July 11, 2013

Alan Caron: Summer in Maine is the time for appetizer-sized ideas

Let's save the great and pressing issues for later and ponder some small insights and questions.

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But no matter how young we believe we are, events have a way of regularly dragging us back to something closer to reality. Like injuries from things you always did without injury. And obituaries. When you're 30, you don't even notice obits, but they creep up on you as you get older.

We lost some wonderful people in Maine recently, two of them well-known, while the third was simply known well, to his friends. They were all energetic, talented and caring people who made a difference in Maine, in their own way.

Nan Sawyer was a force of nature in the Portland area and in so many organizations that helped make this a better place.

Jim Dowe, who headed the Bangor Savings Bank and later Maine Public Broadcasting, contributed in countless ways to the state.

Phil Murphy was a longtime member of my golf league in Freeport. He was a guy who always had a smile on his face, no matter how bad his swing was that day, with a big heart for everyone, and especially for his wife, Lucy.

I'm going to miss them all.

Alan Caron is president of Envision Maine, a nonprofit organization that promotes Maine's next economy, and a partner in the Caron & Egan Consulting Group. He can be contacted at:



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