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The Mast-Head: Constant Construction

Construction and landscaping have been a backdrop here for a long time, but over the past few years it has become ceaseless and everywhere.

Nov 19, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Greener Pastures

“Anne of Green Gables” is the book that influenced me most in my life — not Tolstoy or Nabokov or Bruce Chatwin.

Nov 19, 2020
Gristmill: Sunken Again

My favorite state park might be the only one in existence with more parking lots than greenways.

Nov 19, 2020
Point of View: Breaking Chains

There has always been in this country somewhat of a disconnect between its ideals and reality.

Nov 19, 2020
The Mast Head: Season Opener

With reports from Peconic Bay poor, there was a sense that the scallop crop in town waters would be bad as well.

Nov 12, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Quarantine Diary

Peak 2020 was reached at 3 p.m. last Thursday with a phone call from a young woman in the office at the John M. Marshall Elementary School informing me that my son, Teddy, had been determined to be a true contact of a positive Covid-19 case in the fifth grade.

Nov 12, 2020
Gristmill: Calling Kathleen Rice

It might be time for Democrats to revisit the candidate selection process in the First Congressional District.

Nov 12, 2020
Point of View: Buoyed in Bonac

I thought Joe Biden’s victory speech was just right, reminding us to listen to our better angels.

Nov 12, 2020
The Mast Head: Expect More

The schools have done a good job dealing with virus cases and preventing wider outbreaks by strictly managing their internal practices. But once outside of the school buildings, the risk of uncontrolled transmission increases.

Nov 5, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Bring Me Your Dreams

Insomnia is how I personally discovered the philosophical truth that “I think therefore I am,” a  couple of years before I heard the name Descartes and “Cogito, ergo sum” at boarding school.

Nov 5, 2020
Gristmill: Bring Back Lever Voting

Good for a hundred years, why in the world were New York’s old voting machines ever put out to pasture?

Nov 5, 2020
The Mast Head: Much in a Name

During last Thursday’s editorial meeting, one of the editors, Irene Silverman, asked why it was that I had named my sailboat after a three-headed dog.

Oct 29, 2020