June 2017

Gary Lawless | Editor, Publisher and Poet

The author of 21 poetry collections, Gary Lawless has often pursued and expressed the development of his own ideas, but he also works to encourage others to find their voices. He and Beth Leonard opened Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick 38 years age as a community hub. … Continue reading

Susan D. Shaw, DRPH | Founder and Executive Director of the Marine and Environmental Research Institute

As an environmental scientist, Dr. Susan D. Shaw’s work over the last three decades has focused on the toxic exposure of people and animals to hazardous chemicals. In 1980, because of her background in both film and public health, photographer Ansel Adams commissioned her towrite the first … Continue reading

50 Mainers Leading by Example

Maine isn’t short on independent spirit. We have a long history of artists calling Maine home, escaping to the woods and sea to find inspiration. Small businesses drive our economy, which has one of the highest percentages of self-employed workers … Continue reading

High Concept

What is so appealing about sleeping in a tree house? It’s a question I return to time and again as I explore three tree dwellings that have been erected on the coast of Georgetown, a series of little woodland homes perched … Continue reading

Castine by Pentagoet

Both are in linen garb. His, white and straw-colored. Hers, a slate- gray tunic. The handsome couple could be actors in the movie Out of Africa in all that linen, I think,as I watch them for a few moments as … Continue reading

Counting their Blessings

In 1935, Paul and Alta Valente finished building a simple camp on 20 acres of land on Joy Bay in Gouldsboro that Paul had bartered for a few years earlier. The industrious owner of a trucking business who had immigrated to … Continue reading

Standard Gastropub

In Italy and other parts of Europe, it’s not unusual to find a restaurant attached to a service station. In fact, while not gourmet, some surprisingly excellent meals can be found at these roadside stops. William Holmes was aware of … Continue reading

David C. Driskell | Artist, Distinguished University Professor of Art Emeritus at The University of Maryland College Park

David C. Driskell first came to Maine in 1953 as a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency program, and has always felt that the state was a special place for artists. At his studio in Falmouth, where he lives during … Continue reading

Maureen Drouin | Executive Director at Maine Conservation Voters and Maine Conservation Alliance

As a child, Maureen Drouin loved playing outside—swimming, hiking, fishing, and camping. Now she works to protect Maine’s natural heritage for future generations. As executive director of Maine Conservation Voters, Drouin and her colleagues have quadrupled the political advocacy group’s budget and grown its staff, as well … Continue reading