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Gristmill: Running on Empty

What happens when you compete in a 10K when you’re not ready to compete in a 10K?

Jun 23, 2021
Point of View: Our Universe Is Expanding

The father of two young boys who are very good swimmers said at a family gathering the other day that he far preferred youth sports, such as swimming, golf, and tennis, in which incremental self-improvement was the chief goal rather than winning.

Jun 23, 2021
The Mast-Head: Back in the Water

Monday, which was a bit of a surprise. The boat mover let me know the evening before that he had a spot in his schedule to take it from behind the office to Three Mile Harbor. What I expected was that there would be space in the boatyard to put it up on stands for a few days or a week before it could be launched.

Jun 16, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: Driving the Bus

My friend Antonia once said that she loved riding around with me in the white Chevy van that The Star used to use for newspaper deliveries. I would borrow the van on weekends in the 1990s, when I lived in the city and didn’t own a car of my own, barreling around to late-night beach skinny-dip sessions or afternoon Bargain Box runs with WLNG blaring. These were the days when the newspaper van had a Star logo, “Shines for All,” in mid-blue on either side panel. “In this van,” Antonia said, “I feel like you get to be both super-local but also respected by the city people.

Jun 16, 2021
Gristmill: Learning to Love Laundry

A father’s work is never done.

Jun 16, 2021
Point of View: In Eden’s Ballpark

Kathy said she was beginning to get depressed by the news. I asked her what she was reading, and she said, “The New York Times, The Guardian U.S.A., The Guardian U.K., The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, Politico, Axios, Raw Story, The Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Constitution, the Miami Herald, the Austin Statesman, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Alaska Daily News, The Boston Globe, The Portland (Me.) Press Herald, Corriere della Sera, Salon, Slate, and Vanity Fair.”

And this all before 6 a.m.

Jun 16, 2021
The Mast-Head: Blower Talk

It is hard to know how well the point got across Tuesday evening after work, when I tried to explain — in Spanish — East Hampton Village’s leaf blower law to a nice young man using one to tidy up the driveway behind The Star.

Jun 10, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: Ring-a-Ding-Ding

Where have all the parties gone?

Jun 10, 2021
Gristmill: So Nice to See You Again

“My, how you’ve aged . . .”

Jun 10, 2021
Point of View: Early-Rise Latecomer

Usually I can sleep forever, but not lately. There’s an ache in there, around the gluteus medius, that builds until there’s nothing to be done but get up.

Jun 10, 2021
The Mast-Head: Early Mornings

Lately I have been leaving the house early to get to the office by 6 to write before the distractions of the day begin.

Jun 2, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: Old Glory

I may have mentioned this before, but I enjoy walking in the middle of the road.

Jun 2, 2021