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Letter from the Vineyard 04 14 23 Those who will save us…

April 14, 2023

Letter from the Vineyard 14 April 2023

The ones who will save us…

Photo courtesy of Paul Doherty

A sadness has been wrapped around the island, people hunkered down, prepared for even more grey, while waiting, with muted hope, for the liberating forces of spring, which erupted Wednesday, when the temp scratched 75 degrees, the sun shining kisses all day upon the island.

Easter is, unbelievably, in the rear-view mirror. Christus resurrexit!

Preparations for “the season” are all around, much scurrying and hurrying as businesses prepare for “the season,” which will be here before we know it.  The courtyard behind the bookstore, home to “Behind the Bookstore Café,” is aswirl with painters painting, saws whining, workhorses piled.  Next door, Past & Presents, is hurrying the interior rebuild done over the winter to ensure open doors when the ferries begin to disgorge their thousands.

At the bookstore, we are struggling to sort through orders done for the summer, to count them, store them, be prepared for when they are needed.  It is dawning on people, as it does every year in April, that it is, OMG, APRIL!  May is next, finishing with Memorial Day, the beginning of it all. 

We are sorting staff for the summer, settling those orders, painting, new items displayed, preparing for the next Elin Hilderbrand summer bestseller [she says this is her last?].

At least through the summer, I will be writing an occasional column for the MV Times, one of our local papers, called “Around the bookstore…,” observations from the bookselling life.  Find it here:

While the pace is quickening, with winter beginning its retreat, while an island dusts itself off, spruces itself up, girds its loins to face the make it or break it time, “the season,” the world outside has been barreling along, though some might say careening.

In what seems an affront to the senses, Russia has taken up its rotational position as president of the UN Security Council. Ukraine screams, everyone protests; there is not much to be done.  Soon, thank god, it will be done though Russia is milking its moment.

There have been more mass shootings in our country than there have been days to the year. In a discouraging trend, red lawmakers are expanding gun rights as bodies pile up.  The US is an outlier, to say the least, in this when it comes to other developed countries.

For the time being, at least, Disney has outfoxed Ron DeSantis in his efforts to exercise control over Disney World.  While I confess much is obtuse to me, it seems Florida can’t do anything until 21 years after the last descendant of King Charles III is dead.  Now why Charles and his descendants have a role in this is a bit beyond my legal ken though I have to say: good on you Team Disney.

Much as there are many things about Disney I don’t like, this legal maneuver gives me a belly laugh.  Long live Charles and his descendants!

Trump has been indicted in his alleged payoff scheme with Stormy Daniels, a porn star, who allegedly received money to be quiet about her alleged affair with the Donald. 

Whether you think it’s a strong or a weak case, there is something so fitting in an indictment of a man caught on tape saying profoundly demeaning things about women.

He is the first president to be indicted though not the first to be arrested.  That honor belongs to Ulysses Grant, arrested for speeding in his carriage. 

It also opens the floodgates.  Trump is the first president to be indicted. One indictment makes it easier for another indictment.  Georgia is looking at election interference, the Justice Department at those pesky top-secret documents at Mar-a-Lago.

This could become a three-ring circus – New York, Georgia, the Feds.

To my delight, and a bit of a surprise, Wisconsin, by a wide margin, elected a progressive to the State Supreme Court, ending a 15-year stranglehold from the right on that institution.  Born in Minnesota, I have watched my neighboring state produce Paul Ryan and gerrymander itself into a Republican pretzel.

It is widely considered the most gerrymandered state in the union. Wisconsin?

Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz won the spot in a race, I suspect, driven by women and young people who were not going to give up their rights lost when Roe v. Wade was overturned, as well as their overall concern for our democratic institutions.

Mark my words, it is the women and the children who will save us.