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The Mast-Head: Arrows of Doom

We could learn something about how to handle a pandemic from 17th-century England.

Dec 23, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Puppies and Kittens

I would not be surprised to learn that there is a run on puppies this December, and a shortage, as there has been a run on and shortage of Christmas trees here on Long Island.

Dec 23, 2020
Gristmill: Deer in the Lights

The drive-through Smith Point Light Show in Shirley is holiday entertainment, corona-style.

Dec 23, 2020
Point of View: Big Night

They say that in ancient times conjunctions such as Saturn and Jupiter’s were considered ill omens — the gods, people thought, were conspiring.

Dec 23, 2020
The Mast-Head: Shipping News

The bad-luck schooner Alice May Davenport spent the two weeks following Thanksgiving up on the sand near Smith Point.

Dec 17, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: The Year in Pictures

In the spirit of New Year’s accounting, and things we want to remember, I present you here with 10 flashbacks from lockdown — a collage of moving images, in impressionistic order.

Dec 17, 2020
Gristmill: Engines of Manipulation

I never quite got over hearing how Silicon Valley developers and programmers who worked ingeniously to hook kids on social media would turn around and send their own kids to no-tech Waldorf schools.

Dec 17, 2020
Point of View: An Albatross

Even James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, was in favor of a popular vote, and here we are more than 200 years later with the albatross still about our necks.

Dec 17, 2020
The Mast-Head: Winter Snapshot

A revealing trip through an old Dominy weather diary.

Dec 10, 2020
The Shipwreck Rose: Retronaut

We, the Rattray family, have a tendency to get lost in time, to misplace ourselves in its flow.

Dec 10, 2020
Gristmill: The Heat of the Kiln

A brief snowfall triggers memories of Vermont and an uncle’s life there as a potter.

Dec 10, 2020
Point of View: Re-Engaged in East Hampton

Presumably I have returned to work now, and am thus to some extent re-engaged in East Hampton’s life, and am feeling once again at least somewhat useful.

Dec 10, 2020