Category Archives: Writing

Maine Marathon Training Week Five – Volunteering and solving the cube root of a 5K run.

This week I’d like to focus on two parts of my training that seem especially helpful at this a stage of the game. As a teacher who recently saw his students for the last time, I now find myself worrying a bit less about my day-to-day schedule and more about the few projects I’d like […]

Cadillac Mountain – one of the greatest classrooms in the world.

Teachers, from kindergarten to college, are always trying to find a way to connect with the students who regularly settle into the seats of their classrooms. This year, my students and I spent a good deal of our time focusing on Maine writers and the work they produced. We studied E.B. White, Elizabeth Strout, Stephen […]

Final writer visit of the year – Paul Doiron coming to speak at Thornton Academy

Paul Doiron, the former editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, and award-winning and best-selling mystery and crime writer will speak about his work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Doiron is coming to campus as part […]

The best way finish writing a novel … train for a marathon!

Let’s start with the obvious, completing a novel is difficult and there often seems to be a never-ending supply of distractions to drag you away from the computer or the writing desk. I know the story that I wish to write and I’ve completed a draft of the book, but as almost every writer will […]

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 […]

Giving students a chance to speak directly with a writer – one of the best forms of education

Bruce Robert Coffin, a retired detective sergeant from the Portland Police Department and a best-selling mystery and crime writer from Maine will be speaking about his work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is […]

A sure sign of sickness: “I have to get my run in before the snow starts.”

At the beginning of the December, I found myself worrying about finding a way to regularly keep active during the winter, a time in our part of the world when the sun seems to set shortly after noon. I joined a group of hearty (translated – foolish) souls in Portland and for the past three months, I have been running on the roads of Saco, Biddeford, and Portland.

Along the way, something strange, but not entirely unexpected happened. I became addicted.  

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 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 […]