'Round the Point

"Orgashmere" for Isobel & Cleo

Long ago, when I was in the middle of the transit from gangly teenager to awkward young woman, my then boyfriend’s mother told me, “We have to find something...
October sky

After one of the most spectacular Septembers I can remember, I’m sitting here in the gloom, waiting for my favorite month to deliver its anticipated joys. So...
It's good to be home.

I started noticing this on Facebook in February, I think, and from the looks of it, nothing has improved since then. “Desperate for housing! Family of five...
fern retreat...

I have always loved summer the best, like so many of us who find the island a most comfortable home. Growing up on the mainland, the largest body of water I’d...
Through the looking glass.

Before you read any further, be warned; this doesn’t end well. If you want a feel-good experience, there’s a very cute baby goat video posted on my Facebook...
On the set of "Grey Lady," 5.17.14

A month ago, I flinched when I thought of the increasing pace of life that warmer weather was about to deliver. Our long winter, and traditionally unpromising...
Romping in the Blizzard on Nantucket

3.24.14 Monday, 6:13 p.m. Apparently, in twenty-four hours, we are expecting yet another winter nor’easter. Eight to thirteen inches of snow predicted,...

I don’t know how long year ‘round island residents have referred to March as “Hate Month,” or the origins of the term. It would be a great question for Libby...
Nantucket Vegetable Garden in Winter

This spring will launch the third season of my ramshackle, backyard vegetable garden. For over a decade, I’ve spent my summers planting and growing flowers and...
Wings of a Northern Flicker

Last fall, I was gifted with a pair of wings. I pulled into my driveway, got out of my truck, and at my feet were a perfectly intact pair of bird’s wings,...
Nantucket Bay Scallops shucked

Here’s a question I get a lot during the winter in Nantucket: “What are you up to?” My answer: “I’m opening scallops.” “Why are you doing that? Isn’t there...

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