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The Strawberry Story

August 14, 2015 5:36 pm Published by

When I was young I had fond memories of my father but there weren’t many because most of the time... Read Story

The Piano Lesson

August 14, 2015 5:08 pm Published by

The Piano Lesson by Randi R. King Bright dappled sunlight flooded the music room. White colonial shutters on open windows... Read Story

Fish Tales

August 14, 2015 4:36 pm Published by

Summer air in the Hamptons perpetually smells of freshly sheared privet, salty sea mist, melting asphalt, and an occasional wafting... Read Story

Jam Daze With the Flow Gang

August 14, 2015 4:08 pm Published by

It’s a beautiful drive. It never seems to be the same drive but that’s not what matters. It’s the time... Read Story

My First “Crush”

August 14, 2015 3:39 pm Published by

Three sunburned, water logged kids knocked on the “Clam Man’s” door on Deep Hole Drive in Mattituck. The tangled bushes... Read Story

My Life In Beaches

August 14, 2015 2:33 pm Published by

  Behind the sand of the shoreline stood a four-story high watch tower constructed of gray beams with a square... Read Story

Summer People

August 14, 2015 2:23 pm Published by

“Summer people”…..that’s what we were called.  My family was among the many that were fortunate enough to be able to... Read Story

A Rental House in the Hamptons

August 14, 2015 1:58 pm Published by

Our first summer rental in the Hamptons had been a classic country store that sold staples like bread, milk, butter,... Read Story

Island Time

August 14, 2015 1:44 pm Published by

  We are married now—although last year at this time, we weren’t. We have a picnic too, consisting of North... Read Story

The Family Pack

August 14, 2015 1:41 pm Published by

The Family Pack By Heather J. Cohen My dear, generous sister offered to pay for a family getaway. The crew... Read Story

Shifting Sands

August 14, 2015 1:32 pm Published by

Shifting Sands For me, heading out the eastern end of Long Island has always meant vacation. I’m a Queens girl... Read Story

The Sketches of Homeport

August 14, 2015 1:09 pm Published by

Tucked in every nook and cranny of our grandparent’s house, is a little bit of ‘Homeport’. They named it, when... Read Story

Refuge

August 14, 2015 12:38 pm Published by

Never had the Hamptons seemed more of a refuge to me than on that Friday night. And never had I... Read Story

Wish Upon a Dandelion

August 14, 2015 12:31 pm Published by

Growing up on the eastern end of Long Island, people automatically assume I’m a spoiled brat. While I certainly wouldn’t... Read Story

Montauk Blessing

August 14, 2015 11:33 am Published by

As I sit out on the deck of the room we have for the weekend at the Ocean Resort Inn... Read Story

Welcome Home

August 14, 2015 10:59 am Published by

There I was unpacking 2 months of dirty laundry and dumping it on my bedroom floor.  I was anxious to... Read Story

Summer of ’77

August 14, 2015 10:35 am Published by

J.G. Melon’s in Bridgehampton is buzzing—clattering dishes, jangly conversation, whirring fans overhead. My best friend, Katy, and I order gin... Read Story

Flowers for Andrew

August 14, 2015 10:35 am Published by

“Which one?” she asks. Each Saturday, I hem and haw at Denise’s flower stand at the Westhampton Beach Farmer’s Market,... Read Story

The Breakers to a View

August 14, 2015 10:02 am Published by

In the summer of 1976, I was nine and a half years old. The country’s bicentennial celebration had just taken... Read Story

Main Beach Mantra

August 14, 2015 9:56 am Published by

  The summer of 2008 is on my list of one of the best summers. My oldest son, Sean, graduated... Read Story

Childhood Wishes

August 14, 2015 9:43 am Published by

We “walked into the party, like we were walking onto a yacht.” The Devon Yacht Club to be exact. And... Read Story

Summer Reminiscence

August 14, 2015 8:41 am Published by

Many years ago I was sitting in Amagansett town with a friend who had a summer job at a boutique... Read Story

Airing Family Laundry on Public Radio

August 14, 2015 1:28 am Published by

WPPB RADIO TBT 9/25/2014 Today, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Broadway’s sixteenth longest running show ever we celebrate tradition. For is... Read Story

WPPB TBT

August 13, 2015 10:35 pm Published by

WPPB RADIO TBT / September 25, 2014   This week in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Broadway’s sixteenth longest running... Read Story

Melancholy

August 13, 2015 8:08 pm Published by

“Melancholy,” he said when he entered the motel room. A blast of cold air prompted me to tightly close the... Read Story

