The History of Psychedelics

For many people today, the mere mention of psychedelic drugs brings to mind a clichéd backdrop of naked hippies, tie-dyed t-shirts, graffiti-painted school buses, R. Crumb comics, kaleidoscopic posters, and outdoor concerts featuring musicians such as the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and above all The Grateful Dead. All of that is perfectly accurate, of […]

Sharks and Fishers and Ticks

Call me squeamish and behind the times. Call me chicken hearted and anti business, but in a world in which death and disfigurement are commonplace topics on the evening news, I’ve been having a hard time getting used to Cape Cod’s love affair with the Great White Shark, a fast swimming, meat eating apex predator […]

To Pee or Not to Pee

When I was growing up, the holy book in my family was not the bible, but a thin, dog-eared, self-published paperback titled, Where to Go When You Have to Go, a compendium of public toilets in Manhattan. It listed all the obvious places–train stations, libraries, department stores–as well as friendly restaurants and hotels, and also […]

Pagan Kennedy on Inventology

I wonder if you’ve ever invented anything? My guess is that you have. That at some point you were faced with an arduous task and you said to yourself: There’s got to be a better way to do this, and after awhile you rigged up some contraption that did just that. I’m sure you don’t […]

Secrets of a Cape Cod Trailer Park

It’s not surprising, given the economy, but trailer parks are one of the hottest areas of the housing market. More than 20 million people, 6% of the U.S. population, live in 8.5 million mobile homes. Yeah, there’s that image problem, but they’re especially popular with downsizing seniors and millennials looking for home ownership. They point […]

Family Feud: Bernie versus Hillary

More delegates can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other single day of the primary calendar and Cape Codders, usually a taciturn bunch licking the wounds of winter at this time of year, are throwing mud instead of sand. It seems we’re involved in a family feud in which left-leaning activists who’ve linked […]

Does Trumpism Equal Fascism?

Donald Trump’s run for the Republican nomination has proven that voters are furious. His rants clearly speak for middle class whites that feel non-whites are the recipients of all the privilege they have lost. But are his violent tirades (NYT on 2/23: ‘I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face’) encouraging his followers to beat […]

Homeless on Cape Cod

By now the dark side of Cape Cod is a cliché. The underbelly of America’s favorite summer resort is rife with drug addiction, unemployment, and the impossible cost of housing. But few issues strike fear in our hearts as much as homelessness and many Cape Codders know full well we could someday be living out […]

Don’t Call Them Junkies

America’s attitudes about heroin addiction are changing. The ‘habit’ that was once called a crime is now a called a disease. The drug den that was once thought to exist in the inner city is now your neighborhood. The addicts we knew as junkies are now likely to be your friends, your neighbors, or your […]