Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-8894

(margaret02539@yahoo.com)

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Two Seasons Converge, One Less Traveled
Brad Woodger

Night falls on Chappy. With it, falls rain. A mother and child run over the grate of the ferry landing, hopping puddles to the parking lot, where their car beeps a welcome unlocking. A captain waves goodbye and hopes for more CNN and less SUV. Mostly though, we are indoors now. We are stirring sauces. We are cleaning lint filters. We are watching the flames behind wood stove doors. We are working. We are playing. We are resting. We are, as we will be more and more, inside.

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Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-4216

(ibwsgolf@aol.com)

I’ve been wondering what the character of our Chappy is. I hear much about it being lost, but it would be a help if I knew what I was looking for, in order to find it. Maybe, as my housemate Bob suggests, one could find some answers in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Or Character Lost.

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Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-4216

(ibwsgolf@aol.com)

Chappy doesn’t ask a lot from us. Just stay out of her poison ivy and ticks, and we’re good. But she gives a lot in return. More than one soul has been healed on a cool summer night, the stars, the owls, the salt breeze working in concert to soothe the senses.

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Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-4216

(ibwsgolf@aol.com)

I‘m easily confused. And I’m not meteorologically gifted. But I can’t believe that I am alone in being confounded by this summer’s weather. I find it disorienting to have a September or October northeaster in August. The markers are all off. The town should not be rife with people as boats are being torn loose from moorings. Presidents should not be vacationing here as an eastern wind unseats small children from their stations.

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Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-4216

(ibwsgolf@aol.com)

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Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-4216

(ibwsgolf@aol.com)

I think I slept through Earl. Literally. Last thing I remember, Kim and I were helping Doris Ward move her wrought iron lawn furniture into her garage (furniture right on the cusp of being too heavy for a hurricane to lift — the worst type to move). Doris lives in the center of Edgartown. Glad to help. Really. Just really wanted a cup of coffee at the coffee shop. But glad to help.

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Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-4216

(ibwsgolf@aol.com)

I’ve noticed the little black birds with the white bellies flying overhead (as opposed to underhand) in droves lately. Seems like they’re flying north, though. Turn around little buddies — it’s even colder up there! Or maybe you know something I don’t.

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Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-4216

(ibw sgolf@aol.com)

I’m still writing the column as you can see.

So two quotes come to mind as I begin this week’s column. The first comes from Kevin Spacey in the movie The Usual Suspects: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” The second comes from my Grammy: “Women are tricky.”

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Chappy
Brad Woodger

BRAD WOODGER

508-627-4216

(ibwsgolf@aol.com)

The world keeps turning, with only small breaks to pause to reflect upon the beauty of its Chappy.

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