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Sunday, September 26, 2021
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  • Back in mid-August I had traveled off the island early, a day or two ahead of whatever my mainland business might have been, on account of Hurricane Henri. Said hurricane did not actually cause Maine any real trouble, but that ...
  • A certain reader dispatches me a note from time to time (on paper, in the mail) encouraging me to write more about the beauty of the natural world and to give up making fun of “people from away.” I suspect he is reading somebody ...
  • My recipe for doughnuts is supposedly my mother’s, because she taught me how to make them, but mine are still different from hers. Her recipe is supposedly my grandmother’s — she needless to say taught my mom — but ...
  • Sports was never really our thing out here. I mean, these kids grow up more able than their suburban contemporaries, as a rule, and most have had the benefit of a childhood playing outdoors and getting banged up. Some can row ...
  • “On July 13th, Maine became the first state to sign Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation into law for plastics and packaging materials. [This law impacts] producers, retailers, and manufacturers of single-use plastic ...
  • My friends and relatives are filling Facebook with soft words and kindnesses, memories, connections and nostalgia. Last week was a bit emotional around here. Kevin Waters, our dear friend, mentor, emergency pilot and ... 
  • I have had random strangers tell me they know I “work for the paper,” but I don’t really, not in the sense of having my own coffee mug in the office break room (is there an office break room? That I do not know,) or of being ...
  • The hackers have been all over the news recently. After the important journalism updating us on meaningful occurrences such as “Harry and/or Meghan did or did not cause or experience a complete misunderstanding over something ...
  • I remember being “the new schoolteacher,” so-called, in 1987, without a name for the first six months as was customary in those days, and without much of a field guide to this foreign posting. The things I’d heard around Spruce Head were ...
  • It is possible that you are among those of us who miss most of the Pundit’s Commentary or the Important Person Interview on television because you are busy trying to get up close and orient your head sideways and squint so you ...
  • I was caught, rather delightfully, by a reader of this column in the middle of that sunny afternoon last week. She found me in the back of the U-Haul outside the Tractor Supply store, which was — let me think now (counts on fingers) ...
  • I write this week for the visiting friends, relatives, summer renters, and new sternmen who have in mind to play with fire while Out to Sea. Please — whether you’re out here to make money, to party, or to relax, I urge you ...
  • Recently, you will recall, the worldwide merchant marine had to line up and wait while a huge container ship was pried loose from the Suez Canal. This had to get done so the astronauts aboard the International Space Station ...
  • Fifteen years ago, if you remember, there was a certain amount of concern going around about something called “Avian Flu.” Municipalities were expected to draft disaster preparedness plans for this potential crisis. OK, perhaps ...
  • I have come to despise, for no good reason except over-use, the term “hearty souls” as it applies to the residents of any wind-blasted and remote outpost. Maybe it’s “hardy” souls. Doesn’t matter, it could be either, and both have ...

  • National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is the first Saturday in February each year. Holidays like that are important. We as a culture start ignoring such major national festivals as that, and next thing you know, we’re wearing ...
  • Remember, if you will, back to last Tuesday, when all sorts of things were falling out of the sky. As I write, it is — or was — back then, so indulge me the present tense. Every few minutes the sound of the precipitation changes, rain to ...
  • When I was a kid we had a common expression, a standard retort employed by us schoolyard smart-mouth types against anybody who said something we didn’t particularly appreciate. With adequate snarl to make sure the other ...
  • I took our Christmas tree down on January 6th, specifically aiming for Twelfth Night, or the Feast of Epiphany, or the eve of Greek Christmas, because if I didn’t try to recognize Taking Down the Tree as one of the “Days of Christmas” ...
  • I was up after bedtime the other night making balsam wreaths, one for our kitchen door and one for the island cemetery, where my husband Paul’s parents are buried. I adore the smell of balsam fir. Here in the Anarchic Autonomous ...
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