Category Archives: History & Politics

From the Berkshires to Bremerton

Today was another successful day of editing, writing and rewriting. I think I managed to make it through another 50 pages in my book, Homecoming. Today the story went from the foothills of the Berkshires to the Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. Perhaps this is my favorite sentence of the day. “He had money in his […]

Unintended Consequences – Graduation, Grades, and Goodbyes

SACO – As a teacher, the end of the year is always a mixed blessing. I know that summer is right around the corner, the weather is usually warmer, and the days are often long and sunny. In school, especially in high school, it’s a time when you say goodbye to students you’ve worked with […]

Lufthansa 747 flies low over Auburn-Lewiston airport

F rom the distance, the large dark silhouette is suspended in the clear morning air. With the telltale bump over the main cabin and it’s landing gear and engines hanging from the underside of the fuselage, the shadow more resembles a large ink-spot than a sleek, sophisticated aircraft. But slowly, there’s no mistaking the sound […]

60 days later … have you done anything yet?

I’ve been waiting; we’ve all been waiting. On Thursday, October 17, at about 12:30 a.m. President Obama signed new legislation for the temporary spending plan that was passed by both the House and Senate. Passage of this agreement, after 16 days of arguing and fighting, funded the government for approximately 90 days. It allowed furloughed […]

Out of Eden Walk – One year later and still walking

It’s not exactly Maine news, or information about our state, but in a way, I think it’s connected. I hope you like the update. About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to meet Paul Salopek and his editors from the National Geographic Society. At the time, I was enrolled in graduate class in narrative nonfiction […]

Saco says goodbye to RSU 23 … What’s next?

SACO – OLD ORCHARD BEACH – The election is over and by a margin of 3-1 the citizens in Saco voted to leave RSU 23 and form their own administrative school unit. Here are some of the facts from the election and few interesting observations. Today, there are almost 20,000 people living in the city […]

Mike Michaud – a courageous man speaks

Tomorrow is election day throughout the state and that means it’s one year until we elect our next governor. Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud made a simple announcement and tried to focus next year’s election on the issues and not the personal life of the candidates. Michaud wrote an opinion piece for this news site […]

Sometimes history is just a train ride away

For 86 years they couldn’t win the big one. Now, for the third time in the last 10 years the Red Sox are knocking on the door. For those of us who grew up in the greater Boston area and transplanted ourselves to Maine, this time of year we often feel a strong pull from […]