Tag Archives: Cynthia Riggs

GRAPE JAM

Originally posted on Martha's Vineyard Mysteries:
This year we had a bonanza crop of grapes. The grape arbor is next to the small studio where Lynn Christoffers, our resident photographer, lives and works. She’d been watching the grapes progress…

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Belonging

This started off to be a follow-up to “On (the?) Island,” but it didn’t go where I thought it was going. Surprise, surprise, surprise. I seem to be on a “what am I doing and where do I belong?” kick. … Continue reading

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Moth

When summer arrives, I put my blinders on. I stop reading bulletin boards and the newspaper event listings. My year-round Vineyard brain can’t take in that many options, and my year-round Vineyard income can’t afford them anyway. Last night, however, … Continue reading

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Benefit Art Show

After reading The Mud of the Place a friend told me, “I’ve never met any of these people, but I feel like I could run into any of them in the grocery store.” Maybe my favorite compliment ever, not least … Continue reading

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Bridal Shower

Yesterday I went to a bridal shower for my friend the mystery writer Cynthia Riggs. I’m not sure I’d ever been to a bridal shower before, but even if I had, this one would have been unique. Cynthia, who is … Continue reading

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Giving Local

“Living local” is all the rage, on Martha’s Vineyard as elsewhere, and like most rages I can get pretty cynical about it. I’ve been known to call it “living lo-cal,” or Living Lite, or living without thinking too hard about … Continue reading

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Who’s an Islander?

On Martha’s Vineyard, “Islander” is what the academics would call a contested term, which is to say not only that there’s considerable disagreement about what it means but also that some people are willing to fight about it and many … Continue reading

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Midweek Brass

Summer people are chronically curious about what we year-rounders do in winter when — as I’ve been told more than once — “there’s no one around.” “We manage,” I like to say, trying to give the impression that it’s tough … Continue reading

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Artisans’ Fair

After several days of Black Friday gargantuan best-ever unbelievable don’t-lose-out bargain  e-mails, I vowed that on the day after Thanksgiving I was not going to patronize any establishment that used “Black Friday” in its PR. For a while there it … Continue reading

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