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. 


A Doctor Disposal

Aug 12, 2014

 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.

Do Drop In...

Aug 11, 2014


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.

Staying Focused in Summer

Aug 6, 2014
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.

The Story of the Rings

Feb 14, 2014

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.  

Just Dancing Birds

Jan 4, 2014
Vern Laux

The end and the beginning of every year inspire us to make resolutions -  or -  at the very least, reflect on the way we move through the world.

Nancy Slonim Aronie teaches the Chilmark Writing Workshop and is the author of Writing from the Heart.

Gratitude in the Air

Dec 1, 2013
Sara Piazza

Is it better to give than to receive?  Commentator Nancy Slonim Aronie of Chilmark has found that it's often a tie. Nancy teaches the Chilmark Writing Workshop and is the author of Writing from the Heart.

Celebrating Your Identity

Sep 5, 2013
Olve Utne

It's Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and commentator Nancy Aronie of Martha's Vineyard celebrates her identity.  Nancy teaches the Chilmark Writing Workshop.   Thanks to Jimmy Parr on Martha's Vineyard for recording the essay.

Welcoming Sights, Sounds and Aromas of the Season

May 20, 2013
Daniel McKeon in Provincetown

A warm breeze, a gathering of friends, and the clanging of pots and pans are welcoming signs of the season for commentator and writer Marcene Marcoux.

A Mother's Legacy

May 10, 2013
Crops for a Cause

Sunday May 12 is Mother's Day, and writer Nancy Slonim Aronie has been mulling over the legacy that a mother might leave her children.  Nancy is the author of Writing from the Heart, and teaches the Chilmark Writing Workshop.

Developing a New Habit

May 1, 2013
Nancy Aronie

Usually we talk about people trying to break habits.  Commentator Nancy Slonim Aronie of Martha’s Vineyard is trying to develop one.  Nancy teaches the Chilmark Writing Workshop, and is the author of Writing from the Heart.

Tim Lineaweaver, a psychotherapist from Woods Hole, reflects on a painful personal history, and what it takes to confront and overcome violence. As a psychotherapist, Tim works with clients suffering from addictions and trauma. Note: the content of this essay is intense - addressing subjects of a sensitive nature. 

This essay was edited by Viki Merrick, and produced by Atlantic Public Media, our production partners here  in Woods Hole. 


Lucy Vincent Beach: "The Goddess" Sculpted by Recent Storms

Apr 6, 2013

Lucy Vincent Beach on Martha's Vineyard is renowned for its beauty. A series of winter storms reshaped the already shapely hideaway known as "the Goddess." Shelley Christiansen recently stepped out on the sand to survey the changes and appreciate the beauty that endures.   

Love Affair with Letters Lasts a Lifetime

Mar 31, 2013
Sara Piazza

Letters on paper possess a special power: by them we fall in love, by them we mark the passage of time. Now they are becoming increasingly rare. Nancy Slonim Aronie of Martha's Vineyard laments the loss of sending and receiving letters.

Audio posted above.

Nancy is the author of "Writing from the Heart" which will be released as an Ebook this May.  She teaches The Chilmark Writing Workshop.Her essay was edited by Viki Merrick, of Atlantic Public Media.

Glasses, Clarity and Life

Mar 21, 2013
Dan Tritle

It's amazing how new glasses can help clarify everything in your life -- even those things you can't see.   Martha's Vineyard writer Nancy Slonim Aronie had this moment of clarity.

Mysterious Uninvited Visitor Eats Cereal, Takes Pants

Mar 15, 2013

Like many Martha's Vineyard residents, writer Shelley Christiansen enjoys the island's laidback atmosphere.  But it can bring about the unexpected. In this essay she recounts the mystery of a burglar who didn't burgle. 

Audio posted above