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Still Leaning on Her Rock, Gratefully
The rock and the general — those are the words I use to describe my paternal grandparents. Herbert and Claire Mercier, married for 63 years, created...
6:11 pm, December 23, 2014
Saving Lives Is Gift Given All Year Long
I woke up wearing a hospital gown. The paper napkin tie-on dress was a faded robin’s egg blue, dotted with orange bloodstains from the burns that...
6:06 pm, December 23, 2014
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When Santa Is Your Grandmother
"Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!" That’s how my grandmother, Addie Crist, would greet me when she came to visit my parents and me for the...
6:03 pm, December 23, 2014
A Man With a Heart as Big as His Creation
Norman Bridwell, who died last week at 86, was living proof that there really are no absolutes in life, and that especially includes rejection. The...
5:59 pm, December 23, 2014
A Couple of Bulls Giving the Gift of Each Other
Mark Alan Lovewell
We've seen the world separately aboard trains, ships, sailboats, planes and from journeys in our youth. And these days my dad is my significant other.
4:20 pm, December 18, 2014
Oh, Take Me Home, Chilmark Roads
I lasted six months without a truck. Now I have two. One of them seems fit for travel off the Island. The other does not.
3:31 pm, December 11, 2014
Waiting for Words to Whisper in the Dark
At a recent event at the Katharine Cornell Theatre I was crowned Martha’s Vineyard poet laureate, succeeding Lee McCormack. I was given a two-year...
3:13 pm, December 11, 2014
Don't Have to Pave Paradise to Ruin It
Tales of a Vineyard primeval are part of tradition. In that Island Eden, great whales, swordfish and cod “the waters brought forth abundantly.” Our...
3:57 pm, December 4, 2014
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Pumpkin
Nancy Slonim Aronie
My son’s birthday lands near Halloween, and when he was eight and nine and probably even ten and eleven, for his party I would line our whole deck...
3:53 pm, December 4, 2014
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