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Finding the most unusual things every day

Finding the most unusual things every day

Living life Down East is one long journey, if you think about it. The path can lead you most anywhere, physically and spiritually. There is boundless beauty everywhere. All you have to do is take the time to see it and realize what seems special and unusual to the visitor is home for us.

Take It Easy – Portland in the 70s  &  From the Mountains to the Sea

Take It Easy – Portland in the 70s & From the Mountains to the Sea

Two books found me. One took me back in time with black-and-white images of a city during a decade I often think about. The other informed me of  “what might have been” by showing me in text and color images of what eventually became reality for a river. Both books, separately and together, are about Maine.

What we feel when in sight of the sea

What we feel when in sight of the sea

“O! the joy.” — Who hasn’t seen the ocean for the first time and not had a similar sentiment swell from within? Not many of us. Our feelings are personal yet remain a shared experience because of our primordial connection to water. The comforting salve the ocean provides to us in sight and sound causes emotions to bloom —be it a smile or a tear— revealing our joy and wonder when in company with the ocean.

What does democracy look like?

What does democracy look like?

I think democracy is like an old coat. Over time it becomes worn and frayed; stiches pull, but do not break. It is washed from time to time; gets beat up, thrown down, held up against the sun as we wrangle it across our shoulders. We button it to the very top — keeping out the dark cold, keeping us warm with our thoughts, keeping our empathy for one another safe within — away from the threats looking to intercede. It is a whole made of pieces.

A story can be just the right medicine

A story can be just the right medicine

Sometimes a break in the day needs us just about as much as we need that break. Deep breaths may slow down the heart rate, but a good story or memory is tonic for the soul.

For answers, head to the river

For answers, head to the river

Each of us walked away with our own personal connection to the river and to each other. We also, collectively, left as one after sharing time and place in a sanctuary of goodness. It was a good trip, a necessary journey, and one that I know will sustain us all through our lifetimes.

Take It Easy – Portland in the 70s  &  From the Mountains to the Sea

Take It Easy – Portland in the 70s & From the Mountains to the Sea

Two books found me. One took me back in time with black-and-white images of a city during a decade I often think about. The other informed me of  “what might have been” by showing me in text and color images of what eventually became reality for a river. Both books, separately and together, are about Maine.

Landslide

Landslide

I took my love, I took it down / I climbed a mountain and I turned around / And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills / 'Til the landslide brought me down — Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac...

Talk Radio

Talk Radio

In his debut novel, Talk Radio, author Ham Martin brings a daily radio program — station prompts, quirky commercials, theme music and all — to life. Even those annoying glitches are included for realism. Of course, the “talk” portions of the program are the real gems. Presented along a storyline that is both unique and unpredictable — just like radio can be — this book was a pure joy to read.

Sharing a distant horizon with a German submariner

Sharing a distant horizon with a German submariner

“It sure looks different from here,” he said. The words held their distinct tone and accent. His gaze was fixed, his body statuesque, a marble edifice on granite, fixed and determined. His face was a sponge of emotion taking it all in, and, gently squeezing out the last drops of seawater and memories of days from so long ago.

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