The school buses sat idle for most of the summer, but bright and early this morning, ninth-grade students who live in Saco, Dayton, and Arundel stood sheepishly along the side of the road as they waited for the first bus ride to their new school. Driving to work, I saw more than one parent trying to […]
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.
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.
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 […]
SACO – Spring is just around the corner. At least that’s what we tell ourselves during the middle of the winter (especially this week). For many people in and around the Saco-Biddeford area, spring is also the time for Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K. Both events take place the first Sunday after St. Patrick’s […]
Sometimes the story I’m writing takes a little detour or two as the story unfolds. One of the main characters in the novel comes from an area of southern California that is only 50 miles or so from the Mexican border, but this character’s mother (Anna Martinez) was born and raised on the border between […]
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 […]