All posts by David Arenstam

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 www.BrysonTaylorPublishing.com

Ireland – a land filled with connections to Maine

Welcome to the land of perpetual green fields, misty conditions, and driving on the ‘other’ side of the road. Like many people, my wife and I traveled with two close friends from Boston to Dublin (via Heathrow) to spend a week away from the stress and confusion that often fills our daily lives. For the next six days, as we wander through the countryside, we’ll try to find a connection every day to snowy and cold shores we just left. Here’s day one.

School Vacation – A week of chasing stories, ghosts, and a land not forgotten

For the next seven days, my wife and I are going to travel through the countryside of Ireland and try to recharge the batteries. For my students who might be reading this, yes, that’s considered a euphemism for the infirmities of passing well into the fifth decade of life.

Mary’s Walk dedicated to longtime volunteer – Ken Janson

SACO – Spring is just around the corner. At least that’s what we tell ourselves during the middle of the winter (especially this week). For many people in and around the Saco-Biddeford area, spring is also the time for Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K. Both events take place the first Sunday after St. Patrick’s […]

Teaching Trump – Day 1

For many reasons, this past year has been memorable and as a teacher, I have never had more questions or discussions in class about current events and politics. As a class experiment, we have decided to document the next 365 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, to create a journal of sorts that identifies the issues and topics that come up in class. We’ll simply label them “Teaching Trump.” I’ll place them in a separate category here on MySecretMaine.com and I hope readers will be respectful of the opinions of others.

Michael Laverriere named Gatorade Player of the Year

SACO – In some ways, Thornton Academy’s Michael Laverriere hopes 2016 lasts a bit longer.

After leading his football team all year in hopes of another Class A state championship title, Laverriere ended his career short of the goal he set for himself and the team, but for his efforts and talent, he was singled out for several post-season awards.

Day two – A writing resolution for the year

Normally, I am not one for resolutions, but this one seemed only natural. I am going to write every day for the next year. Now, before you start yelling in my direction, let me explain.

For me, writing is far more than sitting at my desk in front of my notebook or computer screen and trying to scratch out a few profound words. I am working on my second novel and as my wife may attest, that means at times my mind tends to wander ….

2016 – Another year filled with good reading material.

The books I have chosen for this post might not appear on the NY Times bestseller list, or come from an author who has sold millions of copies, but for me, they are significant and important. They’ve made me think, dream, and hope. The stories shown here have stayed with me for some time. In more than a few instances, I have shared these stories with my students, friends, and family. And in other cases, I kept them for myself the way you sometimes hoard the last chocolate-chip cookie in the jar. (Don’t you do that?)

The top 5 reasons to take a walk in the snow

If you listened to the weather reports, this part of the state is supposed to see a new blanket of snow by the end of the day. Some of the forecasts say we’ll see a mixture of rain and snow, others say mostly rain, and there are a brave few who say we’ll see mostly snow.

In any case, it seemed like a good excuse to go for a walk with the dog. If you are at all like me, just being outside will start to make you think. So here are my top five reasons why you should join me and take a step outside today.