Sweet Bird of Youth Still Soars in Memory and Spirit
Max Hart
It was an unexpected punch to the gut to find out yesterday that one of my oldest friends had died from cancer.
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MVC Could Have Power to Review Bingo Hall
Duncan Pickard
Can the Martha’s Vineyard Commission review the tribe’s plans to construct a bingo hall? The answer is not obvious.
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The Never Ending Story of an Island Friend
Alexandra Bullen Coutts

On a Sunday two weeks ago, hundreds of hearts in pieces gathered to say a reluctant farewell to Christopher Svend Laursen.

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Vineyard Abolitionists Stand Tall
Skip Finley
Many contributors to black history weren’t black. Take the abolitionists, for example.
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Black History: Author Dorothy West Is Celebrated at 90
Yvonne Guzman
Dorothy West, the great African-American writer who turned 90 this summer, was the guest of honor at a spectacular birthday party Friday afternoon inside the Union Chapel.
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Hats Off to Being Blissfully Unaware
Phyllis Meras
I like hats. The coat rack in my library holds no coats but is adorned with hats.
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From West Tisbury to Nicaragua, Breaking New Ground
Robert Skydell
Before the equatorial sun reaches the point in the morning sky where the heat builds and hits you like a forge, I cycle up into the pastured hills to check on my new garden.
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On Island Time With Russell Baker
Russell Baker
The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times died this week at age 93. A longtime Nantucket summer resident, he occasionally had a few words to say about the Vineyard.
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Passing of Time Evokes the Simple Pleasures
Julian Wise
Thirty four years ago, MVRHS principal Gregory Scotten addressed my incoming freshman class. During the convocation he cited the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts and its familiar lyric: “It’s a gift to be simple, It’s a gift to be free.”
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The Joy of Playing With Food
Arnie Reisman
To cook or not to cook? That’s often the question. Eat in or eat out?
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