From Mastic to Montauk

August 6, 2015 4:16 pm Published by

My love for the east end of Long Island goes back as far as I can remember. My maternal grandfather,... Read Story

Silver Fox

August 6, 2015 3:42 pm Published by

“Pete?” “Yes, lovey?” “A friend of mine wrote a play. It’s three nights only in the city, at least for... Read Story

Gone to the Dogs

August 6, 2015 11:27 am Published by

  In one of the more fashionable Long Island villages, some restaurants have been serving up cuisine on narrow outdoor... Read Story

A Different Experience

August 5, 2015 9:45 pm Published by

I have been coming to East Hampton since 1990.  East Hampton impressed me  the first time I got off the... Read Story

My Brother

August 5, 2015 9:30 pm Published by

My brother means the world to me.  We are constantly fighting over the little things and he is always getting... Read Story

Travels With My Aunt

August 5, 2015 1:19 pm Published by

It was to be the very first summer since childhood in which I would not be indulging in every delectable... Read Story

Blue Moon

August 4, 2015 10:06 pm Published by

  What are you going to be when you grow up?  I think this was the most difficult question that... Read Story


August 4, 2015 5:51 pm Published by

Many years ago I was born again, not in a religious sense but in a medical one. A stranger had... Read Story

The Woman in the Bathroom

August 4, 2015 3:16 pm Published by

For the first few weeks, bleary-eyed and half asleep as I wandered up the dock and into the marina bathroom... Read Story

All Points East

August 4, 2015 11:41 am Published by

Imagine you’re underwater. You’re suspended in total relaxation where the noise from the outside world can’t penetrate and air bubbles... Read Story

Where do you live?

August 3, 2015 5:09 pm Published by

I want to start out by saying that I am not preoccupied with death. I am preoccupied with my obituary.... Read Story

The Mustard Seed

August 3, 2015 4:32 pm Published by

Recently there was a reading in church from the New Testament about the tiny mustard seed outgrowing all other garden... Read Story

Utopia: A Peg on the Wall

August 3, 2015 3:29 pm Published by

Despite what the movies depict, the life of an Architect is not necessarily a string of glamorous moments.  If you... Read Story

Rita’s Stable

August 2, 2015 9:17 pm Published by

“He is dying, Aphrodite; luxuriant Adonis is dying. What should we do? Beat your breasts, young maidens. And tear your... Read Story


August 2, 2015 3:51 pm Published by

The sun goes in and out and I am relaxing for the first time this summer. It’s almost as if... Read Story


August 2, 2015 2:00 pm Published by

In August 1998 I saved my money as a supervisor in a women’s homeless shelter in New York City to... Read Story

The Man in the Chef’s Hat

August 2, 2015 1:24 pm Published by

While growing up during the Great Depression, my respite from the poverty that surrounded me was Saturday afternoons in the... Read Story


August 2, 2015 9:11 am Published by

In an earlier incarnation, during that opulently sensory, promise-laden, unchained time between college graduation and reality, I imagined for myself... Read Story


August 1, 2015 7:27 pm Published by

This is the story of two men, two fathers.   They didn’t grow up on the east end but they came... Read Story

On Shores

July 31, 2015 11:01 pm Published by

Perhaps this is your first time bringing a friend home from college, and it didn’t take much urging: Southampton Shores,... Read Story

Mapless in Suffolk

July 31, 2015 6:25 pm Published by

Let me take this opportunity to thank the many residents of the Hamptons and Riverhead who gave me directions last... Read Story

Rufus and Rastus

July 31, 2015 3:36 pm Published by

I’m not sure how old I was, but I was too young to attend school when my father bought two... Read Story

Going Home

July 30, 2015 12:00 pm Published by

I had looked forward eagerly to lunch with my friend Anne, who was visiting Long Island from North Carolina. We... Read Story

On Shores

July 29, 2015 2:21 pm Published by

Perhaps this is your first time bringing a friend home from college, and it didn’t take much urging: Southampton Shores,... Read Story

Giving Thanks in Marrakech

July 29, 2015 12:56 pm Published by

My wanderlust will forever be the impetus for me to reach the four corners of the globe. With my sights... Read Story

Happy As A Clam!

