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Saturday, August 8, 2020
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  • Last week a relative sent a long, thoughtful note querying me on whether I might take on the task of composing a booklet of advice for parents who are unexpectedly homeschooling, or looking into homeschooling, and wish to be ...
  • If you read the papers you don’t need me to tell you about how Kevin Waters, owner of Penobscot Island Air, did so much to make island life safer and happier. Heroic reminiscences of Kevin are rapidly approaching folklore and ...
  • As I write, it is Wednesday last week, and day four of the dense fog. It has not been what we call “flyable” since Saturday the 20th. Fog here interferes with everything — the mail, the groceries, the beer, what you’re going to do ...
  • In these days — and you know what I mean, I don’t have to say it — many of us are subject to mind-bending self-analysis. Everything we’re doing differently has mental health and happiness ramifications and we’re suckers for ...
  • I’m glad I do not own a camp, cottage, cabin by the lake, summer place, lodge, second home, private island or Cliffside Aerie — that last one likely some quaint little nook of a retreat, a modest hideaway with only a staff of maybe ...
  • I was a well-behaved child for the most part. I always did well on spelling tests, stood in line in size order as we school kids did in those days, and audibly recited the pledge of allegiance. I wore the various insignia on my Brownie ...
  • The Phone Man over there on the other side of the room, taking a break from bush-hogging and perusing the local news on his computer, informs me that “the Rockland Golf Club and the Goose River Golf Club are opening” ...
  • It was time to go to the dump. Ahem; the transfer station. That cannot be accomplished virtually online by way of any Zoom meeting so I was gearing up for my first trip to Rockland in a month. Also, people on the island needed ...
  • I was fortunate, in retrospect, that when I was employed as an elementary school teacher nobody told me I had to teach arithmetic in a way that differed greatly from how I was taught it myself. Likewise, as a parent, I had the ...
  • I wasn’t going to do this. I had more or less promised myself I wouldn’t offer a column about the Coronavirus, because I have nothing factual to add to the science, and because folks who are truly on the front lines of hardcore First ...
  • The first crocuses of spring appeared out here on Election Day, a day remarkably warm and sunny here, almost threatening to suggest spring. The next day brought a screeching gale. The gale is our default; the not-quite-spring flowers ...
  • I’m going to ramble into a more serious world this time, with your indulgence. For a few days last week I was a day’s journey away, visiting somebody in the hospital, which was, if nothing, a deep exercise in gratitude. The enormous ...
  • I was in one of our local supermarkets buying peanut butter and jelly for some good purpose, a long ferry ride possibly, or a slog through some prickly woods at search practice, or a rainy day in a hotel room typing like a madman ...
  • As the so-called Town Clerk, even though this place isn’t technically a Town but somewhere between that and an Unorganized Territory — some suggest maybe a Disorganized Territory, and admittedly most people don’t have the time in ...
  • I love to brag about how the air service pilots, and the fishermen with their own boats, show up with everything islanders need from life-saving prescriptions to new boilers. Then, hand over hand, block-and-tackle or just ...
  • As you read this, Christmas will be something that happened last week and 2019 is probably winding up. As I scribble, it is still a couple of days before Christmas. The winter solstice has come, the shortest day is behind us ...
  • Islands, as every child can explain, are bits of land you get to by boat. Everybody knows that. On a few fortunate islands there are airstrips. There has been some sort of air service to and from Matinicus for a couple of generations now ...
  • Paul bought the Tirolia wood and coal stove new, from a woodstove retailer in Owls Head, back when he first bought his house on Matinicus. Looking nothing like a “traditional” woodstove, the Austrian-made Tirolia was basically a white ...
  • “Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough,” said the old man, “and I can move the Earth.” The same might be said about an iron cookstove. Our old woodstove is outside, on a pallet, already stripped of reusable parts....
  • Two weeks ago I bragged in these pages about how our power didn’t go out, and how we were sitting here fat and happy on our little ledge-pile while the storm tore up the neighborhood elsewhere. One should always be careful ...
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