No billboards, no shopping – Happy Thanksgiving.

People who are lucky enough to live in Maine have many things to be thankful for. Take just a minute today and look around.


We have clean, fresh air and beautiful views from every region of the state. Caring and kind people fill the small cities and towns throughout the state. On a personal note, teachers in our classrooms continually try to find ways to help improve the lives of the students they see each day.

Mainers, for the most part, are a stoic, self-reliant, and hardy group of people who simply look to improve their little corner of the world. With a long tradition of stewardship, Mainers seem to intuitively understand our relationship with the land, the mountains, and the sea.

Today, as I sit and think about my family, Thanksgiving, and the stories that will come later today, I’m glad this is my home.

Yes, I now realize I haven’t talked about the title of my blog post, but here’s the deal (as I sometimes say in the class room), I almost don’t have to.

Today is a day where you are supposed to rest, take a breath, and think about those that mean the most to you. I could be wrong, it’s not about rushing to the store to buy a TV or computer and saving a some money.

There’s enough time for that already. So, from a transplant from Plymouth, Massachusetts, have a great day and enjoy the cold weather. I think it’s here to stay.

David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at