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Laure McCourt Lopez Interview with Dr. John Tweedie
"The best example of how to live is Jesus of Nazareth. He lived a modest lifestyle and never really owned anything. Part of the problem we have today, at least where some television ministries are concerned, is the whole 'name it, claim it' approach to things. The emphasis is on the prize, it's what's in it for you as an individual, but the Gospel I read about is a relationship with God while being mindful of the needs of others. The prize is eternity with Jesus of Nazareth; it's not a multi-million dollar mansion or state of the art jet plane. I don't think God is against people prospering and doing well in life, but we ought to remember who we are, and we ought to remember that there are other people who are less fortunate than we are. We need to be mindful of those that are in need and then live a lifestyle that exemplifies the willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of other people."
Feb 8, 2016 - 3:53:00 AM

Down the Road
All stuck up
I survived that hospital stay by watching workmen on a roof outside my window. They were replacing the roof above that roof on which they walked, and I got to watch them. Boy, such excitement. I also rediscovered that there is not much on TV worth watching. I was only too happy to escape and come home. Home is where, if you're feeling a tad weak, you can lie on the sofa instead of a hospital bed and rediscover there is not much worth watching on it. It's also where the cat can scratch -- me -- once in awhile, and I can take limps, since I'm still using those walking poles, outside for awhile.
Feb 7, 2016 - 9:48:08 AM

Down the Road
Walking to walk
Walking! I've done a lot of that in my too-short life, Katahdin (notice, one word, meaning Greatest Mountain...not Mount Katahdin as those new guys like to say and write) a half-dozen times, several trips up Mount Washington, and several high mountains along the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Been there, done dat. Now I'm learning to walk all over again. It's a little hard because I'm leaning on a couple of walking poles that make things a bit easier. No woods walking yet, because everybody -- a doctor or two and Dolores -- think I'll fall in the woods.
Jan 31, 2016 - 7:25:25 AM

Who am I?
What you are speaks so loud that the world can't hear what you say. They are looking at your walk not listening to your talk. They are judging by your actions every day. The sun does not fight and bite, complain or disclaim, pout or shout, plunder and squander. Cheat and beat, isolate and segregate, scheme and steal, hate and late, block and stop, push and shove, punish and banish, dismantle and disown. It simply shines every day on the just and on the unjust. Always in a state of diffusing energetic laughter.
Jan 29, 2016 - 3:05:31 AM

Down the Road
Trying to retire
When Dolores visits Hannaford's in Belfast, I wait in the car...too hard to limp fast enough to keep up with her. I've seen these middle age and older guys walking from and to their cars and pickups. I wonder if I had any of these geezers as students when I taught, too many years ago. I also want to introduce Dolores to Wolf Neck State Park down in Freeport. You may know Freeport for L.L.Bean. I know it for Wolf Neck State Park, where there are quiet trails through the woods to the ocean...or there were when I was last there.
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:07:46 AM

Down the Road
Where are the birds?
I have a bird question to ask you, since your column is about birds. Where are they today? Why aren't they showing up as usual? For background, the sky is blue, no wind is blowing, and we're all waiting for that next storm to show up so the sky won't be blue much longer. Now the cat, whose name we change so much I now forget it. It may be "Pest." Or something else. She lies on a cushion that's on a stool that's by the window. Although she is usually asleep, I noticed this morning she spotted both the seagull and raven. Not bad for a cat that's asleep.
Jan 17, 2016 - 12:05:03 AM

So the entire "Back to the Future" trilogy is now all in the past
Back to the Future II has anticipated interesting things for 2015, some of them, in some way, are now a reality. But there's two of them that would surely be interesting to have today but are nowhere to be found: flying cars and hoverboards. There are approximations, sure, but -- for example -- the anti-gravity-like tech, as it's portrayed in the film, we never even came close to developing it.
Jan 15, 2016 - 7:52:10 AM

Down the Road
A walk worth remembering this new year
My boot heel got caught between two boulders. Kind of an interesting situation, way up above the pond and not far north of the ocean, and I couldn't move. I've tripped on the north side of Baldpate, dropped a blowdown log with sharp branches on my leg west of Long Pond, had a hanging six-inch branch bang me on the head pretty far up on the AT in western Maine, slipped and fell on the ice in the Birds' Acre woods in Ellsworth, and a not enjoyed few more down times I hadn't been expecting.
Jan 10, 2016 - 12:52:42 AM

