A Familiar Stride

October 18, 2010

I click on the “play” triangle and watch the video. My friend had filmed his walk from the Indian Consulate in Manhattan, scanning the three-block-long line to where his wife waited. Read the rest of this entry »


August 18, 2010

When my mother died, I wasn’t there. I was eight hundred miles away with my family in New Hampshire. Mom had been ailing, and I debated making the trip to see her; but she rallied, and I decided to stay put. Read the rest of this entry »


August 3, 2010

In August the town of Oak Bluffs put on its annual fireworks show. There were smaller displays on the Fourth of July, but the August fireworks were the ones we waited to see. All year long the fire department raised funds for the event that, for many of us island dwellers, was the reward for surviving the onslaught of the “tourorists.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Bit of Money

May 12, 2010

When a bit of money came my way from the settling of my dad’s estate, I really puzzled over how to best use the sum. It wasn’t an inheritance that would make a huge ripple in my life, and yet I didn’t want it to get swallowed up in property taxes or car repairs. I wanted to apply it in a way that I could mark. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cheese Plane

April 20, 2010

We’ve had the same cheese plane for thirty years. It was a wedding gift. My husband replaced the original handle, but the stainless steel blade has held up all these years. We’ve tried other planes, but they bend or break or cut badly. Read the rest of this entry »