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Retired publishing executive ecstatic with the idea of spending most of his time on the coast of Maine

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pushcart Prize nomination

My publisher for One Man's Maine , Dede Cummings of Green Writers Press , has nominated the first essay in the book ("Berries") for a Pushcart Prize. Pushcart is a wonderful series of books honoring the literary contributions of small presses, now in its 42nd year of annual publication. The Press receives hundreds of nominations a year from journals and independent publishers, and I'm very pleased to be among them.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I love New England

some recent pix:

 Ash Point Preserve, looking north - Owls Head

Lake Megunticook, Lincolnville

 Newcastle Conservation Area, Newcastle

Megunticook River, Camden

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Harvey and Maria and Jose have been almost entirely beneficent here on the coast of Maine, providing endless highs of blue sky and green spirits*, August-like temperatures^, calm winds#, and perpetual surf+. Usually, such calm produces a flat and boring sea, but perhaps surf is nature's way of reminding us of power and destruction. You'd never know otherwise, and certainly not from the White House, that Americans elsewhere are suffering terrible privations.

Aren't we lucky that Jose and Maria did not produce a Baby Jesús up here, full of wrath? I'm counting my blessings with every wave that knocks on rocks.

* But ironically not enough rain.
^ 90 degrees in Caribou? Do you know how far north that is?
# Also irony abounding.
+ Just enough height, splash, and noise to be comforting day and night.