MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

I Know …



Someone said to me that they thought I shouldn’t write so much about Martha’s Vineyard, that I should write about where I live, or other places I’ve been. That’s all well and good, and I do write about those things… but my blog is mostly about MV and my obsession with this 100 sq mile piece of land abounding with charm and in some cases, mystical qualities.

I got to thinking about something a teacher in high school said… ‘to write what you know about.  I know how my heart flutters as it nears the ferries in Woods Hole. I know how no other place I’ve ever been delights my soul and makes me feel at peace and at home.

I know how I love to breathe deeply and fill my lungs with sea air. I know how many ‘traditions’ I have to experience each time I’m on MV. I know that it’s a hassle getting there sometimes, but that once I’ve driven onto the ferry it’s all been worth it.  I know that whether I’m physically on the Vineyard or not that in my mind and soul I am always there.


What is it that makes a place so special to a person. I know in my case it’s that MV is where my mother grew up and where I’ve been going all my life. I know also that now my family feels the same connection, and I feel content knowing that fact.

How can sea, sand, grass and trees be so special in one place. It must be that each experience is a part of the sum of the whole.

It’s also the surprises each trip to MV holds for me. It’s starting a conversation only to find out that the person you’re talking to knew you or your family years ago.  It’s dipping your toes into the water in the same spot you did when you were five years old and suddenly being transported back to that time. It’s remembering your loved ones who aren’t there in body anymore but definitely in spirit.

It’s all those things and more…. it’s Martha’s Vineyard

What does the Vineyard mean to you ?

– by Joan –


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

5 thoughts on “I Know …

  1. It means healing sea air, for the body and soul… it means freeing summer living, good food, great family times, biking and hiking and splashing in the brisk Atlantic navy and turquoise waves, feeling the worn wood along the tables in a BD tavern I’ve been coming to with my kids since they were very small… sand between the toes, flip flop weather, ice cream and fire flies around a gazebo and boats and bridges and country roads. It means Love, old and new…and renewed.

  2. Hi Joan,

    Keep writing about Martha’s Vineyard!  T he only way I can truly experience it is through your words and photos.

    Last year when my husband was having health problems, and this year too, whenever I got stressed out I’d picture myself walking through the campground and looking at the little cottages. I’ve never been to the vineyard but somehow my soul thinks it has, to feel a such a powerful connection to a place.

    Are you on Facebook? let me know so I can “friend you”…



  3. Hello Joan – The wonderful accounts of your Vineyard experiences are soothing for the soul, particularly so for me because my own experiences and feelings about the Vineyard are similar to yours.

    I encourage you to keep blogging about the Vineyard; you are doing a great service for all of us!


  4. Write about MV all you want–I love reading your posts, and seeing your wonderful photos. It’s YOUR blog–you get to choose!

  5. your words come from your heart….most people are not lucky enough to be blessed with something that is so comforting…..i understand exactly joan….i feel like where we live in blairsville is our *little corner of paradise*… i love reading your posts because, even though i’ve never been to martha’s vineyard, and the odds are, will probably never get to experience it firsthand….your words are the next best thing….. it’s like settling into a comfy chair with a cup of cocoa and a letter from your favorite sister…..what i like to call a *warm fuzzy*…..that’s what i like best about the vineyard…..your writing about it!!!!

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