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Guestwords: To Potato and Privet

Thoughts on “The Potato Book,” a droll, tongue-in-cheek time capsule of a book with a 1970s warning in Truman Capote’s foreword.

Jul 15, 2021
Guestwords: Where Man Was Born

Throughout this past year, for reasons that are not entirely clear to me, I have returned again and again to the lyrical prose of Peter Matthiessen’s “The Tree Where Man Was Born.”

Jul 8, 2021
Guestwords: The Seven Ages of One Man

July Fourth is a celebration of independence, and these are the reflections of an alumnus of the ’60s, the era of freedom.

Jul 1, 2021
Guestwords: A Year in Springs

Every March fills me with a false hope that spring is right around the corner. The inevitable rebirth of the new season is always painfully incremental. Glacial. The coldest winter I ever spent was a spring in Springs.

Jun 23, 2021
Guestwords: So, Whose Daughter Am I?

When I was 40 I began the previously forbidden search for my birth father.

Jun 16, 2021
Guestwords: Overcoming Sports Anxiety

June is L.G.B.T.Q. Pride Month, presenting an opportunity to celebrate and reflect, causing me to ponder if my awkwardness playing team sports was intensified because I was a gay kid.

Jun 10, 2021
Guestwords: The High Way of History

I read the sign’s words out loud: “Grand Army of the Republic Highway,” adding, “I love that about America. You’re never far from our history, and we’re still fighting the Civil War.”

Jun 2, 2021
Guestwords: A Question for Gardeners

Why do so many men of a certain age suddenly take up gardening?

May 27, 2021
Guestwords: The Lone Ranger Faces Life

One summer evening in 1943 I ran to Dad with a big request: It was time for a Daisy air rifle.

May 19, 2021
Guestwords: She Ordered Pistachio

Memories of heavenly dates at Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor in Queens trigger thoughts of the recent loss of Scoop du Jour here in East Hampton.

May 12, 2021
Guestwords: A Glimpse of Adulthood

Time spent on the beach with a father, and the details a daughter remembers.

May 6, 2021
Guestwords: Coming of Age

I think my interest in history, as in the history of the Presbyterian churches in Springs and Amagansett, is an extension of looking into my history. Who am I?

Apr 29, 2021