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Jack Schimmelman is a former theatre director who created his own work for more than 15 years in New York City, Martha’s Vineyard and London. He currently resides on Martha's Vineyard. After becoming a surrogate father to a child who witnessed the death of her biological father, he realized there was no business in his show business and became a legal secretary. All the while he has continued to write on the issues of the day, as well as poetry and fiction. He has written a novella, Tales of Crete . . . a memoir (more or less) and is finishing a novel, Satori in Brighton Beach (or how I found redemption on Barrow Street). He has also written a creation myth for children entitled, Circle of Fire. Much of his work may be seen on He is the Executive Producer and director of an original music theatre piece - 1854 - based on an abolitionist movement on the Vineyard.

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Sail On Silverbird (Thank You, Paul Simon)

(5) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 6:22 PM

2015-07-24-1437713296-4657531-ArtGarfunkel.jpg Photo by Courtesy Photo

On a humid Martha's Vineyard night, I drove across the street to our Performing Arts Center to see Art Garfunkel's concert. What I could not know is that short journey that I made would lead me into...

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Saturday Night in Oak Bluffs

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish Photo by Dagney Ernest

On a Saturday night at the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, a group of guys quietly enter the building, amps and instruments in hand. No roadies. No pretense, no "look at...

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Love's Journey

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 1:39 AM

Dasha Koltunyuk (photo unattributed)
Dasha Koltunyuk graduates Princeton University this year. Her journey opens up to new vistas. Dasha's story is uniquely American. She is a first generation American. And that is precisely why her path could unfold nowhere else but here. It...
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Back to the Future: 1854

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Griot -- cover for Sisters of the Spear. Painting by Andrea Rushing. Used with permission

History is slippery. No matter who you are, unless you approach your historical research like a skeptical scientist, a surgeon with a scalpel, you...

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Snow Angel

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Snow Angel (Unattributed)

You might have heard by now about some snow that has befallen the heretofore well-known beach communities of Cape Cod and the islands. I live on one of these islands -- Martha's Vineyard.

We are recognized for a myriad...

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(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Edgartown Police Department (Unattributed)

I live on Martha's Vineyard. The Vineyard's reputation is that of an exclusive enclave for the rich and famous. Presidents vacation here. To the community that lives here it is a profound experience of contradictions. Great beauty...

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Fade to Light (Writing Through Cambodia)

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Sue Guiney with her students from Enfants du Mekong Used by permission

Sue Guiney consciously wades into love's ruin illuminated by emerging light. A palette that formerly reflected obscenity's apex now reveals the beautiful, gracious landscape of Cambodia. Her...

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Creating 1854

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 6:00 AM


Griot -- cover for Sisters of the Spear. Painting by Andrea Rushing. Used with permission.

As I write this article, President Obama is a neighbor, just some miles down the road.

Meanwhile, in my old age, intimate...

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Love in the Mist of Petrified Trees

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Mahatma Gandhi. Artist unknown.

I am the proverbial tree who has fallen in the woods, no witness, unbowed. So at the risk of being declared insane, naïve, idiot, dumbass, etc., I fall once again and scream into an ether of desperation -- LOVE....

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No Immunity

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Recently after the world learned of three Israeli (including one American) teenagers were killed in occupied territories, a Facebook friend of mine, someone with whom I grew up but have had no personal contact for close to 50 years, posted a plead with all to just stop the hatred. I'll...

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A Rose for Martha's Vineyard

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Rose Abrahamson, Photo by Kathleen Young. Used by Permission.

Rose Abrahamson illuminates life. She is a 93-year old artist living on Martha's Vineyard. She continues to create art, although today her work tends more toward collage made from found objects rather than actual...

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(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Dasha. Photo by Tania. Used with permission.

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.

So said Emma Goldman more than 100 years ago.

Witness the immortal march towards bliss released in an Iranian spring...

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Introducing Blue

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:17 PM

The Blue Pearl by Endre Balogh. Used with permission.

On the morning of January 1, 1987, I started to see cobalt blue oval circles of light. Everywhere. I see those disks to this day. When this experience first started...

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(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 7:39 PM

2014-03-29-margotre_whaling_church_mural_margot_pose.jpgMargot Datz and Old Whaling Church Mural by Carl Wendte (1843) Re-creation by Margot Datz (2014) Photo by Ray Ewing for the Vineyard Gazette. Copyright Vineyard Gazette 2013, all rights reserved Used by permission

One ferocious...

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Love Supreme

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Victoria Renaux with Lyana. Photo by Vadim Abdulajev. Used by permission.

Ten years ago, Victoria Renaux met God in a small Parisian circus. It was not her intention. She would not tell you...

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In a Moment of Time, in a Moment of Space

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Photo by Miller Mobley for Parade
Used by permission

In 1971, I exhaled the first version of a children's story. It began with "In a moment of time, in a moment...

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(2) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 9:32 PM

Artwork by Leo Meiersdorff

(Album cover for Consummation - Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra)
Used by permission.

Poverty kills. He is stealth. He snakes into your soul, a smooth night silhouette. When you are young, you never...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 5:22 PM


As pixels of enlightenment glacially rise above a desolate landscape of misery, grace merges with our hearts, revealing love's universe. We are astonished by modesty's iron will appearing before us, never diminished despite all the bulk of ignorance, brutality that...

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(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 8:19 AM

Painted photograph: Jill Watts

Torpedoed into the realm of illness. Shock permeates your vision. Then you deny it has happened to you. After all, for almost 60 years you have been a robust, vibrant man who, whatever your faults, still could...

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The Eagle Flies

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 1:30 PM

The eagle flies on Friday... so sings T-Bone Walker in his song "Stormy Monday." On August 28, 1963, the eagle landed on a Wednesday in Washington, D.C. From across our country anonymous streams of yearning grew into giant rivers of valor and joy. All were inspired...

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