Credit drawing by Jenny Junker


WCAI is committed to airing local voices and stories. In addition to our news stories and sonic vignettes that air throughout the day, and our weekly features, we occasionally broadcast  "slice of life" and "sense of place" essays from members of our community. 



Je Ne Regrette Rien
8:10 am
Thu January 1, 2015

On New Year's Day

Credit H.H. Bennett

I used to see every January first as the day the newest year’s model of ME would appear in the showroom. I think we all tend to do that to a greater or lesser extent -- it’s how we motivate ourselves to make New Year’s Resolutions. One year I debuted non-smoking Norbert, then it was exercising-every-day Norbert, then losing-50-pounds Norbert.

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Holiday Memories
12:26 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

A Christmas Note ~ Faded, Worn, and Irreplaceable

The holidays can be rife with stress about gift giving and endless lists. Dr. Natalie Mariano writes to us about her Christmas shopping list. It's a short one.

I have a three-by-five scrap of yellowing lined paper sitting in my wallet. It’s been folded so many times it’s ready to fall apart. On it, my father’s shirt and pants sizes are listed in my mother’s handwriting. “16-inch neck, 33-inch sleeve, 36 waist.” Though my parents have been gone for years, I can’t give up this piece of my Christmas shopping history.

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In This Place
1:32 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Utopia... the Vineyard in January


I think I’m partially responsible for the winter population explosion here. And this is my formal apology.

Over the years when people have asked in that incredulous voice, well I mean how are the winters out there? Isn’t it freezing? You get away for a few months, right?

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11:28 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Listening to Your Intuition

Credit JJ

Remember when how you FELT was the biggest part of you? When you had a feeling and no matter what your mind said you trusted your gut more? My grandmother left Germany in 1931 on such a feeling. It s not going to be good for jews here anymore, she said . And she sent her husband to America and then a year later when he had found a job she joined him with her two children; my mother and my uncle.

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2:26 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

The Wedding Dress


When we made plans to elope, we didn’t think much about what we would wear.  Shelley wanted to wear overalls.  She’s always planned to be buried in them, so why not get married in them.   

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12:36 am
Tue August 19, 2014

What the Mind Forgets

Paula and her Mother

Mom woke from a nap and asked Rhiannon and me, “Have you seen Rico?”

My daughter and I had never heard of him but mom is 92 and her mind has become like a kaleidoscope of the last nine decades, randomly clicking memories into focus that become her current reality.

“No, I haven’t seen him, who is he?”

“He was my old boyfriend. He was here earlier. I think he’s upstairs now with Savannah. I think she stole him from me.”

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3:38 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

A Doctor Disposal

 I came home from work on a Monday night in September and pulled the car into my usual parking spot.  The headlights lit up a blue dumpster that had been delivered earlier that day, announcing the start of our renovations.  On the front of the dumpster was a white sign that read:  “Doctor Disposal”, in big blue letters.  The T was replaced by a caduceus, the outline of a staff with 2 serpents that symbolizes the medical profession.  The sign sent a chill down my spine.

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3:09 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Do Drop In...


I grew up in New York City, there was no such thing as “stopping by for an unexpected visit.” There is no “stopping by” in New York, period. If you’ve decided to pay someone a visit, you have committed to much more than that. You have committed to walking down a New York City street, to going underground for a subway ride, to having a conversation with a doorman, and to riding the elevator with strangers.

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8:09 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Staying Focused in Summer

Credit Dan Tritle

Summer is packed with a million things to see and taste and do - not exactly a recipe for a crisp or calm presence of mind. Nancy Slonim Aronie writes to us from Martha's Vineyard  about her own struggle to stay focused. Nancy teaches the Chilmark Writing Workshop, and is the author of Writing from the Heart.

The essay was edited by Viki Merrick of Atlantic Public Media and recorded by Jimmy Parr at Parr Audio in Oak Bluffs.

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4:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

The Story of the Rings

Years ago, in the days before the words gay and marriage were ever joined together, the best a same sex couple could do was to have a commitment ceremony and wear matching rings.  Shelley and I have never been ones for ceremony, but over the years, we occasionally did think about rings.  In the end, I was always afraid someone would ask me about my presumed husband, and neither of us felt comfortable in jewelry stores, so our fingers remained bare.  

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