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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

Down the Road
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

Down the Road
Down the (Searsport) Rud a Piece
We moved here because, when I taught school in Thorndike, I lived in Swanville and got to know the area from Searsport to Camden. Until I have a faulty hip replaced at the Belfast hospital, our "sport" is taking photos, many of which become our iMac screen savers. Once that new hip is in place, we plan to do a lot of walking on the many trails in the region.
Jul 12, 2015 - 6:56:15 AM

Special WW1 Remembrance -- The Baker Boys
He was a wonderful grandfather who involved all his grandchildren in his special way. It was not until his WW1 diaries came to life that I was able to comprehend just how involved in the war he had actually been, and just how much life experience he really had as a consequence. Victor's wartime story, along with that of his older brother, Malcolm Robert Baker, who was killed during the battle of the Somme, is recounted in the book from Victor's old diaries, along with extensive research and supporting images.
Jul 10, 2015 - 9:19:02 AM

Food for Thought
If an entire people can be regarded as "awful" in the eyes of a child, what is the cause? No doubt bigotry is learned at an early age. Exposure to negative stereotyping determines the way children look at others. On their own they communicate and play together, regardless of their color or creed. Once they learn prejudice from misguided adults, they discover they can inflict pain by hurling racial epithets at each other. If they are lucky, they are cured of this "disease" through self-examination or by enlightened teachers who appear along their life's path.
Jul 10, 2015 - 9:14:15 AM

Know Thyself
Ignorance is dispelled by knowledge. Man's life can be rendered meaningful by gnosis giving him the opportunity to test himself and learn his personal strengths--what he is good at in life--and also learn and acknowledge what his weaknesses and shortcomings are. He can apply self-knowledge and live his life based on what his strengths are and at the same time improve himself and overcome his weaknesses and thus making him a better, more fulfilled individual through his existence on Earth.
Jul 9, 2015 - 11:03:25 PM

Fear Shapes Our Lives
Nine people gathered in a circle to study their sacred scripture were murdered in Charleston, South Carolina. There are many ways to understand this horrifying event. A Greek student of mine wrote me from Athens that night, bewildered by the violence, and asked if there is a civil war between blacks and white in America. The answer to that is a firm No, of course, because the violent attacks are almost exclusively white-on-black. But it is easy to understand why people around the globe would see the violence in America as a sign of a civil war. The sad truth is that these murderous impulses are rooted in our unfinished and undigested civil war of 150 years ago and the systems of slavery which preceded it.
Jul 9, 2015 - 10:36:25 PM

Down the Road
Down the Road a Piece to... I forget where
Then we headed out John Street in search of a back way back to Belfast and Searsport to avoid once more driving through Camden. After a few right turns, we somehow found ourselves back on John Street, heading back to Route 1. (Mind you, I wasn't lost, just a bit confused. Maineiacs, even imported ones like me, never get lost. Just turned around.) After driving through busy Campden again, we headed toward Belfast on Route 52.
Jul 9, 2015 - 12:06:56 AM

Down the Road
Down the Searsport Road a Piece
We're settling in at our new "rent" in Searsport, an apartment about a half-mile off the nearest road, Routes 1 and 3. I used to live in Swanville a hundred or so years ago, while I was teaching in Thorndike. That's how I got to know the area. Belfast, about five miles away, has a nice system of parks within the city. Yesterday we stopped at one of them and watched a white cruise ship docked at the town dock. We know nothing about the "American Glory," except it made a peaceful background as we visited one of the city's parks.
Jun 28, 2015 - 9:55:46 PM

Down the Road
Down the Same Old Road
Years later at a ministers' conference, another minister declared that I was a communist because I didn't like softball. He was half right. I didn't like softball. But I loved volleyball, which apparently didn't prevent me from being a communist. (Volleyball didn't require any skills, just jump up and down and holler and take an occasional swat at the ball as it went flying past my ball-avoiding head.) I may have -- actually not -- been a communist, but it was that preacher who said I was who a few years ago was caught "running around" (without a ball) with a deacon's wife. I don't know what happened to the wife, but the preacher ended up leaving the state -- and I hope the ministry.
Jun 20, 2015 - 8:17:30 PM