July 29, 2015 12:34 pm Published by

The adults living in the tightly knit New York City neighborhood in which I was raised had something in common... Read Story

Three Rights Make a Left

July 29, 2015 11:45 am Published by

A fear of flying has caused me to wake in hysterics over vibrations from the slightest turbulence. I’ll look around... Read Story

Horse Love

July 28, 2015 1:30 pm Published by

On January 17, 1991 the world changed. Operation Desert Storm began and I involuntarily became a horse owner. That first... Read Story

My MasterCard Commercial

July 28, 2015 12:11 pm Published by

It was summer of 1984 and we had been coming to the Soundview Inn in Southold for a few years.... Read Story

Getting Gorgeous

July 27, 2015 9:14 am Published by

The Hamptons are among the nation’s most gorgeous locales. The women living and vacationing here are equal to the landscape.... Read Story

Farther East

July 26, 2015 12:37 am Published by

I’ll never fully understand the ambition that drove my father to build a beach house in the Hamptons. Dad was... Read Story

The Competition

July 25, 2015 9:39 pm Published by

  “I’m finished,” she shouts. “I have finished my essay and I am sending it off to Dan’s Papers.“ Once... Read Story

A Magical Place

July 25, 2015 8:35 pm Published by

My grandmother became sick the winter I was in first grade. I knew it was serious. The adults all huddled... Read Story

Mr. Davis

July 25, 2015 12:30 am Published by

Mr. Davis was growing into middle age… GOSH he was so successful. Big Money. Big Homes. Big Yacht. Big Helicopter.... Read Story

Forever Montauk

July 24, 2015 8:29 pm Published by

Yeah! It’s finally summer and BEACH DAY SUNDAY!  Hope Mom remembers my little pool, and my favorite towels.  We wait... Read Story

Paumanok Revisited

July 24, 2015 3:20 pm Published by

I was 2,000 miles away in the bold sun and vast, blue skies of New Mexico when our family home... Read Story

Souvenir of Montauk

July 24, 2015 11:56 am Published by

  I do not know why we thought this was going to be so hilarious, but we did. We were... Read Story

The Phantom Albino Fawn

July 23, 2015 3:36 pm Published by

  A slight breeze blew in from the north on that clear, cold, early December morning as 120 deer hunters... Read Story

East Marion’s Captain

July 23, 2015 11:01 am Published by

  Part 1 On a crisp morning, before the fall met the  winter, the kid named Michael stood on the... Read Story

The Skinny

July 22, 2015 5:58 pm Published by

Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed the harmless taboo of skinny dipping.  As a teen growing up in... Read Story

Beach Birthday-Suit Bingo!

July 22, 2015 2:14 pm Published by

Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed the harmless taboo of skinny dipping. As a teen growing up in... Read Story

The Bee Mitzvah

July 22, 2015 1:58 pm Published by

  Another farm sold. The modest house and smattering of out buildings were now in the sights of a demolition... Read Story

A Father’s Gift

July 21, 2015 4:50 pm Published by

I am where I want to be because the East End is pockmarked with so many fresh water lakes and... Read Story

Life on the bay

July 21, 2015 3:18 pm Published by

In many not insignificant ways, I don’t live a very happy life, though I’m a happy person with an unwavering... Read Story


July 21, 2015 12:08 pm Published by

  The Pine Barrens are green again. For many years, I passed that large patch of forestry west of Exit... Read Story


July 20, 2015 11:21 am Published by

There have been other waters. Once and again. But they were waters that promised more than could possibly be delivered,... Read Story

Cupid at the Privet Hedge

July 20, 2015 8:45 am Published by

“Where’s East Hampton?” I asked a friend. “Somewhere out on the Island, I think.  Why?” Having recently learned of East... Read Story

The East End of Heaven

July 18, 2015 7:28 pm Published by

  My Wife’s a Long Island girl, through and through.  Born on the South Shore, she grew up as a... Read Story

