Category Archives: Musings

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 […]

The Final Run – My second novel begins to take shape.

SACO – This school vacation couldn’t have come at a better time.  Candidly, I have been struggling a bit with my second novel, not with the story, the characters, or the general idea that I’d like to write about, but simply with being able to find the time to put it all together. But with […]

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 […]

Circle the day on the calendar – cycling season begins this Wednesday!

Yes, roughly a month ago it seemed like the winds and weather from the Arctic would settle into our corner of New England for the duration of the winter, but as we’ve come learn, the one constant about our version of the weather is change. This coming Wednesday, many of the local forecasts are predicting […]

Unified Basketball – it’s good for the heart.

Winter is traditionally the time when high school students, their families, and friends trudge through the slush and snow to watch teenagers compete against rival schools on the basketball court. For some students, those with physical and intellectual disabilities, the chance to wear their school’s colors and don a uniform seems almost nonexistent. For students at Thornton Academy, […]

Winter might be the best time to take to the streets

PORTLAND – It’s pretty obvious that the winters in Maine can be tough for those who like to venture outside and play with their friends, no matter what the age. This year, starting in January, I joined about 50 other hearty souls and promised to take to the streets of Portland every Tuesday and Thursday […]

A lesson from a Vietnam Veteran after half a century of grief and guilt

I know this is longer than most blog posts – in fact, it’s more of a story than a post, but this past Sunday was the 50th anniversary of an event that took place half-way around the world and changed the lives of some brave young men forever. So please indulge me and read about these soldiers and their story.

Volk Packaging Corporation to create a wall commemorating military personnel.

Derek Volk

Even with the snow on the ground, and a good portion of the winter still ahead, Derek Volk, the president of Volk Packaging Corporation, has visions for building a commemorative wall to honor those who have served in the armed forces of the United States.