Author Archives for allison

The Hunt

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August 4, 2016 10:12 am

We relocated from Levittown to Stony Brook because of me. I’m eleven. In Levittown I hung out with the wrong... Read Story

Lionhead Rock

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August 3, 2016 10:12 pm

Out in the water, to the right, is a rock in the shape of a lion’s head. It rests its... Read Story

Welcome to Jeans Town

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August 3, 2016 1:00 pm

“The color is wrong,” said the man behind the heavy glass window. “But—all the website said was green sweats,” I... Read Story

My First Montauk

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August 3, 2016 11:44 am

The Iron Wind was making good headway through Plum Gut and the winds and tide were in our favor. The... Read Story

My First Experience

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August 2, 2016 10:40 pm

No i don’t have a childhood memory of growing up on East end of Long Island.Why? Because i was thirty... Read Story


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August 2, 2016 4:01 pm

Charlie and I drove sleepily through the town of Montauk. It was just after dawn, mid-week in August and we... Read Story

Bonacker Ghosts

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August 2, 2016 3:34 pm

  Sometimes, in the pre-dawn light of a cold November morning, at a beach near Amagansett, the ghosts come back... Read Story

Montauk’s Muse

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August 2, 2016 3:07 pm

“Move one bead over. Count your sacrifice. And then, keep going.” Light a candle. Say a prayer . . .... Read Story

Just a Groom

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August 1, 2016 3:43 pm

In the sea of brown, I spotted my ten-year-old daughter Ava. She moved rhythmically atop her pony, Mirage, with her... Read Story


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August 1, 2016 3:09 pm

I was born in the city. Never mind which one; for our purposes this city is like most others: independent... Read Story

Float Hopes

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August 1, 2016 2:29 pm

  A boat represents escape. It provides the opportunity to escape the possibilities of life on earth. Not only that,... Read Story


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August 1, 2016 9:09 am

One day your 69, the next you’re 70. What’s the difference? Damned if I know but my pending birthday has... Read Story


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July 31, 2016 8:40 pm

The odor hit me as if I had just walked into a sliding glass door. Ammonia! I nearly fainted. I... Read Story

Coping With Cancer

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July 31, 2016 6:52 pm

I had cancer. Twice. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma both times. I have been in remission for over a year now. I go... Read Story

Wedding Guest

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July 31, 2016 2:43 pm

I had never been to the Hamptons before.  I had heard that the traffic was unbearable on weekends, but I... Read Story

This Boy, a Memorial

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July 30, 2016 1:03 pm

Spring again, and it’s time to return. Follow, this way. Truth is, you’re here more than once yearly. Time in... Read Story


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July 29, 2016 4:59 pm

In the year of 1963 I was a 15 year old kid spending my summers in Wading River ,Long Island... Read Story

Boating Adventures

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July 29, 2016 3:36 pm

As young newlyweds, my husband and I loved the simple ocean views, swooping gulls, and colorful kites on Ditch Plains... Read Story

A Bird’s-Eye View

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July 29, 2016 1:02 pm

“Hey look,” the man pointed frantically to the sky, “a bald eagle!” I looked incredulously up at the pinkish sky,... Read Story

Swimming Lessons

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July 29, 2016 7:23 am

Superman-T-Touch, Superman-T-Touch – eating every wave through the rhythms of swimming lessons – memorized, internalized, executed. Doggie-paddling in the sand,... Read Story

The Dawning

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July 28, 2016 2:04 pm

I will be leaving soon.  But for now I am enjoying the sensation of my head on this cool pillow. ... Read Story

The Boy From Texas

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July 28, 2016 1:09 pm

It was May,2016 and a young man was coming to visit. He was from Texas and leaving behind 100* weather. ... Read Story

Storm Surge

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July 28, 2016 12:35 pm

My daughter, Sara, ordinarily a late sleeper tugs me out of bed for an early morning walk on the beach.... Read Story


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July 27, 2016 7:07 pm

One beautiful summer afternoon, Joan and I were invited to a clambake on Shelter Island. Our friends had a wonderful... Read Story

Returns of the Day

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July 26, 2016 7:00 am

  “Blue and green or yellow and orange?” “Huh?” “Blue and green or yellow and orange. Which do you like?”... Read Story

One O’Cat

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July 21, 2016 1:18 pm

Good old house.  Sealed up with everything that made last weekend fun and life palatable for another week.  Love-hate is... Read Story

The Snow Book

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July 20, 2016 12:04 pm

Billy observed many things from the passenger seat of his family’s minivan.  The trees, poles, and motorcars flashed like objects... Read Story

The Big Fish

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July 19, 2016 3:18 pm

My mind couldn’t keep up with how fast my life was changing, nor could my stomach keep up with the... Read Story

The Indian Giver

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July 19, 2016 9:42 am

If the Hamptons has a heart, then the Jitney is its bloodline. It keeps that muscle pulsing with a steady... Read Story

