Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Nor’easter of 2015

Here are some pictures I gathered of the storm yesterday. I tried to download a Real Cloud video from my friend Robin Robinson but couldn’t figure out how to do it so I shared that on Facebook. If you are a friend you can see it. It’s of Bass Harbor down on Mount Desert Island and is awesome. See if you can check it out.

These first pictures come from the internet and some Facebook friends. If I know where they were taken I will note it.
From  friend and classmate, Jean Rowling Monroe 
From Beth Pinkham--Lubec, Maine  
From Brianna Walisa 
From Heidi Varle Biddeford Pool  
From Jane Karker on her farm near Rockland. The plower had no place to put the snow.

From Judith Malburg-Haskins, Bucksport, Maine 
From George Jewelers in Rockland, posted on FB by Susan Kelley
These four pictures come from my FB friend, Laurel Butler Pierce.
From Pamela Fitzgerald 
From FB friend, Scout—Boston
These four pictures are from FB friend Susan Allen Thomas

From Therese Lessard—Biddeford
These three pictures are from TV station WMTW in Maine
Notice the sign on the right that was probably blown over by the wind.

High surf.

From FB friend Bob Skoglund who says this came from his buddy Harris in Massachusetts.
From Maine Magazine. Commuters on West Street in Portland this morning 1-28. Photo by Jeff D’Amico, Maine Media Collective
This picture from the Rockland Historical Society was posted by cousin Linda on FB. This picture is circa 1920 and shows a shoveling brigade which is how they cleared the snow off Main Street in Rockland.
The following is a homage to those heroes behind the snowplows. It was posted on FB by my friend and classmate, Judy Chapman.
I hear there is more snow coming up that way. You better gas up again, guys.

Monday, January 26, 2015


The word of the day is Anticipation. The inspiration for this blog comes from an article I read yesterday in one of the many magazines (OK it was Time) I get for nothing for one year’s time.

The article told of an experiment you may have heard of whereby a group of small children were faced with two marshmallows set in front of them. They are told they can have both of the marshmallows is they but wait for 15 minutes. If they can’t wait that long they are told they may eat just one immediately thereby succumbing to instant gratification.

The children who waited were found to be more successful in life later on and scored better numbers on their SATs.

Have we become a society who insists on instant gratification? How do you anticipate things in your life? Do you go for instant gratification over perhaps even more gratification if you wait just a bit? You must agree that there are good things to anticipate and also bad things to anticipate. For instance: If you were one of those kids who spent a lot of time waiting in a chair outside the principal’s office because you acted up in class and were sent to the principal for your punishment, that is obviously a bad anticipation. I was never one of those kids thank god, but the principal in the first school I taught in down in Kittery in the 60s had a big ruler in his office which he used on kids who acted up. Corporal punishment had not yet been banned in schools.

The trick my principal and other principals used that was much worse than the actual slaps with the ruler on their back ends was the punishment of anticipation. Kids sent to his office were made to sit in that chair outside the office for at least 15 minutes. You know what they were anticipating right? They did a lot of squirmed believe me.

Similarly, although not a punishment per se, kids didn’t like to sit and wait for the dentist either, myself included. A lot of dentistry was done without Novocain in those days by the way. Ouch.

So what are some of the good things to anticipate? How about Christmas Eve when you were a kid and thinking about what the next day would bring? How about the last day of school for the year? Or maybe you anticipate a vacation coming up or a special time with your friends and/or family like a wedding perhaps.  How about the new season of Downton Abbey? Good things, right?

Have we become a society who must have instant gratification all the time? Take this small test to find out if you grasp at instant gratification or if you are an anticipation spoiler.

Have you ever:

Skipped to the end of an Agatha Christie mystery to find out who dunnit.

Eaten a snack too close to dinner thus spoiling it.

Binge watched

Secretly opened a Christmas present and wrapped it up again before the big day.

Had a slip of the tongue and told a secret to someone before the secret should be known.

Gone to a movie you’ve seen before with someone who hasn’t seen it and told them the end before the movie is over thus spoiling their anticipation.

Told someone who won the game they are watching, which they taped previously to be watched at a more convenient time, again spoiling their anticipation.

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may be an anticipation spoiler and an instant gratification seeker. By the way, this quiz is not scientific in any way because I just made it up; but you get the idea, right?

Anticipation is one of those things that make life more interesting and happier. Hold on to your dreams and anticipate only good things ahead. This is my wish for you in the coming year and throughout the rest of your life. Here’s to Anticipation!

Thanks for listening.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Born and Raised in Maine

What does it take to be a real “Maineiac” or one who is “Born and Raised in Maine?” We’ll explore that question in this blog by highlighting some interesting sites I recently found online. Some of my Facebook friends have already found the blog “Born and Raised in Maine” and “Journey on the Back Roads of Maine.” I’ll give you a sample of some of the history and humor of Maine people and hopefully you’ll get a sense of what it means to be a Maineiac.