Embracing the Life Changing Power of Africa: My Travels with King Kong
Our group of 20 fellow travelers was divided into teams to handle the daily chores of cooking, cleaning, loading and unloading of gear, and setup of camp, which included the task of gathering firewood and making the fire for cooking. (So how do you find firewood in the middle of the Sahara Desert? You don't -- but you do find camel dung which makes a pretty good fire.) I was given the job of mechanic, being responsible for checking the fluid levels, tires, and general mechanical condition of our two vehicles, one of which was an old British Army bus named "King Kong". What began as a simple daily routine of checking oil and water levels became a nightmare of mechanical breakdowns. There were broken springs to replace, clogged fuel lines, flat tires to fix, and finally the big breakdown came when a valve dropped through the top of the piston, leaving us stranded in the middle of the Sahara 200 miles from the nearest town!
Jun 15, 2015 - 9:33:46 AM

Down the Road
One of two phones that didn't work, but now do -- we hope.
I spent two and a-half hours on the phone at the cable company's somewhere-in-the-South headquarters, trying to get what was broke fixed. That was yesterday. Today it got fixed. Turned out that one of the "boxes" chuck full of electronic signals and circuits was worn out.
Jun 14, 2015 - 1:27:10 AM

Down the Road
Down the just-moved Road about 30 miles from where we were
Nor do I recall how Mike, one of their nine kids, and I became friends. What I do remember is Mike helping me onto Little Guy, who was anything but little. Looking back, I think he stood about 16 hands tall, a hand, I believe being four inches in length. He was a giant to me with Mike teaching me how to ride. Little Guy and I rode all through the woods, which I'm guessing must have been about 20 acres or so between Suburbia and the Great Valley. The Great Valley had once been farms, and there still were some. But Suburbia was quickly moving in to where the farms had been.
Jun 9, 2015 - 4:56:35 AM

My experience in nursing vs. holistic nursing
As a nurse working in hospitals I followed the usual routines caring for my patients. I enjoyed the work and did this for many years. There was always something new to learn, and I joined nursing organisations in order to keep up with the latest trends. But then, all this changed when I attended one particular meeting. The subject was "diet," so I expected the usual recommendation of "meat and two vegetables, fats, dairy and carbohydrates." Instead, the presenter introduced us to something called "Applied Kinesiology" and showed through muscle testing that certain foods were not appropriate for certain individuals.
Jun 7, 2015 - 3:25:30 AM

Down the Road
Down the Road some distance
Summer in Maine I find interesting, unlike the hot summers of my childhood in suburban Philadelphia, where it would become hot and stay that way. I remember standing in the back yard as a kid, dreaming of our annual August trip to Maine. It was okay in Maine in the daytime, not as hot as Pennsylvania but hot enough to be comfortable. It was the evenings when things turned arctic. On would go the sweaters and even jackets to stay warm. This, if I remember, was part of the fun....different than Pennsylvania.
May 31, 2015 - 6:38:10 AM

Down the Road
Down the Old Maine Road
But it stated something I found interesting, that all things in life turn out for the good, even though some things don't appear to be good while they're happening. So, I thought -- actually thought -- about my own life and things that have happened to me. Many of them turned out, if not good themselves, to be stepping stones to better circumstances. I didn't come to Maine in 1965 to work. I came to have fun, hike, canoe, ride boats from coastal towns, bird hunt, and otherwise enjoy myself. Once we live in Searsport, I'll have time with Dolores to do the things I came to Maine to do. And there is much to do not far from Searsport.
May 24, 2015 - 6:17:15 AM

Six Lessons I've Learned After Two Tragedies
I never would have imagined the path my life has taken. I have experienced the depths of sorrow and known the essence of true joy. I have come to believe out of the tragedy of losing my dear two sons within two short years, that it serves each of us to embrace every moment, because that is all that is certain. Every moment is a gift to learn from and gain insight from. Our moments become part of us and make us who we are.
May 21, 2015 - 5:58:50 AM

Down the Road
State parks opening, a sign spring has arrived
I saw a letter to the editor today, encouraging us all to go up and visit Peaks Kenny State Park a few miles north of Dover Foxcroft. I've never been there, largely because it's pretty far from our home, about 70 miles I believe without measuring the miles in the Gazetteer. That map says we can picnic, camp, and otherwise enjoy the park alongside Sebec Lake, another place we haven't visited. In western Maine, we've never visited the tiny Range Pond State Park, but we've been to Sebago Lake State Park and even ridden the river boat there. When we lived in South Paris, we spent much time on the trails of the White Mountain National Forest, but that's not a state park.
May 17, 2015 - 8:35:17 AM

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