Category Archives: History & Politics

A semester filled with stories from professional writers

Kate Clark Flora, a former assistant attorney general for the state of Maine and a best-selling mystery and crime writer will be speaking about her work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited […]

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 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.

Sometimes the simplest Memorial Day celebrations are the best.

ARUNDEL – Memorial Day means a variety of distinct and often contrasting events to people across the state and across the country. For some of the residents of Arundel, Maine, the Sunday before Memorial Day begins not with a parade, not with a barbecue, or even with the promise of a round of golf. For […]

Stop the presses – Donald Trump has become a teacher!

SACO – As a teacher, I try not to comment about specific politicians in my classroom. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times, “our room should be a place where we can talk about almost any idea or belief without the fear that we’ll be ridiculed or looked upon in a negative […]

Thornton Academy senior works toward political future

  SACO – Most high school seniors spend their final fall semester in school worrying about their favorite team, friends and what they are going to do when their high school years come to an end. Porter Washington, an 18-year-old senior at Thornton Academy, did think about these things, but during the fall semester of […]

Seattle to San Diego by Train

Seattle to San Diego – World War II has ended. The ship that served as his home for nearly four years is about to be sold for scrap and Jimmy Connelly can’t imagine staying in the Navy another day. Without any real plans, he boards the train in Seattle and heads toward his home outside of […]

Moving south along the California coast

Another day spent in front of the computer. I don’t want to say it too loud, but I’m finding a rhythm and it seems to help. Today the storyline moved down the California coast and settled into the area near Lake Wohlford (just east of Escondido). I should be here for a few days and […]