Lately I’ve been thinking about dirt road etiquette. Some of us travel dirt roads on a daily basis and usually they are a charming way to get from one place to another. But let’s face it: some drivers are savages at heart, and the only things holding back that savagery are yellow lines, lots of signage and the possible proximity of law enforcement officers. Dirt roads have none of these things, and so a driver’s true nature can take over the steering wheel.

When I asked other West Tisbury residents their thoughts on dirt road behavior, the first thing everyone mentioned was the simple, crucial practice of waving thanks. (Some people just nod, which is also fine.) Have you ever backed up a quarter mile along a winding country lane in order to allow another car to pass, only to have them blow past you without a glance? Murderous rage is fun for a minute but over time it takes a toll.

Some of our dirt roads have convenient pull-offs at intervals to allow passage. Here is how this works best: if the vehicle approaching you is pulling a trailer of any sort, or if it is a delivery truck or a pick-up truck filled with heavy equipment, give them right of way. The cleaner, more expensive vehicle is not, believe it or not, entitled to right of way.

Roads that are not equipped with sufficient pull-offs, or have steep banks that make them impractical, demand that one vehicle back up some distance, usually to the nearest driveway, to let the other vehicle go by. Who should back up? Ideally, the driver who has the shortest distance to reverse. Again, a nimble vehicle can do this more easily than a work truck and trailer. Here, as always, patience is a virtue; it is not polite to creep menacingly forward, bumper-to-bumper against the reversing vehicle.

If another driver does have to throw his car into reverse to accommodate yours, the enthusiasm of your wave should correspond with the inconvenience of the maneuver. Eye contact is pretty great. I have been known to blow kisses for an especially heroic effort.

Finally, if you find yourself tempted to interrogate another driver about whether they have permission to be on the road, or anything along those lines, consider not doing so.

Sign up now for shifts at the Agricultural Fair. Or, just sign up your children. Stamping hands, running entries, or lugging trash at the Fair is a first job for many Island kids, and a great way to earn free admission or a few dollars.

The library offers so much valuable programming each week, it’s impossible to mention everything. But having known a few people who struggle with their hand-held devices on a regular basis, I was heartened to see a couple of upcoming events that target this issue.

On Tuesday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come see “Mac Pro” Paul Levy and get help with using or buying an iPhone, iPad, or computer. You don’t need to register for this; bring the device that plagues you and let an expert help. Meets outdoors.

On Wednesday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the library offers Senior Tech Help. For this, you need to make an appointment. Bring your devices and (this is key!) the passwords to get into them. If you remember your password, that’s half the battle right there.

For women and the people who love them, there’s a book talk at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28. Call or email the library now to reserve your seat, as this will be a well-attended event: ethicist and psychologist Carol Gilligan will be discussing her new book, Women’s Liberation! Feminist Writings that Inspired a Revolution and Still Can. Appearing with her is author Honor Moore, who wrote Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury.

From 7 to 9 p.m. on July 29, writer and food historian Jessica B. Harris will be at Island Grown Farm, discussing okra and its connection to African-American culture. I’m a huge fan of hers; for years I kept a collection of her recipes on my fridge, clipped from the Boston Globe Magazine: fried scup, summer succotash and gingerbread with blueberries. These luscious recipes are still out there on the Internet; I just checked.