The Aftermath

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July 18, 2016 6:05 pm

The sky was an icy slate gray and the wind blew lightly over the frozen road as we struggled up... Read Story


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July 18, 2016 5:09 pm

The dump closed at 4 PM on the dot every Sunday. If I was late, I had three choices: 1)... Read Story


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July 18, 2016 3:15 pm

After attending the 8:30 Sunday Mass in Montauk’s St. Therese of Lisieux Church, my husband and I drove to Ditch... Read Story

End Games

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July 18, 2016 8:07 am

The east end is lousy with artists. Painters, sculptors, photographers, and printmakers dot the landscape literally and figuratively along both... Read Story

All Bucolic

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July 16, 2016 5:26 pm

I was ready to get away from the hustle and bustle of Boston and relax in the deep south of... Read Story

This Sand is My Land

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July 15, 2016 3:06 pm

I suppose I should declare that I am from New Jersey.  Yep, a Jersey girl. Most lifelong, New Jersey residents,... Read Story

Golf Balls and Gloria

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July 13, 2016 9:32 am

Daddy, look…there…I see one! Perched high up on the shoulders of my father, I had a perfect view down through... Read Story

Ups and Downs

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July 11, 2016 9:19 pm

“No way – I don’t know how to ride a horse.” The year was 2000. I was 34 years old... Read Story

Water Torture

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July 10, 2016 9:33 am

It’s time to alert the public about the pain inflicted every year on a vulnerable segment of the population. It... Read Story


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July 9, 2016 2:35 pm

  Resilience; the ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after something bad happens, to recover from or adjust... Read Story

Martha’s Doll

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July 6, 2016 11:22 am

 ARF Thrift shop. Water Mill. I didn’t see her right away. She was sitting on a shelf in the back... Read Story

Last Trip to Montauk

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July 1, 2016 5:00 pm

  I love living on the North Fork.  I love the quiet, the farms, and especially the wineries.  I sometimes... Read Story

Deer Dad

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June 26, 2016 7:05 pm

Deer Dad, There are so many stories I want to tell you, things I want to say, but there never... Read Story

Shinnecock Spirit

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June 20, 2016 7:56 pm

Shinnecock Inlet is my place of solitude. I find myself there whenever I’m stressed, want a drive that’s not too... Read Story

Keep Looking

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June 14, 2016 6:40 pm

Every weekend in the early 70s my Mom, Ellie, and stepfather, Jim , drove out to South Hampton looking to... Read Story

Our Goose Story

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June 8, 2016 2:24 pm

The Canadian goose was majestically circling the small pond on our property. I was riveted. “A goose!” I said to... Read Story

Jitney Journal

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June 5, 2016 10:12 pm

It was lightly misting on Lexington Avenue when I arrived at the Jitney stop and I had not brought an... Read Story

The Lifeguard

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June 5, 2016 7:40 pm

“18 laps to go,” I hear from the dock while I’m covered in muck from the bottom of the lake.... Read Story


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June 3, 2016 1:14 pm

Coco Peretti  was  our guest in Springs for about a week  last August.  She arrived with a neat bundle of... Read Story


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May 31, 2016 5:37 pm

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

I’m From New Jersey

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May 30, 2016 11:37 am

My wife Harriet was about to leave the store where she rents space from Lydia of Lydia’s Antiques in Greenport... Read Story

Why Are You a Citiot?

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May 25, 2016 10:57 am

Bring out the traffic control officers, open up Tory Burch, Hermès, and Coach – we’re only a few days away... Read Story

A Hamptons Story

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May 22, 2016 7:42 pm

I will always remember the first time I met Paul Hansen. I had been living in Sag Harbor for three... Read Story

Out of State

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May 22, 2016 3:06 pm

Long Island’s East End and Topeka, Kansas could seemingly not be further apart.  Under most circumstances, these two contrasting places... Read Story

A Piece of Dirt

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May 21, 2016 1:27 pm

Our family has always been islanders, initially inhabitants of the emerald one from which my parents emigrated. My mother, born... Read Story

East Wind

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May 6, 2016 12:11 pm

Doug was a screamer, but not that I can say in bed, only when on his boat, racing under sail,... Read Story

Hanging with Dad

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April 26, 2016 10:21 am

It was late spring in the tiny eastern Long Island hamlet of Center Moriches. The rains had awakened the sleeping... Read Story

Tesla’s Tower

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April 5, 2016 2:12 pm

Welcome to Tesla st. Shoreham, NY. For the longest time, this one small street was the only evidence to state... Read Story

The Vines of Worry

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April 5, 2016 2:12 pm

I venture out to Long Island’s parks regularly, taking hikes on paths of gravel, dirt, leaves, and pine needles. I... Read Story

The Field

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April 5, 2016 2:12 pm

Like the Statue of Liberty, the Bunny Castle welcomes me to the land that I love. Used for aircraft navigation... Read Story

The Osprey’s Fish

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April 5, 2016 2:11 pm

When I finally decided to accept the offer of admission from the tiny creative writing program in Southampton, New York—which... Read Story