Surviving Fear And Terror
The people of our country under the occupation by Russian Communists were living constantly in a nightmarish, terror-filled environment. Every day, some people's friends, relatives, or acquaintances mysteriously disappeared. The arrests and detentions happened during the night. Hatred against the repressive system was rising, but it was subdued and helpless because of an elaborate surveillance and spying network, which the new regime had installed.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:37:34 AM
Down the Road
The things that stick to my mind the most are what I did with my family. I remember a number of hikes with the kids. They may have been highlights. I remember the youngest, Scottie, riding the shoulder seat-pack and yanking at trees as we climbed Saddleback. I remember us all atop Baldpate. I remember looking at slides and asking the kids which mountain this was, and their reply, "Baldpate, of course." We had climbed that one several times.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:17:07 AM
Dad said that the first time he'd ever laid eyes on "tha suit" his Uncle Jimmy was wearin it, not well, but wearin it jist the same. Dad was nineteen years-old by then and it was nineteen thirty-four. The First World War was jist a bad memory in most people's minds and Grammy Stevens kept sayin "Thank You God!" because none of her family had been called up to lay their lives on tha line for that shitty war!
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:03:24 AM
The Healing Power of Story-Telling
I'm so glad that I had that experience. Going to that school for a few months and especially that one afternoon at my friend's house saved me. They saved me from a closed mind that would have really limited my thinking, my understanding, and my whole life. I'm so thankful for that....If we could learn how to both share our own stories and with neither judgment nor defensiveness, listen to those of others, we would grow in wisdom at a rate I don't think we even believe is possible.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:20:05 AM
Down the Road
I also feel old when people hold doors open for me at stores and restaurants. I explain to them that this is why I carry the walking stick. Not that I need it, but it gets people to open doors for me. They understand and chuckle, but I see in their eyes they're glad they're not getting old. What a surprise they have coming!
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:27:04 AM
Life is a culmination of choices
During my law enforcement career with the Birmingham, Alabama Police Department, I served as an Officer, Detective, Supervisor, and Administrator. As I got closer to retirement, I began to reflect on my empirical view on how the family, which is the cornerstone of this country, is fading fast because of bad choices made by selfish parents and a few incorrigible children.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:12:20 AM
His given name was "Kenneth" but, everyone who knew him, always called him "Macaroni." He was what some people might call the "town" character. Folks loved to play jokes on him and he was never one to let them down. He was blessed with a cheerful nature and would submit to whatever indignity done to him without a word of complaint. When you first laid eyes on him, you got the distinct impression that he was "simple," but if you looked closer, it was easy to see that there was a keen intelligence lurking somewhere just behind his eyes.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:52:17 AM
Self-Confidence Begins in the Home
A child's sense of self is shaped by every interaction he or she has, but is shaped most powerfully by how they are loved and parented in their home. How a child sees themselves will influence every aspect of their life from their education, relationships and over-all well-being. Life is about feeling good enough, competent, loved, successful and happy and the outer world doesn't always reflect this, so the unconditional love and acceptance at home is the catalyst for their greatness.
Jul 16, 2014 - 7:09:00 PM
"The Loving and Mystical Side of Islam" by Brad Tyndall
The first day I ate at the restaurant, a poor stranger in a clean jelibia robe came up to the cashbox and insisted on paying for my meal. He wouldn't back down. He pleaded with me by invoking a long array of religious petitions. At the next meal, and each time afterward, I tried to pay for my meal and some poor soul would jump up, invoke God (Alaik Allah!), and insist that I allow him to pay for me. I tried several techniques to try to pay, but to no avail.
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:25:05 AM
Down the Road
Those cute wily fox
My friend had the rabies shots. I had none, because my hot long jeans kept his mouth away from my tender white leg. But I missed my chance in gym class the next day, when we were all outside playing baseball. The other kids had heard about Brer's attempting to bite me and wanted to know if I had rabies. I missed the chance to slobber at them.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:27:17 AM
Crossroads: Not a Destination, But a Journey By George Q. Langstaff, Jr.
I have a sincere and deep belief in the importance of creating and fostering a close-knit family. My wife and I come from such families, we have created one and our children are doing the same. My family motto is "faith, family, friends," which inspires massive involvement in church and civic activities including leadership roles, financial support and work in the trenches.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:25:01 AM
8 Signs You are Dating a Psychopath
Are you in a love-relationship with a psychopath? Psychopaths are nearly impossible to detect. They appear to be normal, happy, charming, wonderful people who have it together. They do not appear disturbed, callous or devious. They tend to be extremely successful, convincing and in control of their lives. So, unless you are clear on what to look for, you could end up in the worst and most confusingly devastating experience of your life. These experiences can be so devastating that you lose trust in yourself, you lose hope in people and become confused about who and what to believe.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:17:13 AM
Down the Road
Why the fireworks? Is it because the U.S. declared independence from Great Britain with a lot of shooting? Perhaps. But in reality the shooting was only the means to an end. The end was the independence from English taxes and English control. I believe it was the Declaration of Independence that we should be celebrating -- done on paper by a group of men around a table or in uncomfortable chairs in Philadelphia. I have never read of any fireworks in that room.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:23:09 AM
Fried Zucchini Blossoms Recipe
In his new book, The Broken Heart Diet, author Tom Formaro explores how to channel heartbreak through cooking. Today at Magic City he has shared with us his recipe for Fried Zucchini Blossoms. A very easy recipe to follow.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:22:17 AM
Compelling True Stories of Latvian Refugees
They fled, leaving behind their homes and possessions, and they suffered the ravages of war, disease, and hunger. Insula -- Island of Hope, The Compelling True Stories of Latvian Refugees During and After World War II, edited by John and Ventis Plume, tells their stories.
