Down the Road
More moose tales
One of my more "relaxed" encounters was the fall afternoon I arrived home at our "camp" on the shore of a lake to find a big bull moosey guy standing between the car and the camp. I had two options, well, actually one, and I chose it. I remained sitting in the car to await my turn to cross the yard. (The other option would have been to run for the camp. But Bullwinkle might have decided he liked a good afternoon tag game, especially if he were "it.")
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:20:17 AM
Motivation for writing 'Joseph of Arimathea'
I was motivated to write this book as a means of possibly answering many of my own questions which others failed to do. I found that the biblical stories left more questions than answers and so the gaps needed to be filled. It seems that the stories of this man known as Jesus, had been investigated around Jesus himself. I felt that he needed to be investigated through the people and organizations that surrounded him.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:15:09 AM
Diary of Death
I am no longer aware of time or anything else except what is on my television screen. I hear and see that the second tower has begun to lean ominously and ABC News is stating that the second tower is going to fall too! Suddenly, the air is filled with news flashes and a new word is beginning to emerge. Terrorists!
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:07:33 AM
5 Ways Social Media is a Negative Influence On Self-Esteem
Social media is the new version of personal branding and not-so-intimate personal connection. It has its positives and its negatives--the negatives being that it can be addictive and self-esteem damaging. Many people use social media to promote how great their love lives are, their travel lives, work lives, family lives, etc. Others use it to vent about how horrible their lives are. Either way, people can be whoever they want to be in social media, and if we take what we see/read literally then it's possible that we can feel we are falling short in life. Take stock this spring of why social media has such an important place in your life. Is it the need for stimulation, for confirmation of your importance, to connect with others, to have a distraction when anxiety creeps in, or is to find an escape from the rawness of life and to garner some sense of control?
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:33:45 AM
Is Food Your Frenemy?
When we are in a love-hate relationship with food we are actually in a love-hate relationship with ourselves. We cannot feel love for ourselves if we are buried under feelings of not having any control. We are feeling fat and unattractive, or full and guilty. Nothing positive can enter when we allow food to trigger these low-self-worth emotions. Discipline and self-love are black and white. If we are out-of-control we are not behaving maturely. The way to make food your friend is to know your limits. Food should make you feel good about yourself not bad. Learn to see the rewards in self-control and feeling HOT rather than in the temporary taste-sensation euphoria that will only lead to self-hatred later.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:45:07 AM
The Circle of Life by Bill Cummings
I am the caretaker for my Dad, a job I truly love. I guess I am just returning the favor. I know some day I might be me in his shoes. I have many kids and I am setting an example for them. This is the circle of life. One of our grown daughters was home last weekend as she wanted to take a break from her Master's program. So we all went to dinner, and low and behold, when the bill came, she offered to pay her own way! I was shocked.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:42:34 AM
When we related this story to our friends and relatives, nobody believed us at first, but when we told them that it was the absolute truth, everyone was incredulous! This couldn't have happened, especially at a very fine hospital in a very excellent doctor's office in Lewiston, Maine. But it did, it really did! And oh yes, the only thing I changed in the story was the doctor's name.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:23:09 AM
Best Practices for Successful Online Dating
On line dating can be intimidating- especially for those of you who have been out of the dating game for a while. You may wonder if its safe, how comfortable you feel competing in such an open forum, how you will handle potential rejection, or how you will feel, perhaps not getting any attention at all. All these concerns are valid- you no doubt feel more vulnerable than you did at 16. Here are my best practices for successful online dating.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:20:21 AM
Down the Road
Moose I've met -- and chipmunks
It's one thing to be nervous about a bull moose when he's trotting off ahead of you. It's another thing when a bull moose is walking toward you. I remained motionless, partly because being scared stiff kind of excludes running and partly because there is no way a scared stiff man can outrun a moose.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:27:33 AM
Ashland High School Graduation - 1963
Life takes you where it wants and you simply have no control one way or the other. It doesn't mean that it's bad, that's just the way Life is.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:17:30 AM
Religion is answers that may never be questioned
Inspired by other works, this novel suggests that Jesus' final resting place is in the south of France. "Books such as 'The Da Vinci Code' scratch the surface in regards to alternative religious beliefs," McRonald said. "I wanted to write something that takes these ideas to the next level so that we can further explore the roots of Christianity." The following is an excerpt from Chapter 22 of the novel "The Crisis of Revelation" By Ross McRonald.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:20:00 AM
Mr. Bunners & the Snowman
Just as he was about to fall asleep, he heard a lot of jibber, jabbering in the air above him. He jumped up and hopped out of his hiding place just in time to see his two friends, Bubber and Flubber Crow as they flew away into the cool fall air.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:35:09 AM
Down the Road
Ah, those old bus tales
Which is when I, the humble bus driver who knew more about getting buses up the mountain than did the ranger who had never gotten one up any mountain, spoke up. At the moment, we were halfway down the mountain. It was easy. Just shift into low gear, make sure you know where the brake pedal is, and enjoy the ride. I said, "Actually, going up is not a problem. It's going down."
