09/18/16 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | These window boxes will be closed soon. The ivy plants were actually planted in their pots, since they’re the same plants I keep inside in winter. The tuberous begonias may come in but they rarely make the transition well. Or maybe I’ve never figured them out. I then cover the boxes with pine boughs which look better than dirt.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | These window boxes will be closed soon. The ivy plants were actually planted in their pots, since they’re the same plants I keep inside in winter. The tuberous begonias may come in but they rarely make the transition well. Or maybe I’ve never figured them out. I then cover the boxes with pine boughs which look better than dirt.

Some time ago, in the gym, a fellow gardener (and actually a much better gardener than I am), said to me, “I always read your column, Carol and it’s very useful.”

Then she added, “I always know all about the content,” as she surely would, of course.

“But what’s really helpful? It keeps me on my toes.”  (more…)

08/23/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Friday is National Women's Day.

COURTESY PHOTO Friday, August 26, is Women’s Equality Day.

Because this Friday, August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, it might be the ideal time to look back on a piece of American history that, surprisingly enough, is not mentioned in any of the excellent films about the Women’s Suffrage movement (“Iron Jawed Angels,” Suffragists,” for example) but deserves closer scrutiny. Why? Because it just might tell us something, not about political truth, but about personal truth and how men come to see women. (more…)

06/26/16 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | The end of my log. How long will this project take? No idea. If I need the dining room table, my log can move to the garage. That’s why I have a Shelter Island Buck in the house!

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | The end of my log. How long will this project take? No idea. If I need the dining room table, my log can move to the garage. That’s why I have a Shelter Island Buck in the house!

When last we met, if you recall, I was contemplating a fallen log, and wondering if I’d gone round the bend, but really, really wanting it for my sofa table shelf, planted of course with succulents. (more…)

05/09/16 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO High fives all around from the Bucks at a game last year at Fiske Field.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO High fives all around from the Bucks at a game last year at Fiske Field.

Heads up, Islanders, spring is here and we’re set for new season for the Shelter Island Bucks.

This year’s team — the defending Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League champions — will soon be arriving with the 2015 HCBL trophy and a bat signed by each member of last year’s team.

Fiske Field has been rolled and the grass is a brilliant green thanks to all those rainy spring days. There are new dugouts ready and waiting and the players are expected to be on the Island the first day of June. The first two games, both at home, will be played that week.

That’s the good news. Now we have to take a short look at the bad news and come together to solve a problem. (more…)