Category Archives: Editor’s Notes

Starting school later in the day – one teacher’s perspective

About a year ago, the schools in my community decided to adjust the start time for the local schools. The high school where I teach, Thornton Academy, changed their schedule and instead of starting the day at 7:30 a.m., students, teachers, and staff would begin the day at 8:30. With this altered schedule, instead of ending the school day at 2:05 p.m., we would now end the day at 2:45.

After a year of starting later in the day, I thought I’d share some of my observations.

A near perfect place to view the solar eclipse

BAR HARBOR – A little more than two minutes. That’s what the scientists and reporters said would be the length of time we would be able to see the eclipse at its peak. Somewhere around 2:40 in the afternoon and for just a few minutes. The question for many in Maine was where to spend those two minutes.

A gentle reminder for all writers – stay connected, keep learning, and read.

For many people, writing fiction, specifically short stories, and novels, is a way to reflect on the what it means to spend time on the planet and interact with those who are lucky enough to share the same space.

As days turn to years, and years to decades, I’d like to think I have something to share about the storytelling process and three of the most important elements or tools in that a writer may employ as they go about their work.

Biking and back roads – the best way to see Maine

After a long and often dreary spring filled with showers and cloudy days, it has been a great summer. I know the summer is not over, but when the temperature manages to reach the lower 40’s in the morning, it’s time to at least cast an eye toward the fall.

But before that happens, I wanted to pass on another reminder to get outside and see the beauty and wonder of the state we live in. And I think one of the best ways to do that is on a bicycle.

Just when you thought patriotism might be an idea lost to history

OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Each evening, from Memorial Day until Veterans Day, a small group of citizens from Old Orchard Beach, a town known more for its honky-tonk reputation and the hordes of tourists who stream south each summer to spend a week or two by the shore, hold a quiet flag raising ceremony to […]

Sometimes the simplest Memorial Day celebrations are the best.

ARUNDEL – Memorial Day means a variety of distinct and often contrasting events to people across the state and across the country. For some of the residents of Arundel, Maine, the Sunday before Memorial Day begins not with a parade, not with a barbecue, or even with the promise of a round of golf. For […]

Cycling continues to be the cheapest form of health insurance

SACO – Maybe it’s clear from the picture, but just in case there’s any doubt, this group of hardy fools is about as happy as a group of friends might be. Yes, the temperature was hovering around freezing when we left the parking lot in Saco, but after a winter filled with ice and snow, there […]

Ireland – To many from Maine, a place that feels like home.

On nearly our last full day in Ireland, we decided to try to visit three treasures. In the morning, we drove to the Cliffs of Moher and braved the sudden and seemingly endless winds that blew ashore from the North Atlantic.
The weren’t more than 50 cars in the parking lot, a very small number for one of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of Ireland, and because of the weather, we decided to try to park closer to the visitor center.

Ireland – like Maine, a land of writers, artists and poets

Today was rainy, cold and often too windy for any outdoor activities, but as teachers and hardy travelers, we found some interesting and amazing sights only minutes from where we are staying in Adare. Best of all, in my mind, the place we planned to see was directly connected to writing and history.