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Growing Up with Guns

By Susan Robinson Susan Robinson posted this comment on my October 7 blog post, “Gun Store on Main Street.” It’s an eloquent story in its own right so I asked and was granted permission to reprint it here. It’s been … Continue reading

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No Man Will Shake Me From This Land

Originally posted on GODS & RADICALS:
The spirit of my people is wedded to this land. The bones of my Ancestors lie in a small churchyard in rural Kentucky, a place without cell phone reception and filled with people who…

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So Much Depends on a Little Red Cart.

Originally posted on thetompostpile:
Here on Martha’s Vineyard, the town of Oak Bluffs has a rare jewel. A family-owned supermarket on its Main Street. The “Reliable Self-Service Market”. The market is of a type that was once common, the centrally-located…

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November License Plate Report

So I thought November’s big news was going to be spotting British Columbia at up-island Cronig’s in the middle of the month. Officially I’m only tracking U.S. states, but Canada’s western provinces are rare, rare, rare on Martha’s Vineyard, and … Continue reading

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Twelve Years a Slave

I saw Steve McQueen’s excellent film last night at the M.V. Film Center. I sing in Jim Thomas’s Spirituals Choir. Twelve Years a Slave depicts the world the slave songs came from, so I posted a brief comment on the … Continue reading

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Year-End License Plate Report

Where have I been? you ask. Or maybe you don’t ask. Maybe you’ve been comparably occupied, and as little inclined to reading as I’ve been to writing. To get business out of the way: This is how the map looked … Continue reading

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New Blogger up the Road

Now you don’t have to be on Facebook to follow the musings and photos that spring from the Tompost Pile. It’s flowering on WordPress. A wise and witty take on Vineyard life (etc.) by a musician, gardener, and sign painter … Continue reading

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It’s Coming

Labor Day is the solution.

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Another Milestone

August 1 broke the blog’s July 27 record for most views in a single day. Thank you!

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Hot Topic?

According to my WordPress dashboard, one of the “top searches” that’s bringing people to this site is “man passed out under tree.” Huh? I’m afraid the searchers are going to be disappointed.

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