My favorite thing? Books. Island author John Hough Jr. is about to publish his newest, a novel. This is a page turner about marriage. It takes place in the year 1963 to 1964, then picks up during the Obama administration. If you are not yet acquainted with John Hough’s writing, here is your opportunity. I’ll keep you informed of any book signings.

I personally have just finished The Poisoned City by Anna Clark. In the sad genre created by the emergencies in Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action, it follows the careening coverup, bad decisions, and lies of the Flint, Michigan water disaster. Sad as this genre is to read I believe it is necessary to learn from it and band together to avoid these travesties in the future. Bunch of Grapes can get it for you. I believe in shopping in our town.

One of our favorite Islanders who relocated to Rhode Island a few years back just celebrated her Feb. 4 birthday with her daughters and their families at a Mexican restaurant. Laurie Thompson said she had a great time. She also exhibited her lovely handmade jewelry at a pop-up shop at her daughter, Harmony’s, popular bar, Askew, in Providence. Laurie never stops. I can’t wait to visit her and experience the live music at Askew.

Here’s a reminder that Stay in your Lane, the fundraiser for Vineyard House, will happen this Saturday at Barn, Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs. Raffles, prizes, bowling, tournaments, pizza and coffee included. I’ll see you there.

Our town library will jump into school vacation week with many activities for you and the kids having a staycation here. Grownups who have had experience with premature births might want to hear Sarah DiGregorio speak this coming Sunday at 2 p.m. She has written a book, Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth. This is eye-opening and vital for any family that is going through this. And the TRI housing rehabilitation staff will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the program room. Learn how you can get a loan for fixing up your Island home.

I am saddened to learn that Margaret Stafursky’s son, Robert, passed unexpectedly on Feb. 5. His Dad, Bill, died a few years ago. I don’t think I have ever met a nicer and more helpful family than this one. Our condolences to all.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along the lovely Sabrina Luening on Feb. 11. And on Feb. 16 Mary Lee Waldron takes the cake. Many happy returns.