06/21/15 3:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Julie Lane

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Julie Lane

In a season of commencement speeches and advice to graduates, I was reminded of an old newspaper column called “Nobody asked me, but …” So here are some lessons, learned from a master teacher.

As you prepare to graduate, you are likely filled with conflicting feelings of fear about the unknown and confidence about your readiness for new challenges. Given the quality of the education you’ve received at Shelter Island School, you will be carrying with you the basic tools to succeed, but you haven’t been taught all you will need. (more…)

06/13/15 12:00pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND

JO ANN KIRKLAND

The sun was setting gently over the horizon on Shell Beach as the weary band of survivors huddled in their beach chairs. The moon rose as they spoke, lighting up the shadows of their faces.

Voices rang out in the stillness, startling a nearby seagull.

“There’s so much less laundry to do,” one mother said. (more…)

06/13/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Maggie Davis in action in a spin class.

COURTESY PHOTO
Maggie Davis in action in a spin class.

A question that usually arises when I am speaking with people who exercise on a regular basis is: “Can an older person safely begin an exercise program and reap benefits?”

I decided to speak with fitness instructor Maggie Davis. She started working out to keep herself in shape and has been a certified trainer for the past 25 years. (more…)