Leaving us in suspense
Suspense brings tension and the need for resolution, and it's exactly that which make a book become a real page-turner. One of the best examples I can offer is JRR Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings". Not just because the reader wants to know how everything pans out, but because you are following the trail of various characters as they make they individual journeys into the unknown. There's suspense right there, but when the writer throws characters into some intense moment and then leaves them hanging there, while the writer moves on to some other group that you were left desperate to know more about just a couple of chapters ago, the author offers the reader a double dose - one of exasperation and the other of relief as readers rejoin those they cared most about not that long before.
Jan 7, 2016 - 5:31:20 AM

Down the Road
Replacing those railroad tracks.
The day after Christmas, we took a short drive out Route 7 from Belfast and parked in a parking lot that used to be for passengers getting on the tourist railroad that took them over a bridge and through some woods to Brooks. It is fascinating what the city (or town) of Belfast has done. Rather than talking about future improvements for residents and visitors to enjoy, they are one by one creating them. If I could shout, "Let's hear it for Belfast!" I here would do so.
Dec 27, 2015 - 5:03:34 AM

Down the Road
Oh Christmas
Poor old Santa in his cubicle in the store, where the not yet awake-to-the facts line up to sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. But wait! There's a real Christmas story buried just behind all this commotion. Mary and Joseph, with little money, found a stable where she could place their baby. Their baby, remember him, the one who was born in a stall somewhere -- because his parents had no money.
Dec 20, 2015 - 3:15:33 AM

Down the Road
Those cats didn't evolve
I have a feeling, just a feeling, that guys such as Darwin and others who insist on evolution were and are looking for a way out. Out from what? From believing that God the Creator made these critters they way they became....I'm not discounting evolution within a species. Sure some dog became a cocker spaniel. But I'll bet that neither Mom nor Dad was a wolf...Let's really play with the extremes of evolution, total evolution. Did a mouse become a cow? No? That's what total evolutionists would have you believe if they could get you to think that little. Well, maybe not from a mouse to a cow, but from some critter to another critter.
Dec 13, 2015 - 4:58:00 AM

Down the Road
Others' Moose tales
Moral of story: when you and moose meet each other, decide which way each of you will jump to miss the other. Missing the other is always a good choice, when you're the person and not the moose. Charlie wasn't sure of that thought process. He was sure that without further pause, Mr., Miss, or Mrs. Moose sneezed, soaking Charlie and parts of the pickup that were nearby.
Dec 6, 2015 - 12:47:34 AM

Chanukah guide for the perplexed, 2015
According to the diary of Michael and Louisa Hart, George Washington was introduced to Chanukah in December (Chanukah) 1777, at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, facing the superior British military. A Jewish solider lit a Chanukah candle, explaining its significance: a conviction-driven, tactical victory against all odds. Washington's replied: "I rejoice in the Maccabees' success, though it is long past...It pleases me to think that miracles still happen." On June 19, 1778, Washington implemented the battle tactics of Judah the Maccabee, defeating the British troops.
Dec 6, 2015 - 12:43:48 AM

Belief versus Knowledge
The first step is to realize that there is a huge difference between belief and knowledge. Belief is the state of mind in which a person accepts something to be true without evidence. On the other hand, knowledge is an awareness or understanding of something, such as facts, data or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by discovering and learning. The second step is to constantly reevaluate beliefs and replace them with newly gained information based on facts or knowledge based on experience. Information and knowledge based on facts will expand understanding of the subject matter, while maintained beliefs have the potential to prohibit further understanding.
Dec 2, 2015 - 6:06:41 AM

Down the Road
Was that Thanksgiving?
We're told those Wampanoag walked through the great forest to get to the feast, lugging their deer and other feast stuff to the great feast. (Did the cans of cranberry sauce rattle during that hike?) Things are better today, I think. I walk through the great forest on a trail someone else created, but I do it for pleasure when the weather's warmer than at our November Thanksgiving.Ah, such great memories of relatives fighting and arguing. My brother was always good for a battle. ....Too bad we had no Wampanoag for him to engage in battle. Of course, had we had the Wampanoag for Thanksgiving, they may have won that battle. (That would have taken care of my non-peace-loving brother.)
Nov 29, 2015 - 5:38:12 AM

