A speck on the quiet side — that is how Bret Stearns described hunting on the Vineyard last week.

There was one special responsibility that I was always glad to fulfill and looked forward to each December. “Don’t forget to stop by the school nurse...

Age does seem to matter and it has been on my mind. As you might now expect from me, let us first consider age from a shellfish perspective.

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. As I discovered, it’s a very good rule to insure smooth sailing.

There are a number of us cleaning up after others. Like a messy home that needs tending, we notice the garbage strewn along roads and shorelines.

December proceeds in the fashion ordained long, long ago: chill, dampness, wind, but what takes precedence increasingly is the feeling of Christmas.