Nana’s House

August 13, 2015 6:49 pm Published by

When I was a child, Nana’s house was magic. Nana Lulu was my great-grandmother; she lived in Montauk in an... Read Story

Breaking and Entering

August 13, 2015 6:46 pm Published by

Usually you don’t think that someone would have to break into her own house, but that happened to me more... Read Story

I Inherited A Shotgun

August 13, 2015 6:32 pm Published by

  I inherited a shotgun for my mother’s sister, Aunt Treva, in upstate New York Van Etten where they were... Read Story

Angel Wings

August 13, 2015 6:14 pm Published by

Popular culture has often portrayed angels as beautiful women with wings and long, flowing hair dancing over fluttery, white gowns.... Read Story

East End on the Weekend

August 13, 2015 4:25 pm Published by

I was his pal. Peter Jennings, that is. When my late grandparents lived in Bridgehampton, I would frequently spend my... Read Story

A Montauk Adventure

August 13, 2015 3:47 pm Published by

  Growing up in NYC I knew nothing about the east end of Long Island. Back then summers were asphalt... Read Story

East End, My First Taste

August 13, 2015 3:21 pm Published by

My first Long Island wine tasting took place over fifty years ago when I was only thirteen, back when the... Read Story

Between Dreams

August 13, 2015 12:31 pm Published by

Have you ever been at that place in your life where you know one chapter is completed but you don’t... Read Story

Not In My Backyard

August 13, 2015 9:24 am Published by

I am not a suburbanite. Although I grew up in a house in Brooklyn, it had a burglar alarm and... Read Story

My First Car

August 13, 2015 9:19 am Published by

  At the tender age of 8 and 9 and when we left El Encanto Department Store in the city... Read Story

Baited—Hook, Line & Sinker

August 12, 2015 10:19 pm Published by

The East End has me baited—hook, line, and sinker. Delivered by the tide and baptized by ocean spray, I am... Read Story

Leaves

August 12, 2015 9:55 pm Published by

There you stand. Tall, though not as tall as in your prime. Your stance is straight. But you no longer... Read Story

We’re Moving to Montauk

August 12, 2015 8:46 pm Published by

“We’re moving to Montauk.” Those were the words I used to wake the children early that September morning in 1982.... Read Story

Better A Safe than Sorry

August 12, 2015 6:32 pm Published by

Prologue: I am not much of a salesperson but I sure can ride my Trek east on the old Montauk... Read Story

Off Season

August 12, 2015 5:58 pm Published by

  A unique migration can be observed on Labor Day, and perhaps for a day or two before and after.... Read Story

Grace

August 12, 2015 2:53 pm Published by

  Quinipet Camp and Retreat Center is located on Shelter Island. You get there by ferry and the short, peaceful... Read Story

One Potato, Two Potato

August 12, 2015 2:45 pm Published by

It was the sultry summer of ‘66. Kelsey had the car of cars. A German job, ’63 Daimler convertible, low... Read Story

The Laugh

August 12, 2015 2:39 pm Published by

I love AMAGANSETT. I can walk in any of the bars there and see a host of familiar faces. All... Read Story

William Hamilton Swan

August 12, 2015 2:06 pm Published by

William Hamilton Swan was the great great grandson of Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the Bank of New York and... Read Story

100 Miles

August 12, 2015 10:41 am Published by

     I am far too young, poor and good-looking to be retired, but, the truth is, I’ve always been... Read Story

Beach Glass

August 11, 2015 11:44 pm Published by

My serenity. My relaxation. My Peconic. It’s amazing how when I concentrate really hard on finding that one particular item... Read Story

The Wahlers in Wainscott

August 11, 2015 10:33 pm Published by

Elizabeth was adopted. Her older brother, Frederick, was too. Since I was nine, I figured their parents were as well.... Read Story

One Day

August 11, 2015 9:45 pm Published by

I pictured the house, a traditional white clapboard with black shutters and one bowed window. It sat far enough from... Read Story

A Peconic Relationship

August 11, 2015 8:49 pm Published by

We sat in the back of a self-help group for gay men trying to make sense of their bad habits.... Read Story

Out

August 11, 2015 6:58 pm Published by

I never said I wanted to glide.  I also did not count on digging myself out of an insurmountable hole... Read Story

The Summer Place — A Reprise

August 11, 2015 4:51 pm Published by

Looking forward to these months at  the Summer house keeps me  going all Winter. The physical   conditions there are... Read Story