Down the Road
Moose tales retold
Another moose tale I well remember happened when I was reading the paper after eating breakfast. I remember the tale, but I didn't see the moose that created the tale. This happened in the town of Danforth, where I was principal of the elementary school, which isn't part of the tale but I want you to know that I know where Danforth is. It's right...well, more to the right. It's just up a whole bunch of roads from here.
Nov 22, 2015 - 12:43:46 AM

The largest global enterprise in the world (and it's not Apple)
I belong to a Global Enterprise. We have branches in every country in the world, and representatives in every parliament and board room on earth. We work at hospitals, schools, training centers for the handicapped, newspapers, radio stations, municipalities, and every trade imaginable. Our CEO was born in a hick town, worked as a carpenter, didn't own a home, was misunderstood by His family, hated by His enemies, deserted by His friends, and accused, convicted, tortured, and executed without a fair trial for crimes He did not commit. My new book, Stepping Out A New Believer's Guide, is my spiritual autobiography. I pray that my readers can benefit from my insights and experiences and that they come to realize the spiritual benefit ... WHEN YOU READ THE BIBLE THROUGH
Nov 20, 2015 - 5:15:22 AM

Down the Road
Tools of the trade - Cameras and Computers
Now I have graduated to a table-top iMac, which can print tales of some repute through our home printer or can send them directly to the publisher. I don't do news now that I'm retired. I send my Down the Road a Piece column to an editor in China. Yup, China. He then sends them to an online paper in Millinocket. Millinocket is about as far as I need to go. The editor can be in China, if he wants, or in Australia from whence he hails, or even in Millinocket. (He's a nice guy, who does write English...or Maineiac or whatever it is that we in the Pine Tree State speak or write.)
Nov 15, 2015 - 2:25:31 AM

Murder Revisited: Justice for Adam Walsh!
On July 27, 1981, Willis became involved in the Adam Walsh case after he had an encounter with one of America's most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, in a Radio Shack located in Hollywood, Florida. This was the same day that Adam Walsh was abducted. After being ignored by the Hollywood Police Department when he tried to tell them what happened, Willis spent the next three decades trying to find justice for Adam.
Nov 12, 2015 - 12:33:10 AM

A Bar in the Sun
Popular bars attract the sharks -- cocaine was flowing on the coast, and it was being sold in the popular bars -- I kept an eye on things and threw out the dealers after finding out that they were offering 'free' coke to my staff, which included my 19 year old daughter. During the next year I was threatened by professional enforcers working for the drug lords, I narrowly escaped a mugging by five men, and had my new car vandalized. I physically threw out rowdy and threatening customers, and even sent my daughter home, as it was too dangerous for her down there.
Nov 10, 2015 - 6:07:30 AM

Women Behind Men in Diplomatic Life
I have been a diplomatic wife for the past 10 years, and I frequently deliberated what it means to be the woman behind the man. In a world where the faces of a man, his wife and their children are expected to represent the face of a nation, it is clear that these people have to look trustworthy and behave in an agreeable way so that others are happy to talk to them, consider their proposals and sign agreements. For women, this often means that they provide an environment of social ease where people can meet in a relaxed atmosphere -- talk and get to know one another. Social events are often created as occasions to break the ice or to deepen existing relationships into friendships. In real terms, this usually means that the man conducts formal meetings in the office and signs off on agreements, and the woman organizes lunches and dinners, shops for groceries, cooks, decorates and so on. It is a secondary role in so far as female ambassadors usually hire staff to do this work.
Nov 10, 2015 - 5:49:09 AM

Down the Road
The rabid fox
I discovered it had bitten my jeans but not my leg. I tried to relax and headed on home to brag a bit. The next day in school during phys ed class, where I stood wearing my little white shorts and not really taking part in the softball game, other seventh graders approached me to see if I was rabid. I didn't think fast enough, so showed them my unbitten ankle while they waited for me to start foaming at the mouth.
Nov 8, 2015 - 12:18:42 AM

Living My Passions
I have two passions in my life: the first one is traveling and the second one only came about after I retired to become the full time caregiver of my first wife, Pat, after she became paralyzed --that passion is writing novels. I plan to keep writing novels and traveling to new places as long as my wife and I are healthy enough and lucky enough to do it.
Nov 6, 2015 - 10:27:34 PM