Jul 2, 2014 - 1:55:45 AM
These two 'Medicine related' books appeared in our book baskets. On is a technical book and the other an extremely personal story of loss and the journey to bring Medical practitioners to account.
Jul 2, 2014 - 12:02:49 AM
Down the Road
Camping in the old Swanville camp
One of my bus passengers, whose name is not Lucy except for in this column, lives in Bar Harbor and has a camp in Swanville. Lucy built her camp on borrowed property about 20 years ago, and though living in Bar Harbor, finds her way several times a year to her camp. Where she stays and relaxes, although the camp has no electricity, running water, or septic system.
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:55:10 AM
Sammy and Lem had lived next door to each other all their lives. Their mothers had gone into labor on the same day and they'd been born three hours apart. The doctor had spent the day of November first, nineteen forty-four, running back and forth between the Baker and Maclean houses waiting to see which baby would arrive first. The boys had heard the story of their births so many times that when anybody brought the subject up; they'd tune them right out. They were downright sick of hearin about it.
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:10:24 AM
Down the Road
Saving the turtle
The jeweler also told me he picks up snappers -- brave guy -- by touching their noses with something besides his finger, and when they pull their nose in they are somehow paralyzed. He then just picks them up and moves them.
Jun 22, 2014 - 10:25:29 PM
When I was growing up in Aroostook County during the fifty's and sixty's, as in most small towns, many of the people who lived around us were related to us in one way or another. One of those who come to mind was a woman named Emma Goodrich.
Jun 20, 2014 - 5:15:27 AM
My worst day ever
It was a quiet Tuesday, and I was about ready to go to lunch when two bank robbers burst into my bank with guns a blazing. To make sure they had everybody's attention, one shot a round into the ceiling and the florescent light tubes crackled, popped and smashed to the floor in a million tiny shards.
Jun 20, 2014 - 5:10:17 AM
Down the Road
Bent over with stress but still standing
Jun 18, 2014 - 12:02:48 AM
Down the Road
Wolves in Maine?
According to a Bangor Daily News article, a "photograph of a wolflike animal purportedly was taken in the Gorham area in October. However, a state wildlife biologist, while agreeing the animal resembles a wolf, is "very skeptical" the scene was photographed in that part of Maine during the fall, suggesting - because of the vegetation and plant matter - that the locale looks more like Oregon."
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:20:37 AM
Celebrating Dad after Divorce: Key Strategies to a Child-Centered Father's Day
She admits that she has had a hard time letting go of managing the schedule one hundred percent of the time although the children are with Keith half of the time. It was her role to "make holidays special for the kids" so she acknowledges that, at times, she resents how the divorce has prevented her from the enjoyment that comes with celebrating special occasions with her children.
Jun 13, 2014 - 7:57:20 AM
The puzzle of Maggie Glascoe
When my mother, Maggie Glascoe, started to show the symptoms of Alzheimer's, nobody in the family really noticed. None of us had any experience with this debilitating condition, or any real knowledge. Besides, my mother always had some oddball habits, and when these became exaggerated, I thought little more about it.
Jun 11, 2014 - 12:20:49 AM
5 Tips to Build Power Resilience
Good news! Recent research on aging tells us that our lifestyle is the major determinant of how we'll age. So what lifestyle can keep those buzzards away? Yes, today there's much we can do to lower our risk of sickness or of being impaired even from diseases which, when I was in medical school, were essentially death sentences.
Jun 11, 2014 - 12:17:01 AM
Down the Road
Obtaining raw milk
One of those dairies I think is buying their milk is Stonyfield Farms, a New Hampshire company that specializes in organic milk. I think their buying milk from these turned-loose-upon-the-dairy-industry Moo Milk farmers fits right in, because we used to buy Stonyfield Farms milk before Moo Milk came along and we gave it a try.
Jun 8, 2014 - 12:30:02 AM
Walt adjusted his sunglasses to block the early morning sun as it reflected off the edge of the Piscataqua Bay Bridge and directly into his eyes. He accelerated just a dite and the rental Thunderbird picked-up the demand without hesitation. He leaned back and settled himself more comfortably into the soft, leather seat and let his mind wander a little, he was goin home. He looked up and saw his reflection in the rear view mirror and then he lifted his hand and rubbed it across the day-old stubble on his face. The light brown beard was mixed here and there with a just a hint of gray and Walt didn't particularly like that thought at all.
