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

Waiting for the students to fill the hallways and the classrooms to come alive.

Today as I sit in my my empty and quiet room here at school, I’m thinking about the 110-120 new students who’ll soon occupy the seats in my class. I’m thinking about the lessons we’ll talk about during the first week and I’m thinking about my former students. I can’t help but wonder what they are doing as the summer draws to a close.

I am a teacher and it’s time for a new school year to begin.

A love letter to our country courtesy of Senator John McCain

Like most people, I was not surprised by the news of Senator McCain’s death this past Saturday. For the last 13 months, he and his family tried to find the best course of treatment after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. The prognosis was bleak, but he seemed to face this final chapter of his life with […]

Maine Marathon Training – using the Beach to Beacon to test my training program

T his week I’ll be participating in my 19th Beach to Beacon road race. That alone makes me shake my head and wonder about a few things, but here I am ready to head to Cape Elizabeth with approximately 7,000 other runners and participate in a race that at the same time is one part circus, one […]

Maine Marathon Training Week Five – Volunteering and solving the cube root of a 5K run.

This week I’d like to focus on two parts of my training that seem especially helpful at this a stage of the game. As a teacher who recently saw his students for the last time, I now find myself worrying a bit less about my day-to-day schedule and more about the few projects I’d like […]

Maine Marathon training weeks three and four – when life intervenes

For many teachers, the last two weeks of the school year are often the most hectic and stressful weeks on the calendar. For a teacher who is also beginning a marathon training program, the scheduled runs are usually seen as a welcome respite or as just one more task for which there’s just not enough […]

Maine Marathon Training – Week Two – The Lido Shuffle and a little bit more.

Te The training schedule that I am using (a combination of advice from Jeff Galloway and Jenny Hadfield) called for an 8-mile run at the end of the second. My week was as busy as ever at school, but I managed to complete my shorter runs, and I even did some hiking with my students […]

Cadillac Mountain – one of the greatest classrooms in the world.

Teachers, from kindergarten to college, are always trying to find a way to connect with the students who regularly settle into the seats of their classrooms. This year, my students and I spent a good deal of our time focusing on Maine writers and the work they produced. We studied E.B. White, Elizabeth Strout, Stephen […]

Final writer visit of the year – Paul Doiron coming to speak at Thornton Academy

Paul Doiron, the former editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, and award-winning and best-selling mystery and crime writer will speak about his work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Doiron is coming to campus as part […]