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Monday, February 19, 2018
  • A few days ago, if you happen to remember these things, it was cold. Hard to say what the weather might be like as you read these words, as we’ve definitely been seeing the boingy-boingy sort of coastal winter where a forty-degree . . .
  • As I work diligently pecking away on my laptop, writing newspaper columns in which I try to avoid presenting incriminating evidence, and answering questions about the ferry and the airplane and the one-room school for people in . . .
  • I was thinking about resolving to be more efficient and productive this year. There certainly are enough bits of fluffy advice online toward that end. All those highly structured individuals whose feet hit the floor each morning, and they . . .
  • Our new winter neighbors, who have been coming for decades and who now teach in our island school, own a pig. Now, I have island pork in my freezer, but this particular pig is not livestock. She is Penny and, sometime soon . . .
  • The weeks before Christmas around here seem primarily a celebration of crossing things off lists. There are responsibilities, and duties, and things that are great fun but still come with a deadline. Packages of goodies baked, assembled . . .
  • Allow me to begin with a small advertisement for a local event. On Saturday afternoon, December 16, in the Fog Bar on Main Street in Rockland, they will be performing Handel’s “Messiah,” just as we did in Portland at the bar . . .
  • We have a couple of new neighbors this winter. Now, before you read more, remember that a couple of new neighbors might increase the mid-winter population of this city by roughly 5 percent. That probably will not result immediately . . .
  • Our daughter the Registered Maine Guide teaches outdoor fun to little kids, much in defiance of the notion that children should be protected from every scratch and scrape and are better off safely cramming for their exams. In addition to . . .
  • I’ve written before about how we run elections on Matinicus Island, but this year it seems especially meaningful to ruminate on democracy in action in the smallest little-town sense. Perhaps it’s a bad case of rose-colored glasses . . .
  • I am going to make fun and be serious at the same time here, and it will fall to you to sort out which is which. In the past, I have told curious strangers, tourists, and chatty folks on line at the hardware store that they should not believe . . .
  • The other night I dreamt about trucks. The word went around last week that Puerto Rico was in need of truck drivers. Reputable reporters stood on waterfronts and pointed at undeliverable shipping containers filled with relief supplies. . . .
  • The Common Ground Country Fair starts Friday the 22nd and runs through the weekend. They call it a “celebration of rural living.” I’ll say it is! It is also a celebration of annual family reunions, and a celebration of spotting an old friend . . .
  • This summer my grandmother from South Thomaston would have turned 100. She lived to almost 90, but I don’t think she would have liked having to get along like an “old lady” and stay indoors too much. . . .
  • A number of years ago, there was a transient employee working on this island who — the whole town soon discovered — was an avowed white supremacist
  • Not really murder, no. This isn’t a detective story, although it probably should be. No, just an ordinary summer weekend in Maine — you know, the stuff they write children’s books about. Or they might, someday, when the public tires . . .
  • He said, “We are grateful for those who make us happy.” Our little island hosted a smallish wedding last weekend. Don’t get any bright ideas; a remote island wedding can be a hell of a lot of work if the weather doesn’t cooperate . . .
  • Our aim, pun acknowledged if not actually intended, is to promulgate and promote the good causes of Outdoor Recreation, Moderation in All Things, and Squirrel Fricassee. Here’s an idea: a nationwide advocacy association . . .
  • First we had to decide whether to have the 4th of July on the 4th of July or on some other day this year, which is usually a matter of the weather report, but we also have to consider the whereabouts of people who usually like to drive . . .
  • The next few lines should bring a great sense of relief to my husband and children, as what I am about to spout will completely destroy any chance I might ever have, decades from now, should I get in mind to run for any . . .
  • Lists have completely taken over fluff journalism. You can’t submit a lightweight article such as “Scenic Hydroelectric Dams of Central Maine” or “Canadian-style flower arranging” anymore without getting a robot-generated . . .
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