Recently, we took the no-frills American direct flight from Portland to DC. It was a quiet flight, despite being in a post cocktail hour time slot.  After the crawl to the arrival gate, and just before the lights were turned on, I overheard the flight attendant say, “Not a single person is standing”. (“Well,” I thought, “this flight came from Maine, where behavior is the way it should be!”)

Having grown up in Maine, I seldom received praise for having manners and obeying rules. That was the expectation.

However, having lived with three golden retrievers over the years, I have seen the delightful effects of positive reinforcement. So, Mainers, (and visitors), “Good girl!, Good boy!”

Gib Twitchell
Portland and Turner

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