The Boat People

August 11, 2015 12:37 pm Published by

  Nestled on the end of the Island way past the who’s who,  the old money,  the grand McMansions and... Read Story

A Dog’s Story

August 11, 2015 11:11 am Published by

My father was Charlie Mulligan, a gentle man with a soft heart and a love of family, fishing and trains.... Read Story

An Occasional Woman

August 11, 2015 11:04 am Published by

“How many were there before me?” That was his question after our first time and I answered, guilelessly, “Four.” I... Read Story

Plein Air Fridge

August 11, 2015 10:33 am Published by

We have a plein air fridge. A friend had an extra and they asked if we wanted it. Of course.... Read Story

The Hamptons Rose

August 11, 2015 10:02 am Published by

When I stopped by, she was sitting in the sunroom in a bright peach cotton robe and her pink plaid... Read Story

Days of my Island life

August 10, 2015 10:28 pm Published by

As a young girl growing up on long Island I have seen all the natures and wonders of the towns... Read Story

Camp Hero Montauk

August 10, 2015 9:02 pm Published by

My family started going to Montauk for a week every summer in the late 1980s. I was a teenage girl... Read Story

40 Shore RoadNow

August 10, 2015 6:07 pm Published by

Returning from a great summer at sleep away camp,  I stilled looked forward to going out to  Amagansett.  Amagansett meant... Read Story

Missing From Sag Harbor

August 10, 2015 4:29 pm Published by

As I sit on a weathered bench in the center of this timeless village with my wife’s handbag, covered by... Read Story

Of Steinbeck and Sag Harbor

August 9, 2015 9:49 pm Published by

In his introduction in the 1967 journal of the 5th annual Old Whaler‘s Festival in Sag Harbor, resident John Steinbeck... Read Story

The House on Potato Field Lane

August 9, 2015 5:28 pm Published by

“Nothing lasts forever,” repeated my husband’s client, a former ad executive and all-round mensch. At that time in the opulent... Read Story

Moby-Sick

August 9, 2015 3:58 pm Published by

Call me Ishmael. Call me captain. But don’t call me seasick. That’s more than I could say for most of... Read Story

Seals of Approval

August 9, 2015 3:22 pm Published by

Unlike a lot of seals, who have managed to gain steady employment in circuses and aquariums, I have never tried... Read Story

The Royal Treatment

August 9, 2015 3:15 pm Published by

Since the birth of the little princess, people around the world have been abuzz with excitement. I refer, of course,... Read Story

Pleasant Idling

August 9, 2015 2:55 pm Published by

  My wife Laura and I loved to visit the east end of Long Island when we were younger. Usually,... Read Story

Conscience Point

August 9, 2015 1:54 pm Published by

  Conscience- noun, an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of... Read Story

Buried Cemeteries

August 9, 2015 10:31 am Published by

  Standing in front of the Green River Cemetery in Springs, I wondered to myself, could this be the place... Read Story

More than a Summer Escape

August 8, 2015 11:07 pm Published by

  My first trip to East Hampton lasted three hours longer than it should have. My mother drove the family... Read Story

Shadow Land

August 8, 2015 7:13 pm Published by

  I retreated to the eastern end of Long Island, to the south shore, a place where as a homebuilder,... Read Story

For the Love of the Ocean

August 8, 2015 12:15 pm Published by

My son was six years old the first time he experienced the ocean. Although we lived only 23 miles from... Read Story

Old Memories

August 8, 2015 5:52 am Published by

“Look at this traffic! I remember when you could walk down the middle of Noyac Road.” Mom can say that... Read Story

And in ‘The End’

August 7, 2015 8:10 pm Published by

And in the end The love you take Is equal to The love you make. -The Beatles   The word... Read Story

Ring Me

August 7, 2015 3:37 pm Published by

Perhaps I was not meant to keep rings. For as long as I can remember, I have lost them. There... Read Story

The First Race

August 7, 2015 12:38 pm Published by

Under 42 minutes. A 10K road race finish time achievable by few. The annual Shelter Island 10K run, now in... Read Story

Lloyd

August 7, 2015 10:14 am Published by

Lloyd was a good-natured kid who went his own way as he grew up in Eastport in the 1930’s.   Even... Read Story

Not today, Hemingway

August 6, 2015 9:51 pm Published by

“Call me Ishmael…..pretty cool way of life out here…..everyone just kind of does their own thing…..” Written by Matt Mackey... Read Story