I have noted lately that there has been a proliferation of Maine based shows on T.V. which include a show about Maine State troopers, “North Woods Law.” Maineiacs call this area the “County” for Aroostook County which covers most of the top half of Maine and is mainly a wooded area. There is also a new show called “Downeast Dickering” which we’ll talk about later.

At the beginning of Downeast Dickering you’ll see a sign which reads, “What living should be.” I propose that we change the Maine license plates to include this phrase instead of the present “Vacationland” or “Pine Tree State.” I can’t remember which one is used now.

At this point in my life I have lived in Georgia longer than I have lived in Maine, where, yes, I was “born and raised.” In all the 30 plus years I lived in the Atlanta area though I’ve never lost my Maine roots or speech. I may have softened a little around the edges living in the South, but the Maine in me is still very present.

 Maine people are a hardy sort. They have to be because life is sometimes hard during the winter, especially up in the County. That’s where their humor comes in. In order to cope with the environment or a difficult situation in Maine, Maineiacs will often make a joke about it, believing that if you can only laugh at the tough day you’re having, then it can’t be all that bad and tomorrow is indeed another day.

Here’s a poem to illustrate that point which I found at the Born and Raised site:
Let’s look at this site some more. To quote the page, “This page is devoted [to] Maine living, Maine lifestyle and most important good ol’ Maine humor!” Not exactly perfect English grammar, but I suspect there is a true down-to-earth friendly Maineiac behind this statement.
A “Fun Fact of the Day” I came across here is: “Maine is reported to have more Moose per mile than any other state.” (Not square miles mind you)

Here are some more interesting pictures from this site that will give you a sense of what Maine is all about:
Monhegan Island
Gotta love that Maine humor.

An antiques store in Searsport which looks like a fun place to explore.


The Portland Press Herald photos of the year found on this site are also worth a look.

Journey on the Back Roads of Maine

Some great historical facts on this site along with some pictures you may not be able to see anywhere else.
The caption reads: “Some of the young cartoners in work room, Seacoast Canning Co., Factory #2. Five-year-old Preston working also. Location: Eastport, Maine” Obviously this was way before child labor laws.
Part of the caption reads: “1856-1920. Robert E. Peary attended Portland High School and Bowdoin College graduating in 1877 with a civil engineering degree. He worked as the town surveyor in Fryeburg, Maine…after retiring from the Navy in 1911, Peary summered on Eagle Island, which is now a state park, off the coast of Freeport.
Paraphrasing the caption: September 1878. Theodore Roosevelt visited Island Falls. He came with a cousin and two friends. They came by train to the Mattawamkeag Station (up in the County), the nearest point reached by the railroad, and traveled the remaining 36 miles by buckboard. They slept that night in a field-bed in the third floor of the William Sewall residence. Left to right: William Sewall, Wilmot Dow, Teddy Roosevelt at age 21.
I can tell you from my own experience of being stuck in Mattawamkeag, you won’t find a more desolate place in the dead of winter.
Photo from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Pettengill’s store, Island Falls, taken about 1920.
“It was on a Thursday in early October of 1940, that Presque Isle residents took a break from the potato harvest to celebrate the first international barrel rolling contest.”
From the Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum. “An A.G. Bryson team hauling 60 logs on a bob sled at Cut Lake, Patten. H.W. Nelson, second from left, is the foreman.”
Photo from Lois Leavitt-Harrington. “This is a drawing of Sherman Railroad Station where my dad worked. We were Sherman Station but now it is called Stacyville.”
In case you don’t know it, Maine is the biggest state in New England. It is said that you could put all the other New England states within its borders. Therefore, there are many places in Maine I’ve never been through, visited, or even knew existed. You’ll find many of these places at this very informative site such as Addison, Dixfield, and Wilton. Have fun exploring Maine here.
Down East Dickering
I hope you all have seen at least one episode of my new favorite show, “Downeast Dickering.” I’ve given you a peek at one of the shows from a video on YouTube. Just love Duke.
I hope you all have seen at least one episode of my new favorite show, “Downeast Dickering.” I’ve given you a peek at one of the shows from a video on YouTube. Just love Duke.
YouTube: Down East Dickering Tony, Codfish and Duke
The guys you see on these shows are not actually Downeasters as that distinction is given to those Maineiacs who live along the coast and especially way Downeast Maine in Washington County. As far as I can tell, these guys hail from the middle of the state towards the western part of the state. However, I expect the title was a good alliterative one, thus the use of it.
That being said, all the men on this show are about as Maine as you can get. You get a real sense of what it means to be born and raised in Maine.
More References
I recommend the following references if you wish to get more involved in this subject. Methinks there could be a good term paper here for any of you college kids who may be reading this:
On Facebook:
Rockland Historical Society, Rockland, Maine History, We Grew Up in Thomaston Maine, The Humble Farmer with Robert Skogulund.
Radio stations: WERU 89.9 from Bluehill, Maine; WRFR 93.3 FM from Rockland
Maine State Archives
Maine Memory Network
TV station Channel 7 out of Rockland.
I’m proud to say that I was born and raised in Maine. Have fun exploring the sites we’ve talked about here and learning more about the Great State of Maine.
Thanks for listening.