In a salute to some of my favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, lobster shacks, and ice cream parlors on Martha's Vineyard, I have the characters in my book, Island Apart, visit the same places where my wife and I like to eat.
A summer sojourn is all about escaping from your daily routine; you dress in a different way, dine at different times in different locations, you lighten up on the demands of your day. So why then, should you stick to your same signature makeup look?
Today, I thank God for allowing me to be so ill. For it is my illness that has taught me life's most valued lessons. Being incapacitated has forced me to plumb the depths and heights of my humanity. And dive I did.
Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic, takes place in the summer of 1922, in an era of debauchery and decadence. These hotels evoke images of Gatsby's seductive revelries.
Dairy Queen to the youth of Martha's Vineyard is what the Wailing Wall is to my tribe. It is a prayer. It is an awakening. When DQ opens, everyone is assured that soon they will be able to stow away their winter gear until the next shock of ice.
As autumn tenderly gives a reprieve from a week of icy overtures that have prophesized winter's entrance, a gentle community gathers in history's architecture. Autumn segues into her next residence. Christmas prepares.