Jun 8, 2014 - 12:17:11 AM
Down the Road
Pretty good bear tale
A bus driver told me that while he was driving said bus down the Acadia National Park Loop Road south of the Jordan Pond restaurant in the middle of the park, he spotted a black bear crossing the road ahead and going into the woods. A passenger wanted to get a picture of the bear, so he stopped the bus. She got off and followed the bear into the woods. The bear, however, didn't like being followed, so he turned and followed the tourist back to the bus -- at a run.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:35:55 AM
The Complete Guide to Sex after Kids
Caring for children is physically and emotionally draining, leaving little time, effort or energy for finding your partner sexy. Privacy and quality time are both limited so even to sneak in a "quickie" can be near to impossible. So as unsexy as it may be, while kids are young you need to plan your romance and sex life. It is possible to have children and a sexually enjoyable marriage.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:22:49 AM
Saturday was Jake's favorite day of the week and it was his favorite day for many reasons. First, it meant that he didn't have to report back to his job at Pinkham Lumber till Monday. Two, it meant that he could escape from Ella's beady eyes for a few hours by taking the trash to the dump. Three, it meant that he could sit on the tailgate of his pickup and down a few cold beers without anyone giving him the fish eye.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:15:10 AM
Dad - The Final Years
The last fifteen years of Dad's working life was spent working as a janitor at Pinkham's Lumber Company, which is located just outside of Ashland on the Portage Road. Pinkham Lumber, at that time, had the distinction of being the only fully-automated lumber mill in the United States. It utilized every piece of the tree, nothing was wasted.
May 28, 2014 - 7:53:15 AM
Down the Road
Canoeing and tipping over
My oldest son, then in his early teens, wanted to canoe on Daicey Pond in Baxter during a birthday getaway for him. He was in the canoe, and I was on the dock, when I asked him if he wanted any instructions. "No!" he informed dear old Dad. Dear old Dad then pushed the canoe away from the dock, and dear old Dad stood and chuckled
May 25, 2014 - 12:25:31 AM
Dad and Me
Dad loved to fish and with eight kids, he usually took a couple of us with him every time he went because he knew that if he didn't, there'd be a lot of sulking at home when he returned.
May 25, 2014 - 12:12:26 AM
10 Steps to Dealing with a Combative Ex
Dealing with divorce is never easy. In fact it is one of the most stressful and grueling experiences to go through. Whatever the issues are which ended the marriage, being divorced can be harder than it ever was being married, especially if you share children. When divorced couples share children there is no ending to the relationship which makes moving on difficult because the children bind ex's together for life. We not only have to deal with our ex but we have to often deal solely with all the aspects of them that we tried to divorce. It is sometimes impossible not to react but there are ways to find that self-control in an effort to protect the emotions of the children.
May 23, 2014 - 7:37:35 AM
How Calling and Passion Arise from a Broken Heart: Reflections and Tools
Recognize that your pain is both individual and collective. Although your loss is personal, it is never limited to you alone. Myriads of others suffer from the same kind of wounding you had to go through. We are individuals but we are also never disconnected from the world in its suffering, hopes and aspirations.
May 21, 2014 - 1:07:30 AM
Down the Road
Pay what you can, deah
These electronic machines respond to your phone call, when the person you're trying to reach isn't there. In the case of employees, they usually aren't there. But a short time later Dolores received a call from the hospital. She actually talked to a live person -- which tempted her to drop the phone and jump up and down for glee. The caller told her they didn't have a plan. "Pay what you can, deah, " was the payment plan the caller suggested. Sounds like a good plan. We will.
May 18, 2014 - 1:25:14 AM
The marriage, by all accounts, seemed happy. At least that's what folks always thought. They never seemed to argue or bicker like a lot of other young, married couples did. When folks asked how long they'd been married, they'd glance lovingly at each other and a look would flash between them. Jake would reach over and give Cassie a little pat on her bottom and say, "Not long enough, is it honey?" His wife would gaze him with looove shinin in her pretty blue eyes and nod her head in agreement. Theirs was a happy marriage indeed.
May 18, 2014 - 1:07:13 AM
About five years ago, my husband Leo, decided that we needed to buy a newer vehicle and he set about finding one with a vengeance. He made a list of all the local used car dealerships in our immediate area and after work each day, he'd stop and check out what they had available. We had discussed our needs and wants very thoroughly prior to beginning the hunt so I was very surprised when he came flying home the second night with want burning a hole in his checkbook.
May 16, 2014 - 7:53:09 AM
Upon Hearing the Breeze in the Trees
The self-replicated performances of the era's popular ballads, by family piano concertos, now came to life on phonographs heralding the songs by authentic performances. The new invention now allowed a family in Atlanta, Georgia to hear Enrico Caruso sing Domine Deus from Trinity Church in Camden, New Jersey. It allowed the mid westerner to hear Louis Mitchell sing Ain't We Got Fun from a performance at Casino de Paris (16 rue De Clichy), in Paris, France.
May 14, 2014 - 12:15:30 AM