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The Madaket Mall

The Madaket Mall

For the past few days I have been trying to come up with something to blog about.  Sure, there are a million things to write about and I have been.  I have been journaling like a mad woman and working on the play that I am here to write, “Tusk”, until all hours of the night when the spirit moves me.  I have been consumed with thoughts about the words “community” and “team”.  How are they alike and how are they different?  But these thoughts aren’t gaining much clarity, so I put them aside. Then it occurred to me that I might be down in the dumps. Hmmm…  Nope, that’s not it!  I’m working like crazy and getting a lot of things out.  I’ve been communing with people on the phone, via email and face-to-face.  Some of it’s good, some of it’s bad, but mostly, it’s just life that we’re talking about and experiencing. So no, this isn’t the doldrums. Maybe it’s just my “process”!

Oh but wait!  Did I just write “the dumps”? The dump!  YES! Last week I went with some new friends to what is lovingly referred to as “The Madaket Mall”.   All of my friends and family on Long Island, land of the strip mall, are now asking, “There’s a mall on Nantucket”?  I know! I thought the same thing.  Nope.  “The Mall” is the Take It Or Leave It area at the dump and it’s amazing!  If you’re an artist like yours truly, it’s unlikely that you are leaving empty handed.  If you are thrifty, I’m sure there’s something there that you can “make work” too.  And if you just don’t have the cash to spend on things, don’t worry, someone is about to come with a bag of clothes, or some books, or God knows what else that you might need!

“The Madaket Mall” is a place for giving and taking and I am hoping to go back this Sunday.  I can’t really take anything because I am going home on a boat. There isn’t much for me to leave because I didn’t bring much. But, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to go.  At the very least, it’s window-shopping that I can afford. It is my humble opinion that the island of Nantucket should sell “I love the Madaket Mall” t-shirts as a fundraiser. Actually, maybe they’d have to give those away.

Post Script: I will not be divulging if I did or did not leave with anything lest folks wonder about the origin of their Christmas gifts.