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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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  • 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 ...
  • Our son seems to be getting mushy and sentimental. He did just turn 30, which is strange enough. Nothing makes a man want to do something that didn’t used to matter (like coming home) so much as being told it is a bad idea, terribly ...
  • The week before Thanksgiving was truck day. Well, you might argue, the whole week wasn’t technically truck day, but it pretty much felt like it. I had four days on the mainland, each full with a list of things to get done before an ...
  • I know it’s a license plate motto, and a rather Quakerly-sounding inside reference, but I do “have a friend in Pennsylvania.” Several, in fact. A couple of our buddies who live near Penn State spend as much time at their Matinicus ...
  • The ground rules, as established by me, are as follows: if you are going to write about us then we get to write about you back. It’s only fair. For that reason I don’t think they like me at The New York Times anymore....
  • I don’t know what my son thinks of the idea of turning 30. I know what I think. I think it’s just plain weird. It wasn’t so long ago that the pilot would boost our little boy — or his sister, whoever’s turn it was — into the front seat of the ... 
  • Had this been an ordinary year, I’d have been perched in a tiny office above the fairground’s exhibition hall just before each day kicked into gear. I would have written out my short script, reminded myself to slow down, cleared my throat ...
  • We like a few days off in September, after a busy summer putting out fires both crackling and imaginary, and like many we arrived at the conclusion that a ride around a less populated section of our great state might be the best of all ...
  • There is much to be thankful for in the pursuit of squeaky-clean elections when you’re the town clerk and registrar of voters in an extremely — and I do mean extremely — small town. Of course there are still a few misconceptions to be ... 
  • The somewhat more serious piece I was considering for this week will have to come across your table another time. Occasionally, in the world of newspaper columnists, an abrupt change in the fabric of the space-time continuum ...

  • As tropical storm Isaias began its milk run from port to port up the Eastern Seaboard, all us disaster preparedness geeks and hurricane nerds started watching the websites and the radar and the rats-nest of track maps, looking ...
  • 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” ...
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