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:33:17 AM
Raising an Olympian
How do you raise an Olympic athlete? The first question you want to ask yourself is not "How?' it's "Why?" Do you want your child to be an Olympic athlete, because it is their dream, or yours? In the former case there is a foundation for success, as you are supporting your child in something they have a burning desire to do. In the latter case, it can be a recipe for disaster and ultimately lead to the disintegration of your relationship.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:27:23 AM
The Fishing Pole
Our Great Uncle Hal had a fishing pole that he treasured beyond anything else. He'd saved his money for a long time and finally, when he had enough, he'd sent all the way down to L. L. Beans in Freeport to get it.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:17:36 AM
How to Recover from Your F-Up Parents
To recover from Toxic Parents is a lifetime of discovery, recovery, redefining and unlearning. We develop all of our false beliefs in childhood. We learn through how our parents treated us if we were lovable or not, good or bad, worthy or unworthy. They are our God's when we are little. We are dependent upon them, we believe them, and strive to be "good." This vulnerability is fractured when we have toxic parents. We must get our power back as adults and differentiate. Differentiating means you separate and individuate from the beliefs of your parents and find and claim your own ideas about yourself, life and people.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:43:35 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: A Twist of Lyme:Battling a Disease That "Doesn't Exist" By Andrea Caesar
I, as the reader cannot simply tell you of how horrible Lyme disease can be, but this young woman has the ability to describe and define all the various twists and turns this monster takes as it makes its destructive way through her body.
Feb 11, 2014 - 6:07:32 AM
Down the Road
Route 219 has lots of curves, and as Henrietta took us around one, I saw that the road ahead was totally snow-covered. I hit her brakes, but it was too late to stop, so Henrietta took us off the road down into a field that was also snow-covered. I noticed that she was still moving, and I could see the road not too far away and above us, so I followed the old Maine driver's rule. If the vehicle is still moving, don't take your foot off the gas. We kept going and kept going until bye and bye we were back on the road again, just past the place where the snow ended.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:30:01 AM
Getting the Love You Want this Valentine's Day and Each Day
Whether you are single or in a relationship, chances are love is on your mind- especially at this time of year. What is the secret to attracting your soul mate and the loving relationship you yearn for? Really, it's very simple. It all starts with you and loving yourself. Only when you truly love yourself can you be in a loving relationship. Here are my five tips to truly loving yourself so you can get the love you want.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:23:03 AM
When I was about sixteen, I went to work as a clerk at Chasse's Drugstore in Ashland. The large, turn of the century building sat on the corner of Main and Oak Streets and three-quarters of the building held everything that one could possibly need, from pots and pans to clothing. This century old emporium held magical and wondrous things for old and young alike.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:17:00 AM
Divorce and Acceptance: an Unlikely Pairing
Divorces don't last forever; they just feel like they do. If you resist the reality of divorce, your thoughts about how awful it is will persist. Whatever we resist persists. Accept that things will be weird and uncomfortable for a while. They are only as stressful, or as calm, as you think they are. If you stay in your own business, practice radical self-care, and manage your thoughts, you can move past the suffering.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
The Reluctant Repairman
"Yah want to know what's really wrong with these friggin machines? Well they're state of the art that what they are, en they're really too smart fer most people!" With another contemptuous look in my direction, he went stamping down the cellar stairs and out the garage door, hopefully never to be seen again!
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:20:02 AM
Is Our Justice System Broken: Bondholder Rep Weighs In
After spending 13 years in the US Federal Bankruptcy Court as a bondholder representative, it has become obvious that truth and justice are no longer the primary objectives of our court system.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:17:38 AM
Man Up to Your Children: Do Not Let Them Determine Your Love Life
What happens when a man has met a woman who really makes him happy but his teenage kids hate her for no reason? If a man is not strong in his own Self he stands to lose it all in this situation... the respect of his kids and the loss of a love. Although men do not like being in the middle, it is an opportunity for them to set their way and establish who they are and what their role is with all involved.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:07:27 AM
Russia: The Land of my Childhood
I think the difference between the American and the Russian attitude towards children is mostly about the way these cultures perceive safety. In America, the general logic is that the government will protect its citizens. When something goes wrong, Americans immediately try to figure out which laws would fix the problem.... Ekaterina Yuvasheva was born in Rostov, Russia a few years before the fall of the Soviet Union. At fifteen, her family moved to America where she graduated college, then Temple University Pharmacy school and become a Pharmacist.
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:20:30 AM
I Survived, So Can You
Over the years I have found clients need someone to hear their story more than anything. But that someone needs to listen and not judge the type of life the client has lived because of the abuse they have survived. I am that someone. I have walked in the proverbial abused shoes, survived; found my sense of self, self-confidence and self-esteem. This alone encourages clients to begin their own healing journeys. I survived and live a happy successful life, so they can too.
