A  few readers recently wrote to say my talking to birds, and worse, claiming they were talking back to me, was abnormal behavior and constituted a cry for help. They thought I should have my head examined. 

Wes Craven

Our bird columnist has begun to worry about his avian conversations. So in the spirit of mental transparency, he booked a session with the respected Boston psychiatrist Dr. Malleus Maleficarum.

Wes Craven

The architecture magazineShows bathrooms gleaming and pristineWhose sinks, it seems, have never seenA toothbrush cup or Listerine


It's stated (oftentimes to tease)

That apples don't fall far from the trees,

But pumpkins never leave the nest,

Not even at their mom's request.


I thought I’d try to shed some light on the increasing tensions between hawks and doves by organizing a simple colloquy. A hawk on one side, a dove on the other, all within a safe environment. 

I approached a group of doves in a nearby park and asked for a volunteer. “What’s a colloquy?” they asked. “A simple get together where you can air your feelings regarding hawks,” I said. “We’re there,” they all said. “We’ve been wanting to vent about those guys for years.”

Wes Craven

Like many Vineyard regulars, writer Elizabeth Gates is wondering how we got here and where we're going.

Elizabeth Gates