Designer babies -- good or evil?
We can make sure that a child of parents affected by a disease will not inherit the disease -- indeed a blessing to the child, the parents and to society. But what about enhancing the physical characteristics or the intellectual capabilities of a child? Small changes could seem good and acceptable, such as changing the color of the eyes, but when do we cross and where are the boundaries between good and evil? What about changing mental characteristics? What about a human without a consciousness? Or a human without faith? Or a human designed for evil tasks?
Nov 6, 2015 - 3:24:00 AM

Down the Road
I remember some of those childhood Halloweens down in Pennsylvania, where there was first a Mischief Night followed by Halloween itself. Of course, in my bigoted family, the mischief was blamed on the Boy Scouts. My family was great for placing blame....Up in Bethel, where I first practiced the trade of preaching, we had a late teen, whom we got to know. He never practiced pranks on us, but I toted him here and there for adventures in the forest and along the Appalachian Trail. But he had practiced some kind of evil -- not related to Halloween, because a state trooper told me he was planning to arrest this late teen. I warned the late teen to start behaving, but he must not have. He was arrested.
Nov 1, 2015 - 4:07:11 AM

Down the Road
Getting well enough to be well
The column is under way, but I'm starving. No Dolores. I think it's kind of a tough love deal. Take care of myself. But it's much easier when she's at home taking care of me. I have no idea where she is. The car is outside, so she hasn't driven off and abandoned me in my getting-well crisis. But I'm starved, which I don't think helps the healing process.
Oct 25, 2015 - 12:12:59 AM

Learning a new language doesn't have to be intimidating
The story is set long ago and far way in Carcassonne, France. It is an enchanting and beautiful medieval walled city with hewn-stone streets. As I wrote this, I fell in love with the children's personalities and what started out as a small book has developed into a 55 color illustrated book, which is illustrated by Alice Ratterree, an award-winning illustrator.
Oct 23, 2015 - 10:50:10 PM

Healing Thyself
I am finding that anyone can be who they want to be. There are pitfalls along the way and things to be learned in order to avoid self-sabotage. Even in those areas, I have found the words or circumstances come to me in such a way to keep me directed toward the future I desire. I do wonder if my niece being put in front of me was for her healing or mine. The answer, I hope, is some of both.
Oct 23, 2015 - 10:47:00 PM

Down the Road
The first walk
Fernald's Neck Preserve is 328 acres of quiet woods and trails. That's big enough to satisfy even me -- even though my after-hospital walking will be a bit limited. "Fernald's Neck was protected for conservation in 1969, when local residents, among them the late Charles Chatfield of Rockport, raised funds and formed a corporation in partnership with The Nature Conservancy to purchase 285 acres....At the parking area, ("arear" in Maineiac) we saw across the lake the cliffs of Camden Hills State Park, the one from where the woman was pushed or fell a century ago. That view was awe inspiring. We walked some, down one path to a large boulder at the lake's edge and another through deeper woods.
Oct 18, 2015 - 7:07:40 AM

Down the Road
The hospital fun
I spent three weeks in ye olde hospital. No pain at all. I could look out the window in daytime and watch workmen replacing roof shingles. Or I could watch pretty dumb daytime TV. Or I could irritate the nurses with my care. They were a good bunch. Daytime TV is great as long as you don't watch it. Generally the Belfast hospital treated me well. I had no complaints. If you have to be in a hospital, choose the Belfast one.
Oct 11, 2015 - 3:20:12 AM

Down the Road
Too many unfavorite moose
I think it was that young bull rather than the one that swam across a pond toward me that may have been my unfavorite, or the one that stood near our camp in Brooks so I didn't dare get out of the car, no the one that stared in my dining room window and watched me eat breakfast. Nor any of the others.
Sep 13, 2015 - 8:25:55 AM

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Down the Road a Piece - Buck Fever
I remember deer hunting with the late Clarence and Jim. Jim set the pace by racing through the woods. Not only could I have not held my rifle still enough to shoot the woods itself, but my rasping breath probably either scared any deer within a mile fleeing or had them rolling in the woods laughing. I never got buck fever. Well, there was that time atop a low mountain near Songo Pond, when I in the midst of a deer hunt came face to antlered face with one. He stared at me, and said, "You wouldn't shoot a harmless buck, would you?"
Sep 6, 2015 - 4:45:30 AM

