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Sunday, March 29, 2020
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  • from Offshore: Pollyanna Is Just My Job
    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 ...
  • As I write, it is last week, and we’re in the lull, the eye, the little break in the middle of the storm, that time when you go outdoors and size things up. The sun is breaking through, and although the radar looks like there will be more ...
  • I was staying in Rockland to put a truck on a ferry, and go to the dump, and to attend a couple of meetings on the mainland. Parked with my coffee, oatmeal, and paperwork in the breakfast room of the hotel across the street from ...
  • We woke all curled up in little balls, thin-blooded and thin-skinned, summer dwellers not yet hardened to the chill. We had worn our socks to sleep and zipped into our sleeping bags grateful for a calm night without wind or rain ...
  • On the one hand, a good case was made in the Maine Legislature in August that broadband is as important as any other utility or public infrastructure, and some of our legislators expressed frustration when their colleagues wouldn’t ...
  • The big ol’ City of Rockland was Lobster Festival busy on the morning of Labor Day. The line at Rock City Coffee was nearly out the door, mainly unfamiliar faces, not the usual Main Street working crowd. I didn’t even try it after checking ...
  • From the last week of June until Labor Day I go to work with the fishermen. As a baker, my workday begins as early as I can manage. In late June, just after the summer solstice when my little business starts up for the season — and most ...
  • I was trying to get through frying the morning’s batch of doughnuts for the bakery. The phone man was assembling his gear for the first Field Service Technician call of the day, a day already setting up to look busy. At about 10 past 8:00 ...
  • Harold Owen taught high school English, and theatre with the r before the e, to teenagers. He taught our son to play chess as a small kid, and taught our daughter a bit of piano technique. What matters, though, when it’s all said and done ...
  • Barry was only a hurricane in the technical, 74+ mph wind, sense of the word for a short time. That’s little comfort to anybody living down by the Gulf of Mexico and dealing with torrential rain, power outages, or the postponement of the ...
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