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:07:02 AM
Down the Road
I have met hikers on the Appalachian Trail, their feet encased in heavy looking boots that I think would leave me exhausted should I try a step or two while wearing them. That's hiking. I mean walking, where you can wear basically any comfortable shoe and where you may be walking a mile or seven or eight -- but not over 2,000 miles as an AT hike involves.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:33:05 AM
Ashland might have been called a one horse town by some but, it was also a one cop town. In the late 1950's, Ashland was in desperate need of a new town cop so, a search was initiated and a man was finally hired who was from "away." The new town cop's name was Richard Casey and it didn't take too long before his nickname around town was "Dick" for reasons I shall elaborate on.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:15:03 AM
Catholic Church Q and A on the Philippines and Typhoon Haiyan
Following are FAQs to provide background for the Feb. 1-7 trip of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and others to Philippines to visit area struck by Typhoon Haiyan. With a speed of 195 mph, Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) has affected an estimated 14 million people in 9 regions of the Philippines and, according to the Philippine government, resulted in 6,201 deaths, 28,626 injuries, 1,785 missing persons and the displacement of over 4 million individuals.
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:15:33 AM
The third grade brought a whole new dimension into my life in the form of Ethelene Munroe. Ethelene had already retired as a Latin teacher after teaching some thirty-odd years in the high school and she only occasionally accepted substitute teaching jobs. She must have been at least seventy years old by the time she taught my class and she was more than a little senile. When the principal announced that she was coming, we waited for her arrival with a mixture of fear and excitement because her reputation at the high school had extensively preceded her.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:15:02 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "In the Mists of Time" by Richard D. Baldwin
This is a story about two young men, artists, who move to a dilapidated farmhouse along the Maine coast and after buying the property, they discover a secret about the previous owners that takes the reader back to the sailing days when slaves were being brought to our American shores. This book was originally published in "2006" under the title "The Gibbs' Place Mystery."
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:17:30 AM
Lost in Teen: Part Six
Mark continued to feel the guilt from not going home with Matt. It continued to haunt him as they went into Jeff's basement to play guitars. Jeff started playing a four chord melody made up of G, Em, C, and D. It seemed pleasant to listen to so Mark started imitating Jeff. In a very short time Mark was playing the four chords and Jeff started trying out types of lead notes as Mark played. It made Mark feel good to be playing out a "song" they had just made up.
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:15:18 AM
Down the Road
The parking lot is also fun. That's where people must have taken an oath to never look before they back up. That's also where people park so close to you, you can't open your door. When I drive my bus through the parking lot, a car or usually SUV is parked where I'm supposed to stop to let people get on the bus.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:33:31 AM
Valdis Lauva: From 'Insula' to the USA
In 1944, Valdis was drafted into the German army and was sent to Germany but Mirta was pregnant and stayed in Latvia. When the war ended in 1945, he and other Latvians were moved to the DP camp, Insula, in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Valdis was not able to find out what happened to Mirta after the war. She was subsequently legally declared dead, so we were able to marry. It was not till later when the mail got through; we received word that Valdis' family in Latvia was fine.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:27:31 AM
"A man really doesn't know when he's well off." Bub thought to himself for the hundredth time that week. He could still hear his wife's shrill words ringing in his ears. "I must be speakin a foreign language," she'd say because Bub hadn't understood what she'd said and they didn't understand each other a lot!
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:23:04 AM
Would You Be mine? Could You Be Mine? Won't You Be...?
You don't have to be with a special someone to express love. Show yourself that you love you. Pampering is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to express love. It simply means that you cherish or admire someone and you're devoted to that individual. You know what? You can express that to yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back for all of the hard work, dedication and commitment you have demonstrated on the job.
Jan 24, 2014 - 12:10:04 AM
Lost In Teen - (Part five)
Mark was unsure if he needed to wait for his new roommate before walking home. Home. What did that word mean anymore? Was it just a term to distinguish where he was going to laying his head? He thought about a time when he had heard the expression that home was where your heart was. His heart. Where was his heart anymore? It wasn't with his dad and that house. That life was so full of hate and violence the last thing he wanted was to go back to that. He did miss his siblings, but they were no longer there either.
Jan 22, 2014 - 1:12:31 AM
The Dirty Thirties An excerpt from "Four Score and More" by LaVera Edick
During the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl days of the "Dirty Thirties," there were many homeless who traveled by foot or rail and were known as "tramps" or "hobos." One hobo known as "Steam Train Maury" developed a "Hobo Code"--a way of marking posts near farms.
Jan 22, 2014 - 12:57:15 AM
Down the Road
Those old Belgrade, Maine vacations
We, like E.B. White, did our long-distant traveling in those days by train. From our Paoli, PA home to Philadelphia, then to New York's Penn Station, then to Boston or Portland by Pullman. Waking up after a Pullman night and looking out the window to view evergreen trees whisking past was a delightful other awakening, the now we were in the genuine north country.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:30:23 AM
An Immigrant's First Impression
Ekaterina Yuvasheva was born in Rostov, Russia a few years before the fall of the Soviet Union. My family had a chance to move to America when I was in my teens. Though it happened almost thirteen years ago, some of the impressions and experiences of my first days in the new country are still fresh in my mind.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:25:11 AM