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Gristmill: The Booker Rule

Can we talk? About, oh, the pointlessness of Supreme Court confirmation hearings?

Oct 22, 2020
The Mast Head: New England Hospitality

One of the many things that struck me on my recent and ongoing sail from Marblehead, Mass., to East Hampton is how accommodating the communities on the other side of the water are to passing boaters, especially as compared to Long Island.

Oct 15, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Fifteen Minutes

Last week, a production crew from a PBS show called “Legacy List” landed on Edwards Lane to film an episode — starring my house, my family, and the contents of my attic, basement, and barn.

Oct 15, 2020
Gristmill: Fear of Streaming

Streaming television is supposed to be sleek and high-tech, but its nether reaches remind me of the old UHF channels.

Oct 15, 2020
Relay: Yo estudio español

I know my social media apps and Google search history are tracked, but now I am starting to think that Duolingo is spying on me, too.

Oct 15, 2020
The Mast-Head: Alone at Anchor

This column is being written toward sunset from the harbor at Plymouth, Mass. Alone time, something so many of us say we want, is elusive, but I have had time to think this week.

Oct 8, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Things I Didn’t Do

“Cancel” is the word of the year, and not just in the social-shunning sense.

Oct 8, 2020
Gristmill: The Halfway Club

What exactly does it mean when you can’t finish a book — not once, but over and over again?

Oct 8, 2020
The Mast Head: Reconnecting

Since we are all still feeling our way around remote work and online meetings, I thought that I would ask my high school junior for a few tips.

Oct 1, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Sweater Weather

A creeping dread — of finding ourselves homebound again, wearing fuzzy slippers and harassed expressions around the kitchen table, bickering about who ate the last Klondike Bar — has driven me to wallow in as much outdoor time as I possibly can before the temperature falls.

Oct 1, 2020
Gristmill: Fear of Flying

The airline industry may be on the verge of collapse, but once upon a time pilots were celebrities, dating movie stars, driving fancy cars — hold the autopilot, thank you very much.

Oct 1, 2020
The Mast-Head: Sign of the Times

This is a column about poop trucks.

Sep 24, 2020