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Monday, June 21, 2021
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  • The hackers have been all over the news recently. After the important journalism updating us on meaningful occurrences such as “Harry and/or Meghan did or did not cause or experience a complete misunderstanding over something ...
  • I remember being “the new schoolteacher,” so-called, in 1987, without a name for the first six months as was customary in those days, and without much of a field guide to this foreign posting. The things I’d heard around Spruce Head were ...
  • It is possible that you are among those of us who miss most of the Pundit’s Commentary or the Important Person Interview on television because you are busy trying to get up close and orient your head sideways and squint so you ...
  • I was caught, rather delightfully, by a reader of this column in the middle of that sunny afternoon last week. She found me in the back of the U-Haul outside the Tractor Supply store, which was — let me think now (counts on fingers) ...
  • I write this week for the visiting friends, relatives, summer renters, and new sternmen who have in mind to play with fire while Out to Sea. Please — whether you’re out here to make money, to party, or to relax, I urge you ...
  • Recently, you will recall, the worldwide merchant marine had to line up and wait while a huge container ship was pried loose from the Suez Canal. This had to get done so the astronauts aboard the International Space Station ...
  • Fifteen years ago, if you remember, there was a certain amount of concern going around about something called “Avian Flu.” Municipalities were expected to draft disaster preparedness plans for this potential crisis. OK, perhaps ...
  • I have come to despise, for no good reason except over-use, the term “hearty souls” as it applies to the residents of any wind-blasted and remote outpost. Maybe it’s “hardy” souls. Doesn’t matter, it could be either, and both have ...

  • National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is the first Saturday in February each year. Holidays like that are important. We as a culture start ignoring such major national festivals as that, and next thing you know, we’re wearing ...
  • Remember, if you will, back to last Tuesday, when all sorts of things were falling out of the sky. As I write, it is — or was — back then, so indulge me the present tense. Every few minutes the sound of the precipitation changes, rain to ...
  • When I was a kid we had a common expression, a standard retort employed by us schoolyard smart-mouth types against anybody who said something we didn’t particularly appreciate. With adequate snarl to make sure the other ...
  • I took our Christmas tree down on January 6th, specifically aiming for Twelfth Night, or the Feast of Epiphany, or the eve of Greek Christmas, because if I didn’t try to recognize Taking Down the Tree as one of the “Days of Christmas” ...
  • I was up after bedtime the other night making balsam wreaths, one for our kitchen door and one for the island cemetery, where my husband Paul’s parents are buried. I adore the smell of balsam fir. Here in the Anarchic Autonomous ...
  • Our son seems to be getting mushy and sentimental. He did just turn 30, which is strange enough. Nothing makes a man want to do something that didn’t used to matter (like coming home) so much as being told it is a bad idea, terribly ...
  • The week before Thanksgiving was truck day. Well, you might argue, the whole week wasn’t technically truck day, but it pretty much felt like it. I had four days on the mainland, each full with a list of things to get done before an ...
  • I know it’s a license plate motto, and a rather Quakerly-sounding inside reference, but I do “have a friend in Pennsylvania.” Several, in fact. A couple of our buddies who live near Penn State spend as much time at their Matinicus ...
  • The ground rules, as established by me, are as follows: if you are going to write about us then we get to write about you back. It’s only fair. For that reason I don’t think they like me at The New York Times anymore....
  • I don’t know what my son thinks of the idea of turning 30. I know what I think. I think it’s just plain weird. It wasn’t so long ago that the pilot would boost our little boy — or his sister, whoever’s turn it was — into the front seat of the ... 
  • Had this been an ordinary year, I’d have been perched in a tiny office above the fairground’s exhibition hall just before each day kicked into gear. I would have written out my short script, reminded myself to slow down, cleared my throat ...
  • We like a few days off in September, after a busy summer putting out fires both crackling and imaginary, and like many we arrived at the conclusion that a ride around a less populated section of our great state might be the best of all ...
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