Down the Road
Down that (late) summer Road a Piece
Melanoma occurred a few years ago. All my time in Maine since my little-noted arrival in 1965, I've worn shorts in summer. I used to often also go without a shirt. In the canoe, in the garden, on the trail, on the mountaintops when they were warm enough. Why wear a shirt, you just have to launder it. Then in the early 1990s, I found out why I should wear a shirt in summer. I looked in the mirror and saw this horrible dark shape. Dolores looked too and declared it a horrible dark shape. About that time a hospital ran a free cancer-seeking clinic, so we attended. After telling me three times she didn't want to alarm me, so scaring me to death, the doctor announced that the horrible dark shape was melanoma, skin cancer.
Aug 30, 2015 - 4:50:24 AM

Down the Road
There's no place like the Maine woods
The trails in the Maine side of the White Mountain National Forest I enjoyed. But I had to leave the car at a certain spot, where a gully ended the driving. Which was okay, because walking several trails in there, usually by myself, was scenic and relaxing. (I can't describe those trails exactly at this moment, because Miss Cat is busy sleeping on page 10 of the Gazatteer.)
Aug 23, 2015 - 6:57:26 AM

Down the Road
In the good old summer time.
During our Maine vacations, summers were a bit cooler. I recall driving my great aunt's 1952 Plymouth here and there, like up to Baxter State Park. We drove that trip into the park on the dirt park road until we reached Katahdin Stream Campground and climbed the big mountain the next day. A ranger told me several years ago, the park had never had a dirt perimeter road. Either my memory got sideswiped by a trotting moose or she was too young to remember.
Aug 16, 2015 - 8:12:24 AM

"To Chelsea" - A Poem by Adena Trevor
Octogenarian Adena Trevor is a registered nurse and owns and operates her own holistic nursing business. She loves canoeing, swimming, reading, writing poetry, sewing, gardening, golfing, traveling, and cooking pancakes. She has previously published an article at Magic City about Nursing, but today provides for us a Poem - To Chelsea.

"Can you draw Mom's hand?" Put it on the paper, draw round the fingers with a pencil.
"There. I'll show you how to draw in the nails. How does that look?"
"Now I'll have it for ever and a day." Put it safe. A scrapbook of remembrances.

Aug 7, 2015 - 12:25:30 AM

Down the Road
Down the Road in a wheelchair
Anyway, back to the non-title of this week's blabbing on-and-on, about the wheelchair and I. Today Dolores insisted that we take it with us in the car and I would ride in it during our afternoon walk in a Belfast park. She brought the Scion hatchback to the door, then pushed me in the wheelchair out to the car, I got up and leaned on one of my hiking poles to help steady the old guy. I also grabbed the nearest handle to the wheelchair. She grabbed the other handle. We both heaved and hahed, not heave-ho as in the movies, but heave-hah as when your half of the wheelchair weighs about 345 pounds.
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:22:57 AM

Down the Road
National Park
Now you folks in Millinocket and that area feel bad that the mills have closed. But those mills are not coming back. If all those folk in Europe had decided that America would not provide anything good for them, I'll bet they would have stayed in Europe. I suspect not many of their descendants wish they were living in Europe. I'm sure the park will not grab adjoining or nearby land. I'm sure the park will not try to interfere with your lives and your making a living. I'm sure the park will bring visitors and money to your area. I'm guessing some of you will even enjoy a national park in your area.
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:43:14 AM

Down the Road
Down the Road and Up the Trail
I think the park rangers used the correct response in citing him for his alleged illegal actions. If he knew about it, it's too bad this "causey" guy didn't let the plans for a party atop the mountain be known to the park rangers. The rangers would have stopped all the ruckus before it occurred. Allegedly, this guy "ran" along the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. I doubt that he actually "ran" a lot of it. For example, I'm pretty sure he didn't "run" up the boulders on the Appalachian Trail, the Hunt Trail in the park, just above timberline. There are metal assistance rungs -- for the hiker to grab and pull him or herself up over those boulders.
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:40:20 AM

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