Category Archives: The Arts

2016 – Another year filled with good reading material.

The books I have chosen for this post might not appear on the NY Times bestseller list, or come from an author who has sold millions of copies, but for me, they are significant and important. They’ve made me think, dream, and hope. The stories shown here have stayed with me for some time. In more than a few instances, I have shared these stories with my students, friends, and family. And in other cases, I kept them for myself the way you sometimes hoard the last chocolate-chip cookie in the jar. (Don’t you do that?)

Great storytelling from debut novelist

SACO – One of the joys of joining the writing community in Maine is getting to know other writers, publishers, and editors. Each person seems to have their own take on what makes them successful and what might have helped them in their writing careers, but above all else, they seem to share a sometimes […]

Authors: never leave home without this in the trunk of your car

SACO – Not unlike many other fall seasons, this year has been very busy. Each year as school starts, I frantically try to learn about more than 100 new students, figure out a routine for the work day and family life, and continue to pursue my dream of writing and publishing. This year, I am […]

After four years of work, a novel comes to life

SACO – Thinking about it now, it’s hard for me to believe that I started working on my novel four years ago, and this past week, I sent the final edits to the publisher for review. With any kind of luck, I’ll see a printed, proof copy of the book within a few weeks. One […]

River Tree Arts Center finds itself at the crossroads

KENNEBUNK — As late spring turns to summer, the River Tree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk finds itself in a period of transition as well. As recently as last fall, Maureen DiGiovanni, the president of the board of directors, wasn’t sure the nonprofit community arts center would be able to stay in its building […]

Community College and Service Agency Form Partnership

SANFORD — The York County Community Action Corp. celebrated its first official day of partnership with York County Community College Wednesday by dedicating a gallery space at its Sanford offices to longtime employee Connie Garber. Garber was surprised to see members of the staff, the board of directors of both organizations, faculty and students at […]

Arts Education Leads the Way

As a student, teacher, and parent, I have long valued the traditional forms of education. If students studied what I considered the core subjects of education – English, history, mathematics, and science – that seemed the most beneficial and I expected those studies would have the greatest impact on a person’s professional and personal life. […]

A Story in Every Face – Humans of Thornton Academy

SACO – As a teacher, I am always looking for a way to engage my students and get them more involved in the work we are doing in class. Part of that search for meaningful work often leads me to look at the tools, systems, and the projects my colleagues are using in their courses. […]