Between Two Roads

July 17, 2015 5:03 pm Published by

They rose like dark spires from the earth ––– the burial mounds of a forgotten civilization, tombs of forgotten kings... Read Story

Always Be The Water

July 14, 2015 8:35 am Published by

  Last weekend, while strolling along what I refer to as “the apron” – a beautiful stretch of beach in... Read Story

Quogue and Calamity

July 13, 2015 3:36 pm Published by

New York City’s notorious “French Connection” case became a book, then a movie, and, in later years spawned a more... Read Story

My Sandbar

July 13, 2015 11:47 am Published by

The sandbar was the same. Well probably not exactly as it appeared years ago, since tides change and years erode... Read Story

The Cabin In The Woods

July 11, 2015 10:27 pm Published by

I never thought I’d share this story. My younger sister and I made a pact never to speak of it.... Read Story

World Wide Widowers Club

July 10, 2015 1:45 pm Published by

In 2013, I joined a club called WWWC. It’s a very exclusive club as not everyone can join because there... Read Story

Saving Grace

July 9, 2015 5:41 pm Published by

A perfectly placid day at the beach; it is the reason I live not far from the pristine shores of... Read Story

Car ride memories.

July 9, 2015 9:26 am Published by

My earliest memories of the East End of Long Island come from day trips that I took with my family.... Read Story

Dad,Shells and me.

July 8, 2015 9:45 pm Published by

There is so little time for fun or family in the life of a man who makes his living on... Read Story

Never Say Never

July 7, 2015 2:33 pm Published by

The renovations were finished, the house was perfect, and I was never moving again. Our expanded ranch had a three... Read Story


July 6, 2015 2:10 pm Published by

Even after fifty years every time I go to Montauk I can still hear my mom’s voice. As my dad... Read Story

The Point

July 6, 2015 10:41 am Published by

  The boy raised the present over his head and brought it down hard against the stone counter, breaking it... Read Story

Back to the sea

July 5, 2015 9:08 pm Published by

There was a time when going to the Hamptons was something that city people did only in the summer. My... Read Story

The Helen Keller House

July 5, 2015 8:56 pm Published by

The East End of Long Island was home to the last summer Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller spent together. The... Read Story

The Album of ’76

July 5, 2015 6:58 pm Published by

“Scenes from the Boardy Barn and our first house in the Hamptons.  Also the Brooklyn guys and people we have... Read Story

Robins Island

July 1, 2015 2:56 pm Published by

Sometimes a circle is the only way to go. For Dickie, Allen, and myself, getting up at 5AM to waterski... Read Story

Facebook Redux

July 1, 2015 2:22 pm Published by

  Facebook (FB) has revolutionized inter-personal relationships, and its worldwide appeal is built on its inherent ability to communicate an... Read Story

Beautiful Messes

June 30, 2015 11:54 am Published by

Everything is beautiful but not everyone can see it. –Confucius Excuse the mess. We live here.        –Unknown   Making... Read Story

Shots in the Hamptons

June 30, 2015 11:08 am Published by

For two summers in the late 90’s, I earned money being mistaken for a shot girl.  Although I did not... Read Story


June 30, 2015 6:52 am Published by

The East End is enchanting. It’s like a siren that lures you in with its special song of sea, sun... Read Story

Looking for Einstein

June 28, 2015 12:31 pm Published by

Many years ago, my husband Bob would tell visitors that Albert Einstein may have (or had, depending on the amount... Read Story

Helen’s House

June 27, 2015 6:46 pm Published by

Helen’s house was not like any Hamptons houses I’d heard about or imagined. It wasn’t on or even a close... Read Story

Dream Home

June 26, 2015 7:50 pm Published by

“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”... Read Story

Alive with Words

June 25, 2015 12:56 pm Published by

I’ve been thinking about how poets become poets. My theory begins with Wordsworth’s lines about the child being father to... Read Story

The Last Bite of Childhood

June 24, 2015 10:28 pm Published by

On Columbus Day Weekend on the East End of Long Island, after the sparkles dull and the beaches empty, fishermen... Read Story