January 2018


Friday Evening My friend Phi and I arrive at our home base for the weekend, the Pressey House Lakeside Bed and Breakfast in Oakland, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Waterville. With a view of Messalonskee Lake from both our … Continue reading

Westbrook, Gorham + Windham

Friday Evening PineCrest Inn is a short walk from Gorham’s downtown, which will make exploring the town easy. My friend, Zach, and I have reservations at MK Kitchen, so I walk over after checking in to my room. The restaurant is … Continue reading

Narrative Structure

The house came first. Then, seeping from its sea-spray-weathered walls and dripping from graceful rooflines, came the inklings of an idea, a niggling desire to write. Then came George Nixon Black, striding into Jane Goodrich’s mind, a smartly dressed character of … Continue reading


When I was 12 years old and had just moved to Maine from New York City, I went out for the first time on a boat that belonged to a friend from school. I remember he told me about a remote … Continue reading

Main Stay, Rockland

We’re driving in from the Camden Hills and a sudden whip of wind creates a midmorning white-gray haze across the road. There’s no line of traffic today on Route 1, now that we’re far from the season of schooners, lobster, … Continue reading

Gulf Guardian

Corrie Roberts, the captain of the Maine Marine Patrol’s flagship vessel, walks down the pier in baggy fatigues, sea bag over her shoulder, Glock on her hip, and a crooked grin on her face, then she boards the Guardian III. At … Continue reading

Frozen Face-Off

A luminous moon and a sprinkle of stars have emerged above the trees that encircle Messalonskee Lake. Shuffling carefully across its frozen surface, shadowy figures break through plumes of mist, as the warmth of their breath quickly dissipates in the sharp … Continue reading

Amanda Beal | Maine Farmland Trust

Amanda Beal of Maine Farmland Trust discusses the importance of food policy and begs the question “is there really a food movement underway?”