Patriots Day just doesn’t have the pizzazz it used to, does it? That is, without the annual running of the Boston Marathon. Even so, I always reflect on what this means to us at that point in history. Make sure that information is passed on to the little ones.

I heard from so many of our far-flung friends last week! Daniel Manning, my old buddy from third grade at the Tisbury School, is happily and efficiently piloting boats for the merchant marine on the Great Lakes. He occasionally sends me pictures of his view out the window as he works. That’s because I once caught him daydreaming out the third-grade window and announced, “No one ever made money looking out a window.” My kids love to prove Missy G wrong.

Bonnie Fyfe, who lived and worked on island for so long, stays in regular touch from her home in Florida. She sends regards to her many friends still clinging to winters here.

Barbara Pope Peckham is well recovered from a recent hip surgery. She met up with her sons, Douglas and Jonathan,  in Houston. The trio were wearing short sleeves and dining al fresco.

If you take the kids to the New Bedford Whaling Museum during the last days of their vacation week, be sure to see the Island’s own Skip Finley’s book, Whaling Captains of Color, on sale in the gift shop. I have it on the best authority that Skip will sign it for you when you bring it back.

Back in our town, the Night Heron Gallery on 58 Main street, owned and occupied by Island artists, has accepted the incredible and prolific work of M.C. Lamarre to their collection of beauty. M. C. Is famous for BasketCaseMV. Her handmade and perfect baskets, suitable for many purposes, are now in stock at the gallery. Stop by and say hi.

We are approaching the last week of the annual poetry month. Exactly one year ago, intrepid Arnie Reisman hosted our first Poetry Cafe on Zoom. Fan Ogilvie also presented. They are doing it again April 23 at 7 p.m. The free Zoom link is at Or, after 6:30 p.m., you may get the link on the Edgartown Library’s Facebook page. Arnie and Fan will be reading some of their own works as well as select entries from some of their favorite writers. Do not underestimate their audience. Last year the event had participants Zoom from South America!

Another Island writer, Geraldine Brooks, is headed to New York to accept an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Society. Then she is on to Iceland to be on the noted panel of a writers’ retreat. The step up on vaccinations is making travel possible again.

A grand welcome back to Elaine Bart! She is now safely ensconced in her family home in Vineyard Haven.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along our friend, Nancy Wood, on April 14. Nancy is now 93. Bob Tankard — Coach T — claimed April 20. Jessica Cabanillas celebrates on April 22. Many happy returns.