Category Archives: Families

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 […]

The best way finish writing a novel … train for a marathon!

Let’s start with the obvious, completing a novel is difficult and there often seems to be a never-ending supply of distractions to drag you away from the computer or the writing desk. I know the story that I wish to write and I’ve completed a draft of the book, but as almost every writer will […]

Making educational institutions safe again – Arming school teachers, administrators, and the staff is not the answer.

The last few days I have watched and read the stories about the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I’ve read as students, school employees, parents, and politicians have struggled to find the right way to express their frustration and come up with a reasonable and effective solution. At a listening session at […]

A Maine teacher’s perspective on school shootings, gun control, and student activists

Like many of my colleagues, I watched in horror as a mentally unstable 19-year-old walked into a Florida high school opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, an AR-15. By the time he left the building, hiding in plain sight with fleeing students and teachers, 17 people were fatally wounded. Now, one week later, like most […]

Eric Marston – a teacher whose lessons may last a lifetime

If you’ve read any of my recent stories, you no doubt have seen me write about Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K road race. Both events are near and dear to me and in an important and significant way, they have helped a community and a number of families heal. What follows is one student’s […]

Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K – 20 years of hope, healing, and a dream for a better future.

For the past two decades, a small number of people have met regularly in Saco to plan a charity walk and run to commemorate the life of Mary Kerry Libby. Together they have created Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K road race and along the way, they changed the springtime landscape of their hometown.