The common denominators … Continue reading

Posted in music, musing | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Voting Pep Talk

Long time ago, like in 2012, I blogged “Should We Be Required to Vote?” My answer was no. It’s still no. At the end of that blog post I wrote “People fight hard and even die for the right to … Continue reading

Posted in musing, public life | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Registering Voters

Yesterday — a perfect sunny, almost summery Saturday the likes of which we’ve seen few of in recent weeks — I spent six hours at the West Tisbury library sitting behind a “register to vote” table. This was part of … Continue reading

Posted in musing, public life | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

I is for Islander #AtoZChallenge

Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? An islander is someone who lives on an island. Both the Vineyard Gazette and the Martha’s Vineyard Times initial-cap “Island” and “Islander” when Martha’s Vineyard is referred to, and so do many people who live here. … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, musing, writing | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments